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Long time L.A. club scene artist Becky Bishop emerges from the studio with her first ever self-produced album "Shapeshifting". Truly a labor of love, this album has been a long time in the making and features many of LA's A-list musicians as well as the tasty co-production work of Carlos Calvo and Irvin "Magic" Kramer. Over the years Bishop has re-invented her musical style a number of times, but has now come full circle with a stunning collection of original songs with a roots-rock edge covering everything from folk to rock and blues.

Shapeshifting is Bishop's journey of American Music drawing from influences of her personal music heroes such as Fleetwood Mac, The Pretenders, Rockpile and Emmylou Harris. Her versatile rich alto voice covers a wide range of feelings from vulnerable sensitivity to earthy and sassy drawing similar comparisons to Marianne Faithful, Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin and Sheryl Crow.

Bishop has taken the long way around and has gone in through the back door covering many a musical detour from a folkie and country rock earth mama to cow punker, hard rock diva and even Celtic traditionalist, but always with strong pop sensibilities. Shapeshifting is an album of clever and moving songwriting, remarkable vocals and musicianship sure to please a very broad market.
- Independent Music Network


A Signature Combination Of Acoustic And Electric Instruments And Confident, Liquid Vocals - Mark Leviton
The first words Becky Bishop sings on the lead track of her new Shapeshifting album are "What would it feel like?" It's a fitting opening for a set which reflects on her personal history, emotional life, and relationship with creativity. Her imagination leads her to wonder "what if?" even as she explores, in original songs like "Don't Wake Me Up," "The Fine Line" and "I Can't Get Enough," where she is today and how she got there. Her choice of material - including Scott Richardson's defiant "Wild Streak" and Will Birch's rumination about "Drinking Alone" - shows she's able to spot and interpret meaningful outside songs as well as kick her own music and lyrics into high gear.

Shapeshifting blends Becky's interest in folk, blues and rock, and features a signature combination of acoustic and electric instruments and confident, liquid vocals. She's learned from the classic technique of strong women like Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks and Bonnie Raitt, but through all the changes she reveals on the aptly-titled Shapeshifting, connects her unique vision with the listener on her own terms.

- Mark Leviton



Becky Bishop is a unique artist. Unlike so many songwriters and musicians, she understands the importance of incorporating the diversity of what music has to offer. Her beautiful mix of songs creates layers of emotion and musical textures. This is by design. Bishop's songs encompass folk, blues, rock, and country with a little bit of Celtic and World music style thrown into the mix, as illustrated beautifully in her newest release Shapeshifting. The CD title Shapeshifting is derived from the mythical and folklore theme of an animal or person that changes physical form. As a true artist in her own words, she knows, one must "color outside the lines." She moves out of the mold and enjoys and creates many musical layers.

Born in Orange County, in Southern California and raised in Oregon, Becky's father gave her a guitar at age eleven. With guitar in hand and her parents' support, singing and song writing came to her naturally. "By thirteen, I was performing at school and local small town events." At Brigham Young University, Becky majored in Special Education. After graduation, she was hired as a model; but with music ever beckoning, Becky relinquished modeling to focus on her song writing and performance.

Early on, Billy Bremner, a well-known British musician, was her mentor, helping Becky develop her songs and performances. With his help, Bishop has become a true songwriter and performer. Becky recalls one of the most rewarding experiences with Rodney Crowell at the former world famous Palomino Club in North Hollywood: "Backstage, after the show, Crowell came up to me, complimented my performance and songs. Coming from one of my favorite songwriters, I was overwhelmed by his supportive comments."

As an adult and living in L.A., she began hanging out at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Hooking up with many talented musicians and eventually forming her own band, she played local clubs and toured.

Today, Becky is a versatile performer, singing solo with her acoustic or with the full band backing her up-whatever the gig requires. Becky Bishop wants her music and songs to reach out to a broad spectrum of people. Touring internationally is on her agenda. She doesn't wish to be classified into one type of music, because she wants the freedom, (like any creative musician,) to grow, experiment and musically evolve. The best artists always take this position, as does Bishop.

It's been a long, hard climb. Overcoming obstacles has helped her music grow and mature. With her strong will and talent, Becky Bishop has arrived!

Take the time to experience her talents. You can enjoy her songs and get additional information right here on www.ijamr.com as well as on her website, www.beckybishop.net.

