Specializing in Caribbean Soul, Jazz, Reggae, R&B, Gospel, Musical Theatre
BECKY BASS, hailing from the beautiful island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, is a renowned vocalist, steel pannist & actor based in Providence, Rhode Island who comes from a family of Caribbean musical artists. Her father, Bill Bass, known as one of the best steel pannists in the US Virgin Islands, introduced his daughter to the steel pan at the early age of 2 years old. Becky’s love of music was solidified through 10 years of classical piano, voice training, and numerous performances in musical theatre starting at the young age of 10 and continuing throughout both her high school and college years.
As a 2013 graduate of Brown University in Theatre Arts & Performance Studies, Becky was awarded the prestigious Weston Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre upon graduation. While at Brown, she toured with the AntiGravity Theatre Project, having the opportunity to perform at the infamous Off-Broadway LaMaMa Experimental Theatre Club in NYC. She also had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad at the London Dramatic Academy under the direction of Richard Digby Day, a distinguished British stage director/professor. Her Favorite Credits: One Woman show of A Night with Lady Day as Billie Holiday (Norwich Arts Center, CT); One Woman show of The Sun is Shining: Sissieretta Jones as Sissieretta Jones (Providence, RI); Hairspray as Motormouth Maybelle (Silver Center for the Arts, NH); The Van Meder Trust (New York International Fringe Festival, Connelly Theater, NYC); One Woman show of Dinah Washington, Queen of the Blues as Dinah Washington (Donald L. Oat Theater, CT); RENT as Mrs. Jefferson/Blanket Lady (J.H. Back Bay Events Center, Boston); Aida as Nehebka (Strand Theatre, Boston); Ophelia’s Cotillion as Gertrude (Rites & Reason Theatre, RI).
A two-time New England Urban Music Award winner, Becky’s angelic voice and skillful steel pan playing can now be heard while performing her Caribbean Soul music as a solo artist, with her own band, as well as with several bands, such as Zili Musik, Natural Element, and Sidy Maiga & Afrimanding, all over the New England area. She also lends her musical talents to Rhode Island’s own RPM Voices, a cross-cultural, multi-generational gospel choir led by Dr. Clarice Thompson and Delbert Collins, as a soloist and musician. Becky has had the opportunity to open for and perform with many international artists, including Grammy Award-winning vocalist Oumou Sangare, Emmy Award-winning composer/performer Daniel Bernard Roumain, Yellowman, Warrior King, and Wyclef Jean. Within the past few years, she has also traveled nationally to quite a few places: Washington D.C. to play at the National Gallery of Art’s Jazz in the Garden concert series, New York City to perform at Lincoln Center under the direction of British composer Will Todd, Vermont as the featured soloist of the 2019 Hinesburg VT Artist Series, Florida’s Amelia Island, Chicago’s Underground Wonder Bar and numerous music festivals on the East Coast.
Some of Becky’s other accomplishments illustrating her multi-dimensional talents are commercial and film roles, including a national commercial with Kohl's & Hulu as well as the role of Gianna in the recently released major motion picture Love, Weddings, and Other Disasters; Television appearances as an interviewee on "CityLine" of Boston Channel 5 WCVB, as featured Guest Artist on “The Rhode Show” on Rhode Island’s WPRI-12 and on GoodNEWSRI on PEG RI-TV; Featured Dancer and Lead Vocalist for New Works/ World Traditions in the world premiere of Put Up Your Dukes; Youth Choir Director of RPM Voices of Rhode Island; Education Coordinator for Fiddlehead Theatre Company; Master Class Instructor for the Jazz Is A Rainbow program, a non-profit vocal jazz initiative for inner-city teens and for TAPA (Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts), a rigorous Arts-Integrated program that cultivates artist-scholars; Voice Instructor for Wheeler Jazz Camp that targets talented young jazz students.
During her free time, she teaches music & theatre to students every chance she gets because she believes giving back and mentoring youth are extremely important aspects of being an artist in the community.
Becky would be pleased to perform at your venue. She performs at nightclubs, restaurants, lounges, hotels, private functions, weddings, and special events, such as charity fundraisers, galas, anniversary parties, etc. Becky is also willing to travel.
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