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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 UNTOUCHED



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).

Rebecca Kingsley

I am so excited to announce that “My Man” is now available on iTunes! Darren Mastropaolo and I wrote “My Man” together in 2009. In 2012, I produced it as part of my Kickstarter Album, and this summer the song was selected out of over 20,000 entries in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) in the Jazz category.
For a list of the other semifinalists visit