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Becca Stevens releasing ‘Regina,’ made a video for “Well Loved” ft. Laura Mvula

Becca Stevens
photo by Shervin Lainez

Becca Stevens played on David Crosby‘s latest album and also toured as a member of his band. At those shows, like the one at NYC’s Town Hall, Croz took a moment to back Becca on one of her songs, and she used the opportunity to play the new song “Lean On.” “Lean On” will appear on Becca’s upcoming album Regina, which comes out March 24 via GroundUP Music (pre-order). The album features contributions from David Crosby, as well as Snarky Puppy’s Michael League (who also played in Crosby’s band on that tour), Jacob Collier, and the excellent UK musician Laura Mvula.

Laura lends her soulful voice to two songs, album opener “Venus” and also “Well Loved.” The latter just got the video treatment by director Damian Weilers, and that video premieres in this post. Here’s what Becca tells us about the video:

The song “Well Loved” was inspired by The Pillow Book by SeiShōnagon. Sei was a Japanese author, poet and a court lady who served the Empress Teishi (Sadako) around the year 1000 during the middle Heian period. The Pillow Book was introduced to me by my dear friend and musical collaborator Aya Nishina, who the song is dedicated to. I was very taken with Sei’s Pillow Book and her delightful observations of the everyday world around her.

Some of my favorite passages in The Pillow Book are Sei’s observations about nature, especially birds. She writes, “The mountain dove is a very pure hearted and touching bird – they say it can be comforted by showing it a mirror when it’s longing for its mate”. I was very touched by this passage, and the implication that the bird recognizes its true love in its own reflection. There’s also a passage in The Pillow Book where Sei writes that “There is nothing more wonderful than to be well-loved, not only by parents, but by the one you serve and by all those you have close dealings with in life.” (Translation by Meredith McKinney.) This passage is where the theme and title of the song originated.

In the video for “Well Loved”, director Damian Weilers uses the mirrors referenced in the lyric to suggest a theme of self-reflection. Damian wrote, “The idea of a reflection embodies the suggestion that one can look directly into their own soul, and that what is found there is likely to be what the world sees too”. For the majority of the “Well Loved” video, I’m singing and dancing on a pile of shattered glass which reforms at the end of the video creating a moment of stark return to self-reinvention, realization of self worth, and an understanding that in order to be loved by others we must first love ourselves.

As for the song, Becca and Laura trade off lead vocals and they sound great together. Becca’s folky style and soaring voice blends gorgeously with Laura’s more soulful, chilled-out sound. Check it out for yourself below.

Becca is also touring, beginning with an album release show in Brooklyn on March 30 at BRIC House. Michael League and Michelle Willis (who was also in Crosby’s band on that tour) will perform with her, as will Jo Lawry, Chris Tordini, Jordan Perlson and Liam Robinson. Jess Best is opening. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates — including NJ and Connecticut shows — are listed below.

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Becca Stevens — 2017 Tour Dates
March 30 – BRIC – Brooklyn, NY (album release show)
Apr 6 – Terrace Club – Princeton, NJ
Apr 7 (early) – The Acoustic – Bridgeport, CT
Apr 7 – Arch Street Tavern – Hartford, CT
Apr 8 – Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar – Nashua, NH
Apr 9 – Red Room Cafe 939 – Boston, MA
Apr 10 – Radio Bean – Burlington, VT
Apr 11 – Funk N Waffles – Syracuse, NY
Apr 12 – Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo, NY
Apr 13 – City News/Suzy’s SmokeRoom – Mansfield, OH
Apr 14 – Square Cat Vinyl – Indianapolis, IN
Apr 17 – City Winery – Chicago, IL
Apr 18 – Zanzabar – Louisville, KY
Apr 19 – Cosmic Charlies – Lexington, KY
Apr 20 – 5 Spot – Nashville, TN
Apr 21 – Thomas Street – Charlotte, NC
Apr 22 – Beyu Caffe – Durham, NC (two 60 minute shows (7pm/9pm)
Apr 26 – ISIS Lounge – Asheville, NC
April 28 – High Rock Outfitters – Lexington, NC
Apr 29 – Marietta Jazz and Jokes – Marietta, GA
May 5 – 02 Academy, Brixton – London, United Kingdom*
May 16 – L’Aeronef – Lille, France*
May 17 – Le Rocher de Palmer – Cenon, France*
May 18 – L’Olympia – Paris, France*
May 19 – La Cooperative de Mai – Clermont-Ferrand, France*
May 20 – L’Ampitheatre de la Cite Internationale – Lyon, France*
May 22 – Batschkapp – Frankfurt Am Main, Germany*
May 23 – Substage – Karlsruhe, Germany*
May 24 – Kaufleuten – Zurich, Switzerland *
May 26 – Paradox – Tilburg, Netherlands
May 27 – Treibhaus – Innsbruck, Austria

*opening for Snarky Puppy

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