Rebekah Higgs

Rebekah Higgs

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Rebekah Higgs is an instrument all her own. At times happy, often haunting, her voice echoes and chimes as if a xylophone was French kissing a wa-wa pedal.

Biography

“...seemingly effortless hooks. We can only hope Higgs' full-length puts as many new spins on the traditional female singer/songwriter character class as this excellent EP." Chartattack

“As an introduction to the coming new album, Little Voice does a fantastic job of teasing and building anticipation. I was starting to think that 2011 would be a slow going year for new music, but Rebekah Higgs looks set to be a big voice in the coming months.” Quick Before It Melts

“Little Voice is a marvellous EP that raises the bar high, but with the right company, Higgs's sophomore LP should have no trouble Fosbury Flop-ing over it.” Exclaim

"The ep was produced by Brian Deck (Iron & Wine, Modest Mouse), who wisely lets Higgs big voice shine on the waltzy title track." National Post
Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Rebekah Higgs spent summer vacations growing up on humanitarian trips with her evangelical Christian parents. Although Rebekah later diverged from that path, there's a sense of spiritual joy running through her sophomore album Odd Fellowship, her first LP since 2006’s self-titled debut. Organically warm and easygoing, you'll hear that rush of joy in the most unlikely places, from the Motown-sweetened doowop "Gosh Darn Damn," to the psychedelic confessional "Little Voice," to the smoky-eyed, whirling dervish "Stick and Poke."

Coming out this summer on the energetic young label Hidden Pony (Imaginary Cities, Said the Whale), Odd Fellowship is named after the Odd Fellows lodge in Riverport, Nova Scotia, where Rebekah recorded the album over two winter weeks with Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine) – to whom she'd sent a handwritten note asking if he'd produce – and Diego Medina (Chad VanGaalen) as engineer. Oddly enough, female odd fellows are traditionally referred to as Rebekahs, which in Hebrew means "water giver."

Odd Fellowship is a family affair, with guest appearances by Nathan Doucet and Jason Vautour, Rebekah's glittery cohorts on her alter-ego band, the electro-glam dynamos Ruby Jean and the Thoughful Bees, plus Chris Pennell (Joel Plaskett and The Emergency) and the wee voice of three-year-old nephew Easton. Several songs will be familiar to fans, having appeared on Rebekah's critically praised 2010 four-track teaser Little Voice.

While Rebekah's sweet, playful voice, looped on her Kaoss pad, drives this album, Odd Fellowship is underwritten by a subtle maturity and songwriting confidence – an admirable journey for a former theatre student who taught herself to play guitar. An album designed to take the party from late night to lazy brunch, Rebekah experiments with musical styles, shifting gracefully from melodic folk to psych-pop, with big guitar licks and tight laptop beats. Take the stripped-down heartbreaker "Miserably Together," a sober reminder that nothing lasts forever, balanced with the guitar-driven electro "Drunk Love," a relentless dancefloor release of whiskey and summer air, delivered with the cockiness of Beth Ditto, and the throbbing go-go beat of bonus track “96” (available only as a download on iTunes). Lyrically, the electronic-folk song “Youth & Beauty” bridges the gap between singer-songwriter sentimentality and the raw realities of modern love.

Now living in Toronto, Rebekah has been tirelessly touring for the past five years as a solo artist and as the charismatic frontperson for Ruby Jean, but has still found time to paint, act and launch a line of handcrafted jewellery. She's somewhat of a missionary, too, as co-founder of Halifax's new indie-music festival, Long Live the Queen

Lyrics

Little Voice

Written By: Rebekah Higgs

Little Voice
there's a busy bee
humming merrily
and your little voice
sings the melody
you're the only one,
who loves me
full on
I can almost see
when you look at me
what you see in just
about everybody
you're the only one,
who loves me
full on
do your little dance
playfully
take you bicycling
or swimming
you're the only one,
who loves me
full on
and i show your picture to everyone that i see
and i love to hold onto you tenderly
there's a busy be
humming merrily
and your little voice
sings the melody
you're the only one,
who loves me
full on
you're the only one,
who loves me
full on
you're the only one,
who loves me
full on

Discography

Odd Fellowship. August 23rd 2011 (Hidden Pony)

Little Voice Ep. November 23rd 2010

Rebekah Higgs, self-titled. October 2007 (Outside Music)

Set List

Solo Sets include, Two Vocal Microphones, Guitar with Loop Station, Mic for Guitar Amp, DI box For Kaos Pad, DI Box for Laptop.

Set List

Lazy Morning
Little Voice
Miserably Together
Behind the Garage
Youth & Beauty
Asleep All Winter
Gosh Darn Damn
Stick & Poke
Drunk Love
96