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).
Rebecca Kingsley: A Gringa Seduced by Bachata
The American singer promotes “Killing me softly” bachata version
Written by ROSMERY M. DE LOS SANTOS
Destiny had prepared a big surprise for the American artist, Rebecca Kingsley. After having experience in jazz, R&B and soul, this young singer never imagined she would end up singing bachata.
“I was dancing in a show when I met my partner, Remy Nunez. He saw me dancing and asked what I was doing there and if I liked bachata and I told him yes,” Rebecca said with her very fluent Spanish, and so she began telling her story of this world of bachata.
Remy Nunez had an idea, which was to have Rebecca sing Bachata entirely in English. Then in 2005 they made the first test record of a bachata song, but it ended up (being left behind).
After losing touch, in the time they were apart, the 24 year-old dancer also studied and sang professionally in New York City. When she finished college, Rebecca felt ready to release her first album, which would be jazz, R&B and Soul album, but she wanted to add to the album at least one tropical song. That was when she thought no one could help her better than her former friend, Remy Nunez.
The reunion. It was not until six years later, in (2012) when these friends were reunited to continue their dream together.
The song “Killing Me Softly”, which features singer Wyclef Jean, is the first single off of her first production “La Unica”. On this album, the singer born in (Maine) Boston will also have a collaboration with Fernando Villalona, with whom she shared the stage with in a concert that this merenguero put on in his hometown village, Loma de Cabrera.
“When I left college, I wanted to do a solo Jazz, Soul and R&B album, but I love Latin music and I wanted to do at least one Latin song… I thought about Remy Núñez and so I looked him up on