London-based professional vocalist Becca Wilkins is a versatile musician with an assured sense of style and a poised approach to vocal musicianship. An experienced live and studio vocalist across a wide range of musical genres, Becca has an excellent knowledge of vocal styles and technique as well has harmony and arranging.
Having studied with some of the UK’s most prolific jazz vocalists, including Sara Colman and Tina May at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Becca has an impressive technical command over her own voice and a clear artistic vision, and finds herself most at home with contemporary jazz.
In 2018 she released the self-promoted jazz duo EP with pianist Tom Harris, wilkins/harris, with an accompanying UK tour the same year. This tour took this collaborative original music to venues across the UK, including the Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel, the Lescar, and most notably as a support slot for Kandace Springs at Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Tony Dudley Evans has described this project as having ‘a real energy and joy in their performances and I believe that they will always captivate audiences'.
A highly flexible musician, Becca’s projects range from artful storytelling and sensitive textural vocals to energetic showmanship and commanding extemporisation. She can also be found performing with the epic 22-piece orchestra and DJ experience Symphonica ft Mr Switch, as well as with high performance outfit The Distractions.
An equally confident side-woman, Becca is a powerful communicator and song interpreter, whether working with lyric or textural melody. She has collaborated extensively with exciting up-coming composer, Olivia Murphy. Her most recent projects Moonrise alongside pianist Olly Chalk and upcoming debut release from the Olivia Murphy Jazz Orchestra both feature Becca as a textural and storytelling element.
Becca has previously been shortlisted alongside six contemporary vocalists in jazz from around Europe for her use of vocal processors in live performance, and she featured heavily in her project, Gestalt. This band featured some of the UK’s brightest young talents, providing ‘a powerful accompaniment to Becca’s intimate lyrics and vocal textures, effortlessly shifting from abrasive electronic soundscapes to gentle piano textures and everything in between’. This project showcased their set of brand-new compositions to an eager audience at a Jazzlines free gig at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, in late 2019, and the Vortex Jazz Club in London in August 2021.
More recently, Becca can be found performing with London Vocal Project, one of the UK’s leading contemporary vocal ensembles, specialising in jazz, blues and groove music, as well as exciting jazz pianist Maria Grapsa.
Alongside her performing career, Becca is an accomplished vocal coach, with students going on to join the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy, British Youth Musical Theatre Summer School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Becca’s teaching informs her own singing and she considers herself a vocal practitioner, as well as a confident and cooperative musician with a bright future.