Singer/songwriter, Rebecca Jensen has a long history in the independent music scene. For over 15 years, she has brought a stellar grab bag of folk, rock and jazz-inspired original songs to live music venues throughout New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Jersey and the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is now based.
The daughter of a professional jazz musician from New Jersey, Rebecca spent most of her early musical years playing classical and jazz piano, and singing in choirs and community operas. While in college and taking courses at the prestigious Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, she picked up a roommate's acoustic guitar and taught herself to play in a matter of weeks. Once the instrument was conquered, the creative songwriting began. It wasn't long before she was performing showcases, opening for touring headliners and even hosting a popular Open Mic Night weekly for several years.
Rebecca self-produced her debut album, "When Magnets Collide" in 1998 and also her second release, "Byupe" (recorded at Indre Studios of Philadelphia, the site of many live sessions of WXPN's celebrated "Life at the World Cafe") in 2002. In September 2006, Rebecca released her third album, "The Still Summer Sky," engineered by John Schimpf (now of Oakland's 25th Street Recording), and co-produced and arranged by Rebecca and drummer Sean Flanegan of Bay Area progressive rock/metal bands, Enchant and Cynthesis.
Though highly-influenced by the music of Joni Mitchell, Rebecca has been inspired by a variety of different artists through the years and can be compared to contemporary folk/rock cross-over phenoms such as Feist, Grace Potter, KT Tunstall and Sara Bareilles. Rebecca's songwriting "playbook" leans heartily in the acoustic folk/rock and jazz genres, with little bits of funk, reggae and neo-soul thrown in for good measure. Fans and press across the country have described Rebecca's music as soulful, creative and unexpected.
Rebecca has performed at a fun, eclectic and noteworthy array of venues over the years, from living rooms to coffee houses to art galleries to dive bars to large rock clubs. Highlights include: The Sidewalk Cafe (New York, NY); Theatre of Living Arts "TLA" (Philadelphia); The Point (Philadelphia, PA); The Fire (Philadelphia, PA); Hotel Utah Saloon (San Francisco, CA); Red Devil Lounge (San Francisco, CA); Epic Arts Studios (Berkeley, CA); The Conduit (Trenton, NJ); John & Peter's (New Hope, PA).