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Award winning singer/songwriter Rebecca Loebe is both candid and self-deprecating, attributes that shine through in her songwriting and laugh-out-loud storytelling. Since quitting her job as a full-time recording studio engineer, she has performed an average of 150 shows per year in listening rooms, festivals and theaters in over 30 states of the US and in Europe. Last spring she took a break from the road to appear as a contestant on Season 1 of NBC’s “The Voice,” with a performance of Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are’ that inspired Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine to offer her mentorship and charted on iTunes worldwide. An Atlanta native, Loebe now makes her home in Austin. She is touring nationally to support her 3rd full length release CIRCUS HEART, an album that mixes intimate folk with jubilant pop and has received rave reviews from all over the world.
+ Named as one of Music Connection Magazine’s Top 100 Unsigned Artists
+ Selected as a contestant on the premier season of NBC’s primetime competition show “The Voice,” viewed by 12 million people in its first airing
+ iTunes Charting Artist. ‘Come As You Are’ reached #7 on iTunes Alternative Chart
+ Indie release “Mystery Prize” spent 9 weeks on the Americana Top 40 Chart, named one of the AMA’s Top 100 Albums of 2010
+ Kerrville New Folk Award Winner, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist
+ Signed to European record label CRS (formerly Rounder Europe) for release and distribution of Mystery Prize & Circus Heart in Europe
+ Has shared the stage with many renowned nationally touring acts, including The Civil Wars, Glen Phillips, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Bacon Brothers, Ellis Paul, Emerson Hart, Jill Sobule, Butch Hancock, Girlyman, AMERICA and more
+ Over 300 Tour dates in 2011-2012, including Atlanta’s 6,000 Seat Chastain Amphitheater, several sold-out headlining shows at Eddie’s Attic and appearances at The Birchmere, The Living Room, Hotel Cafe, Club Passim, The Tin Angel, The Ark, The High Sierra Music Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival, The Rice Festival, The Ozark Folk Festival, The Gamble Rogers Folk Festival, The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, The Texas Wine & Music Festival and official showcases at SXSW and Folk Alliance International.
Opening for Rebecca Loebe will be Northern Virginia's very own Heather Mae. While most attendees at an industry conference in New York were wistfully sighing over their coffees and gazing at the room’s blank white walls, Heather Mae was staring them down with the colors of fierce creativity--and she hasn’t stopped. Hidden beyond the maze of dull chairs and heavy bricks of PowerPoint text was the speaker’s pipedream suggestion. While most of the uninspired audience dismissed the idea of writing a song every day for a year, Heather Mae became relentlessly committed to the challenge. Sparking a 365 day journey, she trekked through over 30 states, making footprints of over 7,000 lyrics and 100+ artist collaborations. Her music is supported by an ever-changing cast of complementary musicians known as “The Make Believe,” some of whom she met during this project. Taking step one on October 1, 2010, Heather Mae is reaching another landmark 2 years later, releasing her LP “One Year of Songs.”
“[Mae's] songs are charming even outside the context of the original [“One Year of Songs”] project, and she captures her prolific streak with a reflective sigh.” - The Washington PostThe pop-folk LP is her first full length project, a follow-up to her debut EP “Gonna Be Alright.” The growth is undeniable, as the album swirls with inspiration from her yearlong project, showcasing 10 songs from her 365-piece collection. At the heart of each arrangement are stirring ukulele melodies, which are either supplemented by equally as optimistic lyrics or balanced by contemplative ones. Be assured that both sides of this story-telling coin are inspired and cathartic.
Though Heather Mae channels the influence of traditional singer/songwriters like Ingrid Michelson, Anna Nalick, and Nora Jones, she (unsurprisingly) is willing to step out of this comfort zone, layering haunting but comfortable harmonies a la the Fleet Foxes or Barenaked Ladies. Rounded out by strategic guitar turns, her sound emits the same clarity that’s reflected in her lyrics.
Heather Mae’s music could show up on your local radio station or the next Garden State-esque soundtrack. It’s the seasoning of her yearlong commitment that gives birth to this rare flexibility, having opened her musical identity to each experience of the project.