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Rebecca Everett

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"Ole Development Deal Behind the Scenes Player in Rebecca Everett YoYo Release"

Rebecca Everett, whose new album YoYo will get an eastern Canada launch in Toronto on September 28, is of that new breed of songwriters who look to the world for their inspiration. Over the past four years, since relocating from Victoria to Toronto and signing a development and co-publishing deal with ole, Everett has traveled extensively across North America and Europe, spending time in cities like London, New York, Paris, Stockholm, Nashville and Los Angeles, often collaborating with other writers of disparate styles and outlooks along the way. She wrote her current album during this period and those influences dance merrily with the pop musical styles she first appreciated when she was a young performer starting out on Canada's west coast: Motown, folk, old school rhythm and blues, jazz, early 20th century Parisian torch songs and even Klezmer, which she actually performed in bands at clubs and synagogues in and around Victoria.

Everett's current album, YoYo, was recorded in New York with Grammy-nominated/Juno Award-winning producer and engineer, Roman Klun (Sarah McLachlan, Levon Helms). "Robert [Ott] has known Roman Klun for years," says Everett. "He engineered a Sarah McLachlan record... lots of kind of organic stuff, so I thought that he would be a good fit for it. He hooked me up with all the New York musicians. They are incredible, The trumpet player plays with Lou Reed. Levon Helm. I was in the studio, on and off, for about four months so I had time to hang out on the Lower East Side. It was really an incredible experience."

Unlike the twists and turns of her lyrics, singer/songwriter/recording artist Rebecca Everett has always had a pretty pragmatic approach to her chosen vocation. Though, at a very early age she had become a multi-instrumentalist, learning to play the violin at age four before taking on piano, ukulele and guitar, she decided at one point that she wanted to become a singer.

"I loved singing but I didn't just want to sing everyone else's songs," Everett explains. "I didn't want to be a Top 40 singer or to sing standards. I just wanted to do something that was coming from me so I realized: ‘I'm going to have to write a song,' she laughs, recalling the momentous decision. ‘How am I going to do this? I have no idea, but I'm going to try.' I wrote two or three songs and Mark Atkinson, a very good guitar player from Victoria, said why don't you take your songs and get [producer] Joby Baker (Mae Moore, Anne Schaefer) to do a demo?" Rebecca Everett

It wasn't an angle that she had considered at the time but she went and recorded an EP, titled Matter of Times, with Baker. With that EP in hand, she went to the New Music West conference where she attended a couple of the music sessions and subsequently met ole CEO Robert Ott "That would have been around 2005," she recalls. "He was doing a panel speaking about music publishing and after the session you can go up and say hi and give them your CD. They get stacks of them. A couple of days later, I got a call from him. He said that he has never ever called anyone from meeting them at a conference before but he really liked my demo. We stayed in touch and he sent me down to L.A. to meet with some writers and write some songs."

She had mostly written by herself to that point so this was a learning experience. Among the writers with whom she worked were ole's Gerald O'Brien, Jim Huff, Alex Greggs and, David Foster protégé Renee Olstead. In 2007, Robert Ott called offering her a deal which provided access to top writers and the ability to hone her craft with the support of ole's international resources.

"Rebecca brings a lot of fresh ideas to the table," Gerald O'Brien said at the time. "She's very versatile and she has great melodic sense. It appears to me that she can pretty much write in any genre. And lyrically, she's not afraid to go anywhere. She's also very prolific, another key to success." - Ole Publishing


"Music Review of the Day - Rebecca Everett, YoYo"

Interesting, in every positive sense of the word. Everett, a B.C. transplant living in Toronto, is a living crash course in different styles, sounds and times. We'll get to her fascinating voice in a moment, but you should also know she is a classically-trained violinist, and played and sang in a Klezmer band for six years and a bluegrass group for two. What you'll hear on this six-track EP is music that touches time periods and genres all over the decades, including jazz, torch songs, a touch of Paris, 50's popular, 60's pop, and a hint of her former bands.

