New Discovery: Rebecca Lynn Howard


New Discovery: Rebecca Lynn Howard

Can you share more details about your latest project, the collection of songs you’ve been working on for the past 20 years? What inspired this project, and what can fans expect from it?

This collection of songs reflects so many different parts of my life over the last few years. It’s interesting though, because there’s really not a love song on here and I’m the happiest in my relationship that I’ve ever been. I’ve just cut so many Love songs in the past that I wanted to touch on other subjects this time. The musical production, however, is a roller coaster ride. I really wanted this body of work to take the listener on a journey and it does.

Songwriting is often a cathartic process. What specific emotions or messages do you hope your music conveys to listeners, and how do you approach creating a meaningful connection through your songs?

My end goal is always for the listener to feel something when they hear my songs. Even the up-tempo ones that are just fun… I want to evoke a happy emotion that makes you wanna move your body and dance to the music. I heard someone say, years ago, that music should move your head your heart, your hips, or your feet. That’s what I tried to do on this project!

How has your musical style evolved over the years? In your latest project, do you feel a blend of your roots and the changes you’ve undergone as an artist? How important is personal growth in your creative journey?

I think growth is important in anyone’s journey, not just a creative person. I do see a huge difference in my artistry now from 20 years ago. I’ve had so many more experiences over the past few years, like playing with Steven Tyler, and becoming a connoisseur of rock music . I definitely feel like there’s a new rock element that exists in my production nowadays that didn’t exist before. I’m excited for everyone to hear what this new music sounds like.

Aspiring musicians often face rejection in their careers. What advice do you have for them in handling rejection and using it as a tool for personal and professional growth?

Rejection is only someone’s opinion. And you know what they say about opinions… I keep following my heart and know that if it’s what I wanna do, no one‘s opinion is going to change my perseverance.

With the music industry shifting towards digital platforms, how do you navigate the challenges of making a living as a recording artist, especially in terms of balancing the advantages and disadvantages of the digital age?

Years ago we felt the shift in the music business. It became more difficult to make money as a songwriter. The digital platforms are most definitely affecting that part of our industry… So we all had to make a shift. That’s why we love playing live shows, and we spread ourselves a little bit into other areas of the music business to be able to make a living.

Your personal image and style contribute to your brand as an artist. How do you approach your fashion choices and personal image to express yourself and connect with your fans? Is there a particular style that resonates with you?

I’ve always leaned a little bit toward BoHo hippie style. And I was wearing bellbottoms when they weren’t cool and I’ll be wearing bellbottoms when they’re not cool again.

Looking ahead, what are your long-term goals and aspirations as a recording artist? How do you envision your music evolving, and what can fans expect from you in the coming years?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that I really can’t ever predict what’s gonna happen in this journey, so I’ll literally hang on with a white knuckle grip and be ready for whatever comes my way.

You mentioned the impact of digital platforms on the songwriting community. Can you elaborate on the challenges faced by songwriters in this digital age and your thoughts on potential legislative solutions to address these issues?

Because legislation hasn’t kept up up with new technologies, the songwriting community are not being paid fairly for their work like they are in terrestrial radio. In digital streaming, songwriters are making pennies, comparatively… a tiny fraction of what they would make if they had the same number of spins on the radio. So, with everything going mainly digital. you can see how that would definitely affect someone’s livelihood. We have made tiny leaps as far as legislation is concerned, but we still have a really long way to go.

Your love for bohemian and hippie styles is evident. How does your personal style reflect your identity as an artist, and do you think it has an impact on how your fans perceive and connect with you?

I don’t feel like my personal style reflects the sound of my music necessarily. I like to dress the way I dress and over the years, I don’t feel like that has changed as much as the style of my music. The two don’t really go hand-in-hand that much. I’m sure if someone had never heard my music before and just saw a picture of me in 1 million patterns and bellbottoms they might get a certain direction already in their head of what I might sound like, but I don’t feel like the two are necessarily related.

Throughout your career, you’ve stayed true to making music that you love. How do you ensure that authenticity remains a core aspect of your artistry, and how does it contribute to touching the hearts of those who resonate with your music?

Being an independent artist, sure does make it a lot easier to ensure authenticity of your work. I have been in control of my sound since the early 2000’s and it may appear that my sound has bounced all over the place, but it’s always been a reflection of where I am at that point in time in my life. I hope it always continues to change because that means I’m growing and evolving. One of my fears would be to become stagnant with my music.

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