17 year old Rebecca Lappa is a storyteller songstress from Edmonton. Her strong, beautiful voice and artful playing draw listeners into songs based on history, myth, and poetry. She will pull at your heartstrings and make you laugh, sometimes both at once. She has a modern folk-noir sound that slides through blues, jazz, world, and pop, making the folktale new again.
As a 3x Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, not only has Rebecca “written a lot of songs – she’s written a lot of good songs” (Kevin Maimann, Edmonton Examiner). Described as a “younger Loreena McKennitt, playing songs in a Kate Bush style while singing like Sarah McLachlan” (Clayton Magnusson, Gigcity.ca), Rebecca is unique and engaging.
This multi-instrumentalist recently won the CN Youth Artist Award at the 2014 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts and past accolades include being a top 6 finalist in the 2012 All Albertan Songwriting Contest and the Sonic Youth winner at the 2013 Calgary Folkfest Songwriting Contest. Stretching herself as a playwright, she wrote and performed a folk opera, The Earl at Nextfest 2013 and will perform her historical circus musical, The Great Edmonton Elephant Stampede of 1926 at Nextfest 2014. Other top performances include the Winnipeg Folkfest, Calgary Folkfest, a St. John CFMA Nominee showcase, a Calgary CFMA Nominee showcase and being selected as the “Young Albertan” for the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta 2013 Showcase in Red Deer.
Rebecca's last album , Avant Garden, has been played on radio across Canada and has charted at CJSR (#27), SCOP (#9) and CFRC (#3). In June, Rebecca will release her fourth full-length album “Ode to Tennyson” produced by Barry Allen and funded by a Rawlco Radio Recording Grant. Rebecca is excited to perform at the Edmonton Folk Festival and Canmore Folk Festival in August 2014.