Rebecca Pronsky is a born and raised Brooklynite with a “voice to die for” (Maverick) and songwriting talent that showcases “brutal, cutting lyricism" (Ithaca Times).
Rebecca’s music has been featured on NPR Song of the Day, WNYC, WFUV Sunday Breakfast, BBC Scotland, and BBC 6. Her 2013 album Only Daughter was named a “Top 10 Country Album of the Year” by the UK’s The Telegraph, alongside Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle. She has twice been a regional finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong Competition and her songs have appeared on television shows such as Breaking Amish, Usta Usta, and 90210. She recently appeared singing on an episode of NPR’s “This American Life.”
A singer since elementary school, Rebecca added songwriting to her repertoire around age 16 when she picked up the guitar for the first time. She went on to study Ethnomusicology and jazz at Brown University and came home to Brooklyn with a diploma and a demo CD. She soon met guitarist and composer Rich Bennett and the two hit the road together, developing a distinctive sound which has been described as “The Smiths relocated to Nashville” or “Stevie Nicks singing with Ennio Morricone.” In a decade of touring, Rebecca and Rich criss-crossed the US and Europe sharing stages with Shawn Colvin, Loudon Wainwright III, Madeleine Peyroux, Peter Case, Josh Ritter, Freedy Johnston, Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric, Patty Larkin, and Steve Forbert.
Then the 2016 election happened. While digesting the painful results, Rebecca found herself at the piano of all places writing songs in the first person... as Hillary Clinton. The songs were recorded as "Witness: Hillary's Song Cycle", a concept album recorded by an all-female band. The album delves into the imagined inner world of Hillary Clinton in the weeks following the 2016 election. "Witness" was released on the one-year anniversary of the election, Nov 8, 2017. The project then evolved into a live show and successfully made the crossover into musical theatre and cabaret, premiering in full at FringeNYC - The NY International Fringe Festival and Charm City Fringe in fall 2018. The show was featured on WNYC and is performed at political fundraisers and events. More is at witnesshillaryproject.com.
Rebecca continues to explore her songwriting in the context of political comedy and feminism. She and Rich also run Acme Hall Studios, a recording studio and music education space in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where they both teach, record, and inspire musicians of all levels.