Neil Caplin
Contributing Writer
iJamr Magazine

- Ijamr Magazine


Very cool - Besides her original and witty songwriting skills, Becky Bishop's earthy, untamed, quintessentially folk voice is always engaging. The party-hearty style is nicely tempered with the occasional heartache. The album is almost as good as seeing her live - a guaranteed kick. I hope she makes more albums soon. I'll be waiting.

- Los Angeles Celtic Arts Center


Becky Bishop was a featured artist on the Independent Music Network worldwide radio broadcast in July of 2005. The Independent Music Network broadcast was heard on over 400 radio stations in US, Canada, Europe and Asia. The broadcast featured a live interview with Becky and also showcased tracks from her new CD, Shareshifting. Go to http://www.independentmusicnetwork.com to listen to the monthly four hour radio broadcast that features new artists in both mainstream and country music. Becky is climbing the charts on the Independent Music Network's web site and is currently listed at number 11 under their mainstream artists category.

Becky Bishop was a featured artist on the Independent Music Network worldwide radio broadcast in July. The Independent Music Network broadcast was heard on over 400 radio stations in US, Canada, Europe and Asia. ÊThe broadcast featured a live interview with Becky and also showcased tracks from her new CD, Shareshifting. Go to http://www.independentmusicnetwork.com to listen to the monthly four hour radio broadcast that features new artists in both mainstream and country music. Becky is climbing the charts on the Independent Music Network's web site and is currently listed at number 11 under their mainstream artists category.

Shapeshifting is Now Available at CD Baby.com
- Independent Music Network News


Becky Bishop is one of the featured artists on Ceiltis a compilation created by dedicated ACS members to celebrate An Claidheamh Soluis/The Celtic Arts Center's 20th Anniversary and to honor the musicians and singers who have graced the organization over the years with their magic. You can order a copy of this CD at CD Baby.com or by clicking on the picture.

- Celtic Arts Center


Discography

"Shapeshifting" (a 12 track cd released 12/05)
"Bright Blessings for the Holidays" (a two track holiday cd sampler released 11/07)

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Becky Bishop is a unique artist. Unlike so many songwriters and musicians, she understands the importance of incorporating the diversity of what music has to offer. Her beautiful mix of songs creates layers of emotion and musical textures. This is by design. Bishop's songs encompass folk, blues, rock, and country with a little bit of Celtic and World music style thrown into the mix, as illustrated beautifully in her newest release Shapeshifting. The CD title Shapeshifting is derived from the mythical and folklore theme of an animal or person that changes physical form. As a true artist in her own words, she knows, one must "color outside the lines." She moves out of the mold and enjoys and creates many musical layers.

Born in Orange County, in Southern California and raised in Oregon, Becky's father gave her a guitar at age eleven. With guitar in hand and her parents' support, singing and song writing came to her naturally. "By thirteen, I was performing at school and local small town events." At Brigham Young University, Becky majored in Special Education. After graduation, she was hired as a model; but with music ever beckoning, Becky relinquished modeling to focus on her song writing and performance.

Early on, Billy Bremner, a well-known British musician, was her mentor, helping Becky develop her songs and performances. With his help, Bishop has become a true songwriter and performer. Becky recalls one of the most rewarding experiences with Rodney Crowell at the former world famous Palomino Club in North Hollywood: "Backstage, after the show, Crowell came up to me, complimented my performance and songs. Coming from one of my favorite songwriters, I was overwhelmed by his supportive comments."

As an adult and living in L.A., she began hanging out at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Hooking up with many talented musicians and eventually forming her own band, she played local clubs and toured.

Today, Becky is a versatile performer, singing solo with her acoustic or with the full band backing her up-whatever the gig requires. Becky Bishop wants her music and songs to reach out to a broad spectrum of people. Touring internationally is on her agenda. She doesn't wish to be classified into one type of music, because she wants the freedom, (like any creative musician,) to grow, experiment and musically evolve. The best artists always take this position, as does Bishop.

It's been a long, hard climb. Overcoming obstacles has helped her music grow and mature. With her strong will and talent, Becky Bishop has arrived!

Take the time to experience her talents. You can enjoy her songs and get additional information right here on www.ijamr.com as well as on her website, www.beckybishop.net.

Neil Caplin
Contributing Writer
iJamr Magazine