Whether serenading audiences with the sweet sound of romance or stirring them up with the swinging rhythms of rock ‘n’ roll, in the world of Becki Fishwick, life is for tearing the cellophane off the record sleeve, donning your best outfit and embracing all the heartbreak or joy it brings.
Mid-century modernist at heart, Becki’s soulful tones resonate beyond her South Lakes hometowns of Ulverston and Barrow-In-Furness. Voyaging from vintage soul, blues and jazz whilst blending the 50s and 60s with her rockabilly roots, her songs recall the days of holding your baby close on the dancefloor to the sounds of Dusty, Patsy, and Etta, styled out for the turntables of today.
As the needle hits the groove of Becki’s debut self-penned single ‘Know You Know,’ horns swell with the slick production of guitarist pal Matt Cowe and its rousing chorus transports the listener to another era; like Ann Cole cutting it with The Elgins, enjoying their own late night cocktail hour in Daptone’s House of Soul. With lyrics culled from Becki’s notebook on the road between shows, her thoughts echo the wisdom passed down through generations. The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess has even given Becki his personal blessing for B-side ‘One to Another’ since she performed in his Tim Peaks Diner at Kendal Calling festival.
“I’ve always sung the music I love, so writing my own songs is the next natural step,” she says. “I’ll often think about what others might feel in different situations,” Becki tells of her inspiration and unique empathy she brings through her observational songwriting process. “‘Know You Know’ could mean ‘this job’s not right for me’, ‘this life’s not right for me’ or could simply be about walking away from someone because they’re no good for you.”
With a voice as distinctive as her immaculate golden age style akin to Hollywood icons Bettie Paige and Audrey Hepburn, and never with a hair out of place - “I’ll always make the effort and put my lipstick on,” she says – Becki time-hops to a repertoire that transcends time and genre; just like the powerful chart stars of her childhood. “I’d listen to music in my room, surrounded by cassettes and records and tape myself singing; I can’t remember my school days, but I remember music. Kylie, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper… even Karen Carpenter,” Becki recalls of her joy when, microphone in hand, she’d entertain family and friends, watching their smiling faces and feet tapping along. “I just love seeing people enjoying themselves, having a good time,” she says.
Becki’s timeless quality has caught the attention of retro fashion houses Collectif London and Vivien of Holloway, and her own authentic Amy Winehouse Experience – a sold out night of remembrance approved by Amy’s mum Janis – dazzled 300 fellow music lovers when she performed 25 of Amy’s songs with an 8-piece band: “Becoming Amy had to be done right; it was my way of thanking her for inspiring me to get to where I am today.”
And yet, Becki’s rebel spirit shines most when she is entirely herself. Embracing her inimitable Northern soul and relentless DIY work ethic, you’ll just as easily catch her carrying an amp or wiring up a lighting rig whilst keeping her retro cool. “Today’s modern musician needs to be diverse and adapt,” Becki tells. “It’s nice to know you’ve grafted and taught yourself extra skills, besides, I’ve never been the kind of person to sit still for long. You’ve got to suck it up and enjoy the journey.”
A mid-century modernist at heart, the soulful tones of Cumbrian singer Becki are an emotional voyage from vintage soul and blues, to jazz and beyond. Styling out the old favourites for today’s turntable and making new memories with Dusty, Patsy, Etta and Aretha as her guardian angels, Becki blends 50s and 60s Motown and pop with her rockabilly roots through a voice as distinctive as her immaculate golden age style. Like Hollywood icons Bettie Paige, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn; “I’ll always make the effort and put my lipstick on,” Becki says.
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