In listening through the songs of “Untouched”, you are witnessing Rebecca Kingsley in actual motion as she is finding her way, her sound, her voice. She assumed the role of the artist, writer, bandleader, arranger, producer and executive producer in the making of her first ever album collective. Every step and component of this project she dealt with hands on. But she never could have made it happen had it not been for the many other hands on deck.
Following her graduation from college, Kingsley launched a Kickstarter project and- with the help of family, friends and fans- gathered enough money to take charge of her own production processes. She spent the next six months exploring new sounds and building the album from the ground up, all with the unburdened freedom to assert her creativity and individuality. The project features an exceptional group of musicians and collaborators including R&B legend, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and 3-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Wyclef Jean.
Miss Kingsley named this album “Untouched” upon its completion June 1st, 2012 because it was something she took entirely into her own hands. But when its release was put on hold as she pursued the making of a second, very different project, this title innocently took on further meaning as the album was left “Untouched” for more than a year.
While all of the songs on the album are soulful fusions of Jazz and R&B with some organic hip-hop textures, the bonus track on “Untouched” is a Bachata cover of the classic R&B standard, “Killing Me Softly”. This song later became Kingsley’s first single off of her Bachata album entitled “Bachatera”. She chose to release both “Bachatera” and, finally, “Untouched” on Labor Day 2013 to commemorate the hard work put into the making of these two, very distinct and special projects.
Rebecca Kingsley impulsa a los géneros musicales, cruzando a territorio no reconocido como la primera Bachatera americana que no es latina. Su sonido de Bachata clásica, que es sutilmente infundido con una rica mezcla de jazz, R&B y soul, ha recibido apoyo de la industria y aplauso de la crítica en Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, Nueva York y por todo el mundo.
Rebecca asistió a el New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music en la ciudad de Nueva York con una especialización en Jazz Voz. Luego de su graduación, con la ayuda de amigos, familiares y aficionados- Rebecca recolectó bastante dinero para hacerse cargo de su propio proceso de producción en la realización de su primer álbum colectivo. El proyecto contó con un grupo aclamado de músicos y colaboradores, incluyendo Bernard “Pretty” Purdie- leyenda del R&B- y el cantante Wyclef Jean- ganador del premio Grammy tres veces.
En junio de 2012, el álbum, que se titula “Untouched”, fue terminado pero cuando se presentó una oportunidad inesperada, Rebecca anunció que no iba a lanzar el álbum al público como y cuando había planeado. Mientras que todas las canciones de “Untouched” eran “soulful” fusiones de jazz y R&B, con texturas orgánicas de hip-hop, el “bonus track” del álbum fue una versión Bachata del clásico R&B standard, “Killing Me Softly”. Esta canción se convertiría en el primer single de un nuevo, segundo álbum de Rebecca, un álbum Bachata.
Rebecca y productor Dominicano, Remy Nuñez comenzaron a escribir el álbum Bachata en Agosto de 2012, y en sólo tres meses escribieron y produjeron una docena de canciones originales. El álbum fue grabado en Nueva York, Italia y República Dominicana.
En enero de 2013, el video de “Killing Me Softly/Matándome Suavemente feat. Wyclef Jean” fue lanzado en YouTube y recibió más de 16,000 visitas en la primera semana.
Rebecca Kingsley pushes musical genre boundaries as she crosses into unchartered territory as the first non-Latina American-born Bachatera, landing herself in a niche that is creatively and authentically part of who she is. Rebecca is able to combine her love for rhythm and dance, her passion for writing love songs to organic instrumentals, and her ability to speak Spanish; all with the freedom to celebrate her beautiful vocal range, something that is often compromised in American pop music. Her classic Bachata sound- subtly infused with a rich mix of jazz, R&B and soul- has received industry support and local critical acclaim in Santo Domingo, New York City and all over the world.
While all of the songs on Rebecca’s very first album, titled “Untouched” were soulful fusions of Jazz and R&B with some organic hip-hop textures, the bonus track was a Bachata cover of the classic R&B standard, “Killing Me Softly”. This song inspired the making of an entire Bachata album, and so the June 2012 release of her first album was put on hold as she pursued this second, very different project.
In August 2012, Rebecca and Dominican producer, Remy Nuñez began writing for the Bachata album, and in only three months, they had written and arranged over a dozen original songs. The songs have been recorded in New York City, Italy and the Dominican Republic.
In January 2013, Rebecca published the music video for her first single, “Killing Me Softly/Matándome Suavemente feat. Wyclef Jean” and in the first week, received more than 20,000 views.
I named this album “Untouched” upon its completion June 1st, 2012 because it was something I took into my own hands. But when its release was put on hold, this title innocently took on further meaning as the album was left “Untouched” for more than a year. Every step and every component of this project I dealt with hands on. But I never could have made it happen had it not been for the many other hands on deck. My family: my beautifully creative, bright and ambitious older sister, Caroline; my outspoken, eccentric and adoring brother, Willy; a mother who is my biggest fan and friend, and who’s beautiful voice can be heard on “Hope I Find My Way”; a bighearted Daddy who always makes me laugh and loves me unconditionally; my most dear Martha and Nanc; my wise and beautiful little sister, Sarah; and Johi, mi angelita. Thank you to Darren Mastropaolo for helping me find my voice again. To my favorite singer and friend, Lyle Divinsky for connecting me with the most wonderful group of Portland musicians and people. To Andy Argondizza, the album’s MVP, who was there for me through this all, guiding me, supporting me, believing in me and sometimes just listening to me. To Dan Merrill for his patience and warmth, the beautiful life he gave these songs, and for all the fun he, Andy and I had together recording in his cool, cozy tree house studio. (We also ought to thank Amato’s he he.) To my fury entourage, Paparazzi and Stella. To all the phenomenal musicians on the album; to my friend, Wyclef; to Jamey at Chung King Studios; a very special thanks to Mike Stein and Bernard Purdie; to Remy for making things happen so beautifully with such short notice; to my mentor and friend, Colin Morrison, who has been in my heart every time I step up to the mic. A special thanks to ML Norton for putting on such a beautiful photo shoot; also to Francois Gagne, Shanell Petrino, Jose Miguel Compres, Americk Lewis and Nick Sosin. To my forever friends, the incredibly talented Zack Atkinson and Brian Sewall for doing all the album artwork. To JR, my muse, with whom I’ve experienced love and loss at its deepest… and for all the good writing material that’s come out of it. To Jasper and the Vinatta Project for hosting the NYC fundraiser, and to my sister for orchestrating such a successful night; to the many people who supported my Kickstarter project that made the making of this album possible (special thanks to Deets, Jennifer Staudenmaier, mi cuñado Benny, and RK for their exceptional generosity).