“Remember when Serena Ryder was just starting to gain international acclaim? People would say, “She’s going to go somewhere?” That’s where Rebecca Lappa is right now. With her singular take on folkrock, she’s dangling on the precipice of becoming a household, Western Canadian name.” Vue Weekly, Aug/18
Rebecca Lappa’s fearless fusion of pop, rock, and folk, has her cresting the wave of Canada’s best contemporary singer songwriters. Her crackling compositions filled with catchy melodies, limitless vocal delivery, and clever lyrics captured Lappa three 2019 Edmonton Music Awards nominations, winning 2019 Singer Songwriter Recording of the Year for the “No Stone Left Alone” anthem. Touring across Canada since the release of her FACTOR funded JSR full length record “Reckless Heart”, she’s entranced audiences several times at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Calgary Folk Fest, Canmore Folk Fest, Ottawa Blues Festival and Alberta House during Grey Cup. Lappa is honoured to have opened for: The Crash Test Dummies, Jenn Grant, Digging Roots, Reignwolf, Basia Bulat, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Mike Plume, Maria Dunn, Lissie, Amy Bishop (The Launch), Leeroy Stagger and has 3 CD’s available through the Edmonton Public Library Capital City Records. Born in San Francisco but Canadian to the core, Lappa brings fire to every performance with her red hair and red guitar. Her songs crackle with originality, blaze with passion and glow with honest emotions.
In summer 2019, Lappa released her “Unfilitered” EP and performed at the Beaumont Blues Festival, Whitecourt Music Festival, Taste of Calgary, Mardi Gras Festival, Edmonton Rock Music Festival, and participated in the 2019 Canadian Songwriter Challenge at the Audio Department. Working with manager Mandy Wheelwright, Lappa is using an Edmonton Arts Council grant to record her most personal songs to date with producer Louise Burns of 604 Records. This Canadian Folk Music Awards and multiple Edmonton Music Awards winner is an emerging Canadian talent who is clearly “one to watch”.
Lappa performs as a soloist or with her 3 piece band, The Revelry. The band is made up of MacEwan University trained musicians: Madi Myhre on bass and Peter Joshua on drums. Since forming in 2016, Rebecca and The Revelry have performed at over 150 events. Lappa has toured extensively to promote several albums and build her fan base: Prairie Express Tour (SK/AB) in June/17, Spirit of Adventure Tour (SK/MB/ON) in Feb-May/18, Off The Rails Tour (ON/QC) combined with Via Rail’s Artist on Board program in July/18, Chasing The Sun Tour (AB/BC) in Aug/18, Unfiltered Summer Tour (AB) in June-Aug/19.
Since winning the CN Youth Artist Award at the 2014 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, Lappa has demonstrated that she is a star on the rise through electric live performances, 20K social media followers and charting nationally on campus radio. Highlights of her past accomplishments include: 5 time Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, winning Adult Alternative Recording of the Year at the 2015 Edmonton Music Awards. winning the 2017 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Spirit of Vimy Contest, a trip to Vimy Ridge and performing “Valiant of Vimy” at the Global TV televised Butterdome Ceremony for 5000 people. In 2018, she was a Top 10 finalist in the My United Way Voice contest, chosen as Top 5 regional finalist in the 2018 CBC Searchlight, received The $10K Bell Media Prize to attend Canada’s Music Incubator in Toronto, and won 1st place for the third time in Calgary’s Ship and Anchor Song Contest. Always improving her song craft, she was selected to song write at the SOCAN Songhouse for BreakOut West 2017 and 2018, the Open Chair for the Songwriters Association of Canada Songworks Camp in Edmonton in Aug/16 the Prairie Winter Songwriter Retreat in Winnipeg in Feb/16 and won the Shine My Demo contest at the SongRise 2015 conference. Her music has been synched in Shaw TV’s Dinner by the Minute TV program, All That You Love Will Be Carried Away movie, and A Nous Deux Canada film for Quebec Tourism.
Lappa is a graduate of MacEwan University’s music program who enjoys volunteering at the Stollery Children’s Hospital under the supervision of the Music Therapist. She also teaches voice, piano and songwriting in Edmonton and St. Albert. For the past 4 years, she has been a songwriting mentor for elementary school children during Culture Days at the Jubilee Auditorium. While Rebecca Lappa studied music at MacEwan University, she was the recipient of four scholarships: MacEwan Entrance Scholarship, Victor-Osten Performing Arts Award, Edmontone Studio Award, and RBC MacEwan Officers Endowment.