Now, the pipes. Everett has one of those charming, lilting voices that cheers you up, and hints at all kinds of fun. It's what grabs you immediately and sets the tone that this is going to be something different. In her case, it's the ability to touch on music your mother should know, and somehow make it sound chic and today.

Everett is also the songwriter, so we're looking at the complete package here. Gloriously, she has word skills too. Put Your Hands On Me is a cool tune of desire, again with that playfulness. The one cover is a remake of a song we all know, but she turns Happy Together on its head, returning it to its love song birth, and dumping The Turtles' big brassy theatrics. It's too bad the one misstep is the focus song here, leading off the EP and getting the video and airplay treatment. - CBC _ Bob Mersereau


"ole Launches Major Campaign Behind Rebecca Everett EP"

ole is blowing the whistle on Rebecca Everett.

To promote Emergency, Rebecca’s new five-song EP, the company has manufactured a limited number of unique medic alert whistles.

Each whistle contains a USB flash drive sporting the entire J.C. Smith-produced project; a video for "Put Your Hands On Me” (directed by Toronto’s Meg Majewski); shots from an exclusive photo session, bio material and the slogan that perfectly captures ole's philosophy when it comes to licensing: pain-free music.

"This whole project is part of an evolution for Rebecca," notes Elizabeth Spear, ole Creative Manager, who devised the medical whistle initiative.

"We wanted to get her music out there and start generating as many opportunities as we could.”

The five songs comprising Emergency -- "Put Your Hands On Me," "Aujourd’hui," "Perfectly Imperfect," "Emergency" and "Ghetto Laugh" -- are delicious slices of pop that are catchy, infectious and ideal for TV series and major motion pictures.

First signed to ole a year ago, Rebecca had already written a substantial amount of pop, dance and R&B songs. To tap further into her pop sensibilities, however, Everett -- who usually writes on guitar and piano -- discovered inspiration from an unlikely source: the ukulele.

"When I moved to Toronto last summer, I was subletting a house and the man who owned it writes music for theatre," explains Everett. "He had all of these folk instruments lying around, so I picked up the ukulele and started strumming away. I started writing songs on it and fell in love.

"I found a whole other side of me that I could express on ukulele. So that's pretty much the instrument I've been writing on since last summer."

Fellow ole songsmith and Emergency producer J.C. Smith -- who co-wrote the tracks "Emergency" and "Ghetto Laugh" -- thinks Everett's ukulele-influenced technique has defied convention.

"Rebecca's an amazing songwriter with great ideas," says Smith. "The songs are just so rich in melody, and lyrically she's injecting some poetic ideas that don't often work in commercial pop, but are working in Rebecca's songs.

"The combination of ukulele, Rebecca's voice and these meaningful lyrics offered an exciting challenge for me.”

The team of Everett and Smith is a relatively new partnership: the two met at the top of 2008, clicked, and as Everett says, "started churning out songs."

"We wanted to create fun songs where people can dance and sing along if they want," says Everett. "J.C.’s great energy and solid guitar background has brought a lot of life into the song arrangements."

Adds Rebecca, "This EP is a fantastic beginning - and ole's support has been nothing short of amazing."

Hear Everett for yourself on her MySpace page – www.myspace.com/rebeccaeverett -- or purchase her debut EP Emergency via Puretracks, iTunes and other leading digital music retailers. - ole


"A Pop Princess in Waiting"

