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 jazz and blues.
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 be found performing as the front-woman of energetic, brass-fuelled jazz-pop fusion band, Argle Bargle, 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. In March 2019 Murphy released her EP afterglow of a dream suite, which featured Becca in the unique frontline of vocals, saxophone (Murphy) and trombone (Joe Carnell) in rich three-part writing and captivating free improvisation. Murphy has since created a new suite of music with Wilkins, alongside pianist Olly Chalk. Tomorrow Songs was debuted in a live stream in collaboration with Stoney Lane Records and Jazzwise Magazine in August 2020, with Becca contributing vocal FX alongside her singing. Becca is to join forces with Murphy again in her upcoming debut of the Olivia Murphy Jazz Orchestra in February 2022, supported by the Peter Whittingham Award.
Becca has been shortlisted alongside six contemporary vocalists in jazz from around Europe for her use of vocal processors in live performance, and she continues to pursue this artistic avenue in her most recent project, Gestalt. This project features 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.