Rebecca Loebe
Loebe performing in 2013
Background information
Birth nameRebecca Ann Loebe
Born (1983-08-17) August 17, 1983 (age 38)
Arlington, Virginia, US
Genresindie rock, pop rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2004–present
Associated actsEllis Paul, Raina Rose, Matt the Electrician, Ashley McBryde, Findlay Napier Livingston Taylor
Websitewww.rebeccaloebe.com

Rebecca Ann Loebe (born August 17, 1983) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer. She has performed and toured with such recording artists as Shawn Colvin, The Civil Wars, Gregory Alan Isakov, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Ellis Paul amongst others.[1] In 2011 she made her international broadcast television debut on The Voice (American TV series)[2] . In addition to being a solo singer she is a founding member of Austin-based band Nobody's Girl.

Early life

Loebe was born in Alexandria, Virginia to parents Albert Loebe and Cecelia Bonfils. She and her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia when she was eight years old. She performed in public school choruses and musicals and began playing guitar at age 11.[3] In her sophomore year of high school, her father took her to Eddie's Attic in Decatur, Georgia where she began to play at the Monday night open mic.[4] Loebe graduated high school at the age of 16 and was accepted to Berklee College of Music as a vocal principal where she graduated with a degree in Music Production and Engineering.[5]

After college Loebe worked at a recording studio in Boston as an audio engineer. While working there, Loebe snuck into the studio to record demos of her own songs; these recordings comprised her first album Hey, It’s a Lonely World which was released independently in December 2004.[6]

Music career

Initially, Loebe continued to work as a freelance audio engineer while performing at colleges and coffeehouses on the east coast of the US. She has said in interviews that she worked as an assistant engineer at Gallop Studios in Atlanta in between tour dates for over a year to barter time for the recording of her second full-length album Mystery Prize.'.[7]

In 2010, Loebe's album, “Mystery Prize”, spent 10 weeks on the Americana Top 40 chart. She signed an album deal with European record label Continental Record Services.[8] She was slated to perform on a European tour in the Spring of 2011 but the tour was canceled when she was cast on the first season of NBC's The Voice.[9]

Loebe performing in 2013, L-R Raina Rose, Loebe, Will Robertson, Bernice Hembree, Bryan Hembree
Loebe performing in 2013, L-R Raina Rose, Loebe, Will Robertson, Bernice Hembree, Bryan Hembree

Loebe recorded and released Circus Heart in 2012, produced by Austin songwriter Matt the Electrician on the Black Wolf Records imprint. The album was funded by fans who pre-ordered the album off of her website. Circus Heart was released in Europe by Continental Record Services.[10]

In 2013 Loebe toured nationally with folk songwriter Ellis Paul. She also toured in Texas and Oklahoma with Raina Rose and Smokey & The Mirror, and those shows were recorded by Virginia-based Americana label Goose Creek Music and was released as a 3-album live set in 2014.[11]

In 2014, Loebe led a creativity workshop and performed at Yokota Air Base in Fussa, Tokyo. Later in 2014, Rebecca performed in The Netherlands for the first time and has performed every year since. On her second tour of The Netherlands in 2015, she performed on Voetbal Inside, a sports show hosted by Dutch football star Johan Derksen.[12]

Blink, her fourth full-length studio album, was released in 2017. Record label executive Denby Auble saw Loebe performing while on tour promoting the album and offered her a record deal on Blue Corn Music.[13]

In 2018, Loebe co-founded the band Nobody’s Girl with songwriters Betty Soo and Grace Pettis. The group was initially formed as a one-time package tour but after a songwriting retreat at Fischer Studios in Fischer, TX they were offered a record deal by Luckyhounds Music and recorded their first EP Waterline.[14]

Loebe was mentioned as a new favorite musician of the character Morgan, in the 2018 New York Times Bestselling novel, Leah on The Offbeat, written by Becky Albertalli.[15]

In 2019, Loebe released her fifth full-length studio album, Give Up Your Ghosts. Her single, Growing Up was featured in Rolling Stone magazine listed as the Top 10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week.[16]

In November 2019, Loebe announced plans to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of her album “Mystery Prize": she planned an intimate, acoustic concert tour in 2020 where she was to re-visit songs and stories from the album. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those dates had to be postponed to 2022. [17]

In July 2021, Nobody's Girl released their first full-length album, titled Nobody's Girl. [18]

Awards and recognition

The Voice

Loebe on the set, The Voice 2011
Loebe on the set, The Voice 2011

In 2011, Loebe was invited to audition for the first season of NBC's "The Voice," where she sang Nirvana's "Come As You Are" in the auditions, making Adam Levine's team[24] and charting on iTunes in The US, Europe and South America.[25] In the Battle rounds, she sang "Creep" against Devon Barley, at which point Barley advanced and Loebe left the show.[26] Her version of “Come As You Are” was the only recording by a non-semifinalist to be included on the compilation album The Voice: Season 1 Highlights released by Republic Records.[27]