Not so long ago, Victoria’s Rebecca Everett played fiddle in community halls with a klezmer band. Since then, the young woman has reinvented herself musically. On Monday night, Everett makes her in-concert debut as a hip neo-R&B singer-songwriter. What’s more she’s now attracted a sniff of interest form David Foster, one of pop music’s most commercially successful producers.
Foster’s close friend Chris Eathy of Victoria, said the Los Angeles-based hit-maker recently received a copy of Everett’s four-song demo CD. He was impressed.
“He said ‘yea, she sings great…’ He said ‘listen, I’d really like to meet her,’” said Earthy, who hopes to arrange a meeting between Foster and Everett later this month. He said the producer- a Victoria native who’s produced Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Josh Groban and Michael Buble- is not currently signing new artists, but may be interested down the road.
“It sounds kina of exciting. Anything is good” said Everett, a petite 20-something (she won’t reveal her age) with an infectious laugh.
On Monday night, she will premiere her smooth jazz-influenced rhythm-and-blues at the Central Bar and Grill. She’ll be backed by a seven piece band f veteran musicians. Everett, who studied classical violin at Victoria Conservatory of Music, said she’s a touch nervous about this showcase of her original music.
“It’s my debut. I’ve never played any of this music live before,” she said. “This is my first time as the person who writes everything, sings everything, and carries the whole show.”
Everett recorded her demo CD two years ago. It was produced by local musician Jody Baker, with contributions from Baker and an A-list of Victoria music-makers. The singer-songwriter waited until now to hit the stage because she wanted to write more songs. To date she’s completed 15 compositions, enough to fill a full album. She’s shopping her demo to various labels and hopes to score a recording contract.
Earthy hopes to assist Everett in getting a grant from the non-profit FACTOR (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent On Records) organization, with an eye towards cutting a full-length disc with a distribution deal to follow.
Her current band was assembled as a one-off project just for Monday’s concert. Everett hasn’t played much live R&B, however, she’s like to do more shows. The ultimate aim is a full-time career in music.
She admires such neo-soul artists a India Arie, yet Everett’s also influenced by such class greats as Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday and Bill Withers. One of her tunes, Matter of Time, has a retro ‘60s feel thanks to a Stax-style horn section.
“As soon as I heard that (older) kind of music I loved it always,” she said. “I just loved Michael Jackson.”
Everett now earns a living giving violin lessons, and helping out in her mother’s antique store. She studied classical violin for 10 years, and was once a member of the Victoria Youth Symphony. She also gigged regularly with the now defunct klezmer Meshugoyen, and sand jazz standards with the combo Lust Life.
It was klezmer- traditional Jewish fold music-that got Everett seriously interested in singing. She played only fiddle with Meshugoyen at first, and then found herself singing a couple of tunes with the band.
“I just loved it so much,” she said. “It was so my thing.”
- Times Colonist


"Hey Sista"

