Rebecca Loebe Live In Studio

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Folk singer Rebecca Loebe joined us in the WERS studio for a live mix in support of Live Music Week while she is on tour for her third album, Circus Heart. Loebe is well known for her appearance on NBC’s The Voice last year where she performed a cover of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” that landed her a #7 spot on the iTunes US Alternative song chart.

Loebe arrived in studio today with a smile beaming ear to ear, stoked to be a part of Live Music Week and all of the hustle-and-bustle. Loebe recounted just a few years back while she was attending Berklee College of Music she was an avid WERS listener. Loebe admitted, “If I had not known about and listened to WERS, I might not have known what was going on in the music world; it was a lifeline for me.” And it is only possible for us to have great independent up-and-coming artists like Loebe with the fantastic support of our listeners – the lifeline goes both ways.

Loebe started off her live set with “Darlin” – the first track off of her most recent album Circus Heart that came out in mid-September. As soon as Loebe began this track her personality burst through, her enigmatic facial expressions combined with playful dips in her vocals showed that Loebe is a kid at heart. Its always such a pleasure to see an artist who is clearly so in love with their craft – Loebe is no exception.

Next up was “Swallowed By The Sea” also off of Circus Heart. Loebe prefaced this track with a comment that it was loosely based on her experiences on television and with the recording industry and that she wrote this song in response to some of the people and attitudes she encountered.

“What most people don’t know about Atlanta is that we have a thriving folk scene,” Loebe said as she introduced the last song in her live set. “We just call it hip-hop.” And with that she began an acoustic folk cover of Kanye West’s “Stronger” – you’ve never heard this song like this before. Loebe made the song her own with a light and bubbly twist.

The Berklee alum studied music production and engineering and worked as a recording engineer for a few years post-graduation. With the encouragement of one of her professors started her own career. Loebe’s debut album Hey, It’s A Lonely World came out in 2004, followed by her sophomore release Mystery Prize. Loebe has been slowly gaining recognition due to her unwavering passion to tour to keep the momentum going.

Since selling her apartment in 2006 in order to go on tour where she consequently lived out of her car – Loebe was a finalist in the Grassy Hill New Folk Songwriting Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Loebe was a finalist in the Grassy Hill New Folk Songwriting Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Mystery Prize spent 9 weeks in the Top 40 Americana chart, she was included on the Americana Music Association’s List of the Top 100 Albums of 2010 list, and she was a finalist on team Levine on The Voice.

By Jeeyoon Kim
Photo by Patrick Prendergast

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