Discography

Album name Format Year released
Hey, It's a Lonely World LP 2004
The Brooklyn Series EP 2007
Mystery Prize LP 2010
Bees & Zombies EP 2011
Circus Heart LP 2012
Three Nights Live (with Raina Rose and Smokey & The Mirror) LP 2014
Rebecca Loebe Live LP 2014
Vittles & Valentines EP 2016
Blink LP 2017
Waterline (with Nobody's Girl) EP 2018
Filthy Jokes (as Rebecca Loebe & Findlay Napier) EP 2018
Give up Your Ghosts LP 2019
Nobody's Girl (with Nobody's Girl) LP 2021

References

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  2. ^ Dickinson, Chrissie. "Seems like Rebecca Loebe has been singing since forever”. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ct-ott-rebecca-loebe-1110-story.html
  3. ^ "'The Voice' Within" The Brandeis Hoot http://thebrandeishoot.com/articles/11516
  4. ^ Jump up ^ Rhone, Nedra. "Rebecca Loebe's prize is tour with music legend". Access Atlanta. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  5. ^ Jump up ^ Dufresne, Emily. "Berklee College Alum Notes". Berlee College Alum Notes. Berklee College. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  6. ^ "Crooners In Coffee Shops - Rebecca Loebe - by Heather Allen - June 26, 2019 -".
  7. ^ "Riveting Riffs Magazine - Rebecca Loebe - Give Up Your Ghosts - Joe Montague - March 4, 2019".
  8. ^ "Johnny's Garden - The Rebecca Loebe Interview - Give Up Your Ghosts - Ed Muitjens- June 29, 2010".
  9. ^ "Wono Magazine - Rebecca Loebe Live - April 19, 2014".
  10. ^ Frederick, Brittany. "Big Red Chairs: The Rebecca Loebe Interview.” Big Red Chairs. http://bigredchairs.com/2012/08/03/big-red-chairs-the-rebecca-loebe-interview/
  11. ^ Kucik, Adam. "Rebecca Loebe: A Spunky Singer-Songwriter in Full Control of Her Voice.” No Depression. http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/rebecca-loebe-a-spunky-singer-songwriter-in-full-control-of-her
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  13. ^ "The Oklahoman - Ghosts Buster Rebecca Loebe Works On Letting Go With New Album - by Brandy McDonnell - February 8 2019".
  14. ^ "All Access Music - An Interview With The Austin Based Trio, Nobody's Girl - by Leah Brungardt - September 21, 2018".
  15. ^ "Leah On The Offbeat (Creekwood #2 (7) - by Becky Albertalli".
  16. ^ "Rolling Stone Magazine - 10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week - March 25, 2019 - by Robert Crawford".
  17. ^ "Rebecca Loebe – Mystery Prize 2020 Tour". bluedoorokc.com.
  18. ^ "American Songwriter - Review: Nobody's Girl's Self-Titled Album - by Hal Horowitz - August 2 2021". americansongwriter.com.
  19. ^ "Billboard - Heatseekers - #9 Northeast - paragraph 6 - Tue February 26th, 2019".
  20. ^ "Austin 360 Entertainment Life - Black Fret Awards $25,000 in Grants to 20 Austin Acts at Annual Gala- Peter Blackstock - Dec 8, 2018".
  21. ^ "Billboard Biz - Come As You Are - Rebecca Loebe - Chart position #9".
  22. ^ "No Depression - Americana Music Association Announces Top 100 Americana Albums of 2010 - Kim Ruehl - Posted On December 14, 2010".
  23. ^ Jump up ^ 2009 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners. Kerrville Folk Festival. Kerrville-music.com. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  24. ^ Martin, Lara. "'The Voice' Eliminee Rebecca Loebe: Q&A” Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/s148/the-voice/interviews/a321876/the-voice-eliminee-rebecca-loebe-qa.html#~oHLJOYW4RLCfug
  25. ^ "'The Voice' Within" The Brandeis Hoot http://thebrandeishoot.com/articles/11516
  26. ^ Gallo, Phil. "'The Voice:’ Cee Lo Gets Emotional, Blake Shelton Hosts a Train Wreck.’ Billboard.com http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/471094/the-voice-cee-lo-gets-emotional-blake-shelton-hosts-a-train-wreck
  27. ^ Frederick, Brittany. “Big Red Chairs: The Rebecca Loebe Interview.” Big Red Chairs. http://bigredchairs.com/2012/08/03/big-red-chairs-the-rebecca-loebe-interview/