Becca Marlee is an 18 year old singer songwriter from Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Her story is as touching as it is amazing. Becca started playing guitar at age 9 and wrote her first song by age 10. But it is at age seven that Becca’s story begins - - a sad and tragic story that no doubt laid the foundation for the emotion that is found in her music.
On May 11, 2001, Becca’s mother died suddenly and unexpectedly in her sleep of a heart arrhythmia. It was Mother’s Day weekend. Becca, who was in first grade at the time, was devastated by the loss. Just the night before, everything was fine. As always, Becca’s mom whispered “Sweet Dreams” to Becca as she drifted off to sleep. These would be the last words she would ever hear her mom speak.
Shortly after the death of her mother, Becca decided to take up guitar lessons. Her mom played guitar and used to sing songs to Becca as a young child, and it wasn’t long until Becca wrote her first song. One of the first songs she wrote, “Sweet Dreams” is written about her mother, the day she died, and the impact that her death has had on Becca’s life. When she performs this live, there is not a dry eye in the room - - even those that do not know Becca or her “story.”
Becca began performing live at the age of 10. The reaction to her music was absolutely amazing. Her songs are filled with stories of love and loss and heartache. The acoustic sound of her guitar, coupled with the youthful, yet mature lyrics of her songs remind people of a young Joni Mitchell. One listener once said this of Becca’s music - - “It’s Sheryl Crow meets Alanis Morissette meets Norah Jones”.
Becca has been lucky enough to have performed at various venues from Philadelphia to New York City. She has played at the likes of the Bitter End, World Café Live, Puck Live, and more. In 2010, Becca was awarded first prize in the National Guitar Workshop songwriting competition, for her song "Beautiful Disaster". She has also been interviewed by Gene Shay of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Lisa Thomas-Laury of channel 6 Action News, and a handful of local newspapers. In 2011, she was named one of 16 "Future Music Moguls" by New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and shortly before that worked with accomplished producer, Larry Gold, to record her EP "If You Say So", which is available on iTunes and many other digital stores. Becca is currently working on a new project with producer, Rick Friedrich, which she hopes to release in the coming year. Stay tuned...