Rebecca Downes

Vocal Lecturer

Birmingham-based Rebecca is a fully independent artist creating original blues/rock music with her co-songwriter Steve Birkett and publishing it on her own label, Mad Hat Records. She has released three studio albums, one live album and one EP and she and Steve perform their music live within a 5-piece band.

Rebecca was voted Female Vocalist and Emerging Artist of the Year at the British Blues Awards 2016, Female Blues Vocalist of the Year in the FORM UK Blues Awards 2018 and Best Blues Band in the Black Country Music Awards 2019.

Rebecca has been a vocal coach for over 10 years and in addition to teaching in schools and colleges, she has her own private practice within which she has tutored fellow artists and TV performers. She is also a Brand Ambassador for the Forge Ahead Initiative, established to mentor new and emerging original rock bands.

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