Listening to Rebecca Rippy's debut album, Secrets, one hears an artist playing for the sheer love of it, expressing herself fully and authentically, without concern for what's trendy or hip. Whether singing heartfelt, folk-influenced ballads or gritty rockers, Rippy sings with sincerity and an emotional intensity that sets her apart from the crowd, and the sheer quality of her songs herald her arrival as a significant songwriting talent. Rebecca approached Charlotte based producer Jamie Hoover, who after hearing a demo, encouraged her to record a full length CD. Recorded in two months, with Jamie's multi-instrumental support and Jim Brock on drums, the sessions were a joy for Rebecca. "I love recording," enthuses Rebecca, "working with Jamie was incredible. He's an amazing player and producer and he really pushed me to be my best." From the first notes of "Secrets," the opening track on the album, what is striking is the simultaneous power and intimacy of Rebecca's voice. Transforming from a whisper to a bluesy, earthy roar, over a propulsive rhythm that suggests bluegrass, but also has hints of blues, folk and country, Rebecca's vocals induce spine tingling as she sings of her "secrets just between you and me/I got secrets deep inside of me and they just won't let me be." Rebecca describes the song as a breakthrough for her: "It's pushed the boundaries of my songwriting." "Beautiful Memory" is an exquisite tale of a relationship that Rebecca knew would end even when she was in it. She explains, "It was a guy in college who I loved, but I knew it wouldn't be long term. By writing 'Beautiful Memory' I was able to create him as something great in my past instead of holding any bad feelings towards him." Over Jamie's notable guitar and mandolin accompaniment and exquisitely tasteful arrangement, Rebecca sings the wistful lyrics that simultaneously express the pain of loss and the gratitude for having shared love. A dark tale of an unwanted sexual encounter, "Little Joe" is sung with immense power. "It's a song about when you're young and you have no idea what you're doing - the games we play back and forth about sexuality, that come back to bite you." The beauty of Rebecca's singing is in stark contrast to the harrowing tale told and it's that contrast that makes the song even more chilling. And "I Wish For You," featuring lyrics written by her sister Dana, is what Rebecca calls a "really good farewell song." She expands, "My father died right at that time and the song is sung with the knowledge that people pass and the belief that you will see them again." It's a song of uncommon sweetness, filled with tenderness and resolution. Rebecca is clear what she wants from the release of Secrets: "I want people to like what I do." But with the release of Secrets, Rebecca Rippy has announced herself to be a major new talent, armed with a collection of great new songs and a voice that leaves an unforgettable impression on those lucky enough to hear her sing. BIO written by Ben Lazar Unique, individual music style with a fresh clear voice; able to attain pristine tones and then use melodic vocal turns to take you on a journey you will want to take again and again. You won't know if she belongs in folk, country, or soft rock because your ears desire to bend toward what you enjoy most. There will be no confusion about the lyrics as a song ends and you find yourself saying, 'hey, I've felt that way' or 'hey, I get it!' As if this isn't enough, her smile and positive attitude are contagious to those who cross her path. Provide financial security for your future, get this gal's autograph now. Lynn Ramirez Congressional Award holder Board of WFFCC Sched. Adm. For Performing Arts Theater Chicago, IL When Jamie Hoover (The Spongetones) gets excited about something musically, we should all listen. He has only been in the music business for more than 27 years. In that time, his musical duties include songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, producer, recording engineer, arranger, bassist, sometimes drummer, and other various musical noises. So after working with musical newcomer (and Belmont resident) Rebecca Rippy on her debut record, he just couldn't contain himself. 'I have had the privilege to work with a lot of great artists over the years, ' said Hoover. 'But I have to admit, I haven't been this excited about a project in a long while'. Rebecca Rippy may be new to the music world, but she is no stranger to music. She finds time to play guitar and write songs, in between her full-time job and her family. Making music has always come natural to her. From an early age, she has always found a way to channel her creative energy. In 2003, she began to play at a few open mic gigs around town. It wasn't long after that she decided it was time to record a few of her songs. However, after learning she was pregnant, she decided to put her musical ambitions on hold. Two kids and four years later, she decided it was time to play again. She picked up the phone and called Jamie Hoover... ...'Rebecca has a lot of things going for her,' Hoover said. 'Her songwriting is without flaw, and she has a fabulous voice. From the moment she stepped into the recording studio, she knew what was going on... ...Without a doubt, Secrets is in my top three projects I have ever been a part of.' Now that's high praise from a guy who has done just about everything in the music business... ...So I guess it's safe to say the 'secret' is out. Rebecca Rippy, the singer-songwriter, has emerged from her living room to a venue near you. Experience this artist now before the rest of the crowd figures it out. Ben Dungan - Gaston Alive!