Four time CFMA Young Performer of the Year nominee and 2014 CN Youth Artist Award winner, Rebecca Lappa is a prolific songwriter, who has penned over 200 songs with more waiting to be born. She writes songs inspired by observations of life, historical events, and literary references that slide between the realms of pop and folk. Her modern folk sound with Celtic world flavour is making the folktale new again. Rebecca draws comparisons to strong female vocalists and songwriters such as, Sarah McLachlan, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Loreena McKennit and Tori Amos.
After two EP's, Rebecca released her first full-length CD of original music, "Not in Neverland" in June 2011. This album earned Rebecca her first CFMA nomination and a Harvard Broadcasting Exposure Travel Grant. In May 2012, Rebecca released her second CD “Myths and Monsters” produced by Alana Levandoski. This CD garnered Rebecca her second CFMA Young Performer of the Year nomination, a nominee's showcase in St. John and a nomination for an Edmonton Music Award. In June 2013, Rebecca released her 3rd CD, Advant Garden, produced by Alana Levandoski. "Avant Garden" was nominated for 2013 CFMA Young Performer of the Year and given a nominee showcase spot.
2012 Highlights include: She was one of six finalists in the All-Albertan Song Contest for her song “Welcome to Wayne.” She received a Songwriting Boot Camp prize as a Sonic Youth at the Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Competition and was mentored by Sam Baker. She was a finalist in the Here is Canada national contest for her song “We are Canadians”. She was selected to participate in The Galaxie Young Performers Program at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival and was mentored by Royal Wood. Rebecca was chosen as a songwriting winner in the 2012 Canadian Wildlife Federation, "Get to Know Your Wild Neighbour Contest". Rebecca was one of 4 wild cards on YTV's The Next Star; making it to the top 16 out of 4000 contestants.
Rebecca has had her songs played on CBC, CKUA, CFBX, CJSR, CJSF, CJLY, CJUM, CHMA, CHMR, CKRL, CFLX, CHLY, CJMQ, CIFA, CHIP, CIBN, CFRU, KAOS, SCOP, Roots Music Canada, Women’s Radio Channel, Alberta Artists Streaming Radio, Festival Radio all on Live365, WITRR Radio Network and Edmontunes. She has been interviewed on CBC Radio’s Edpod Challenge, CBC Daybreak Alberta, CJSR Soul of the City, Up 97.7 FM, KAOS Radio and Folk Roots Radio (CFRU). She has been filmed for Shaw TV, Breakfast Television, Global TV, Balcony TV and CTV news. She has had press coverage in The Edmonton Journal, Saint City News, The Edmonton Sun, The West Edmonton Local, Beaumont News, Vue Weekly, The Edmonton Examiner, Drumheller Mail, The Guantlet, Red Deer Advocate and an article in the Alternative Trends magazine. She was even a featured artist in the Prairie Belles Podcast and been covered in Gigcity and New Music Michael blogs.
From her hometown of Edmonton, Rebecca is wowing audiences and building a fan base. She has performed at events such as the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Beaumont Blues Festival, Homefest, Nextfest, The Works, SOS Fest, Heart of the City Festival, Big Valley Jamboree, Canadian Rockies International Rodeo Music Fest, Musicians in the Making at the Winspear, Blossom into the Blues Festival, Night of Artist Gala, Kaleido Family Arts Festival, Black Gold Rodeo, Hair Massacure, and many other charity events, libraries, coffee shops, open mikes and markets. Sharing her music with an audience is Rebecca’s true passion.
Rebecca is a classically trained singer who delivers her songs in an expressive mezzo-soprano accompanied by her keyboard. Always striving to improve, she received Honors in both the Grade 7 RCM vocal exam and the Advanced Music Rudiments Theory Exam and attended a Berklee College of Music summer program. She is an award-winning vocalist, receiving multiple awards at local competitions such as Futures Fest and E.F.C.L. talent shows and has been a finalist in the Northern Star Talent search for 6 years. She was awarded a vocal scholarship at the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival and won both St. Albert Junior Idol and East Meets West Idol performing her original songs. At the Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival in April 2011, Rebecca received a mark of “Superior” for her original song “Forever Together”. Rebecca placed 3rd at Kalyna Idol and Top 10 in the all ages Edmonton Undiscovered Competition in 2011.
Since she was a little girl, Rebecca has loved to sing and perform. At age 2, Rebecca was exposed to music in the Music Fun Time Classes at Visionary College. Even then, her parents knew there was something special about her musicality, and so she began vocal and piano lessons. During her pre-teen years she flexed her acting muscle as she performed in musical theatre plays (Sinbad the Sailor, Annie, My Fair Lady), operas (Filumena, Pagliacci), T.V. commercials (Family Channel, Acura, Save on Foods) and as an extra in the TV series “Fear Itself” and the video “Edmonton 2030”. Rebecca is also a natrual storyteller and has had stories and poems published in the Magpie Magazine and Celebrating Words publications. Eventually at the age of 10, Rebecca combined her love of writing with her passion for music and a songwriter was born.
Songwriting opened up a whole new world for Rebecca and she began performing her original material at competitions and local venues around Edmonton. At Hulbert’s Songwriting Stage she was noticed by Rhea March and invited to join U22. As a member of U22 productions, Rebecca grew as a performer and eagerly collaborated with other young artists. Rebecca has even mentored other songwriters as a speaker at the 2010, 2012 and 2013 Highland's Junior High School Young Readers Conference, in a presentation at Victoria School of Performing Arts, and at The School of Song 2012 Songwriting and Performance Camp. In 2013, Rebecca was part of Rhea March's Songwriting presentation for the North Central Teachers Convention. She also led a songwriting workshop at the 2013 City of Edmonton Youth Art Jam and started a weekly songwriting club at her school. In 2014 Rebecca led a songwriting session at the Riverbend Library's writing club with author Natasha Deen, and mentored elementary students with The School of Song as part of Culture Days at the Jubilee.
Besides performing, this honors student is busy in other activities. At Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts, she has been in the school’s choir for 9 years and mixed Jazz Choir for 3 year. She loves to dance and has taken 3 years of Ballet and Jazz. Rebecca was a competitive gymnast for many years and the all-round provincial Champion at her level in 2009. In 2010, she competed as a gymnast at the Alberta Winter Games. Currently, she is using her tumbling skills on her high school cheer team and they won cities, and provincials in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
“We are Canadians”: National Finalist in the Here Is Canada multi-media contest, 2012
“The Bargain”: Sonic Youth Boot Camp winner in the Calgary Folk Fest Songwriting Contest, 2012
“Welcome to Wayne”: Top 6 Finalist in the All Albertan Song contest, 2012
“Forever Together”: mark of Superior at the Edmonton Kiwanis Festival, 2011
“Superhero”: featured in I-Cubed Collective at Victoria School, 2011
“Turned Out Wrong”: on Not4Me national drug awareness website, 2010
“Message in the Wind”: featured in the Wade in the Water Collective at Victoria School, 2010
“See My Tears”: featured in “Fostering Acceptance Through Art and Global Citizenship” video, 2009
“Runaway”: 2nd place winner in Futures Fest, 2009
“Turned Out Wrong”: winner of Alternative Trends East Meets West Idol, 2009
“Friends”: winner of St. Albert Junior Idol, 2008