For those who know Rebecca Everett from her days as a fiddler and occasional singer with local klezmer and bluegrass bands, her new incarnation as a pop diva and R&B/hip-hop songwriter might seem a bit of an incongruous and sudden musical about-face. In truth, however, the Victoria-born singer, who has recently been attracting attention from David Foster and other recording industry heavyweights, began forming her eclectic musical tastes in childhood, listening to the folk and rock music that her parents favoured, singing along with the pop hits of the day, and beginning classical violin studies at the age of four.
“My life was music as a kid and that’s what I thought I’d do,” the 20-something chanteuse says. “Then when I became a teenager I thought, ‘Who care?’ I just wanted to hang out.” This hiatus was short-lived, however, and in her late teens Everett began taking fiddle lessons and eventually joined the klezmer band Kazbah. In 2001 she left Victoria to attend music school in San Francisco but realised immediately this was not the musical direction she wanted to take. “On the way back to Victoria I decided, no more violin, no more klezmer music,” she explains. “I wanted to be a singer, so I came back and started writing songs, which I’d never really done before. ‘Hey Sista’ from my CD is the first song that I wrote.”
The music on her four-song CD A Matter of Time is a sultry, very danceable blend of R&B, jazz and hip-hop beats that reflects Everett’s love of the music by, among others, Billie Holiday, Bi Withers and Miles Davis, as well as more contemporary pop. Everett composes on piano and occasionally guitar, and says she has no particular method of writing.
“Sometimes I’ll decide to write a song, so I’ll sit down, get some chords going and go from there she says. “Other times I’ll be in the car and have an idea that’s going around in my head. I’ll go home, run into the house and sing it into the minidisc player. When I do that, I do the whole song. I really like it when it comes all at once.”
Even before her first public performance of infectious, hook-laden songs last fall at the Centre Bar and Grill, she’d already caught the ear of pop-music mogul David Foster, who was given a CD of Everett’s music by a mutual friend. “He really liked it,” says Everett. “He’s not signing any contracts now, but he’s asked me to come down to LA and meet with him.” She adds that Foster recently spoke to her about the possibility of having an artist he produces record one of her songs. As well, Robert Ott of BMG Canada has given Everett’s music rave reviews and arranged for her to co-write with Vince Degiorgio, former songwriter for *NYSYNC. Everett is clearly a bit uncomfortable talking about the enthusiastic praise her music is receiving, but admits she is pleased with the attention from such prestigious quarters. “I’m always surprised by people’s reaction to my music, but it’s very empowering,” she says.
Although she is eager to tour, she has no plan to leave Victoria permanently. Still, it’s likely that 2004 will involve much travel: she is currently making plans to visit Los Angeles and Toronto to meet with recording industry people, as well as arranging more gigs to showcase her music. Everett is excited by these possibilities, but her goals seem to have less to do with fame and fortune than having time to develop her music and song writing abilities. “I’d like to be at a point where I have a record contract with a company that would deal with the business and everything,” she says. “Then I can just do my thing. That to me is the ultimate.”
You can order a copy of Everett’s CD A Matter of Time at her shows or by contacting her via her website www.rebeccaeverett.ca.
- Boulevard Magazine


"Silky Vocal Debut"

It was obvious Rebecca Everett was a determined musician, when at just two years old she started pestering her mother for a violin. She kept pushing until she stared taking her to lessons.
Everett still plays and teaches violin, but two years ago her musical focus changed. At that point she became intrigued by making her voice her primary instrument.
Now a couple of years into singing and song-writing, Everett will make her debut. It is a chance for Victoria to see one of their own, singing what is on the mind of twenty-something in the Capital Region. And Everett has reason to see great hope in her future career.
“David Foster listened to my demo and he likes it,” she says already looking forward to booking a trip to meet with the producer.
But first she has to impress at the gig in her hometown. Everett says her songs are inspired by “anything and everything”. In the song “Sista” Everett tries to switch on the light for her sibling and friends who seem to stumble in darkness when in bad relationships. In another track, “Liquid Courage” Everett tackles alcoholism and how it affects people. I don’t want to preach about it. I don’t think all alcohol is a bad thing, I think abuse is.”
The jazz-smooth tones of Everett’s R&B style will be amplified with a seven piece behind her. Everett’s band will follow Danuel Tate on keyboard and Jules Charles on drums, the opening act for the evening. Tickets for the Nov. 10 show are $8. Everett will make her debut at the Central Bar & Grill, 708 View St., 361 17003 Doors open at 8 p.m. fir the 9 p.m. show.
- Victoria News


Discography

YoYo - 2011

EP- Matter of Time - 2006

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Bio

Rebecca's new project, Rebecca Everett and the Dead Ringers is a culmination of her musical intrigues and tastes. As a professional singer, instrumentalist and songwriter (Ole) for TV, film and artists she has traveled extensively across North America and Europe (Nashville, LA, New York, London, Sweden and Paris).

Her upcoming and third record, 7 Shades has been described as "Portishead met Zeppelin drinking Scotch in the James Bond moonlight and Rebecca Everett and the Dead Ringers were born." It's dark, moody, melodic rock n roll with Rebecca's captivating vocals leading the way. The record is set to be released spring 2014 with an intriguing Eastern European tour and film project with award winning Toronto Production company The Garden and Shadow Shows (Hard Core Logo, This Movie is Broken) to support it.



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