Rebecca Pronsky is a born and raised Brooklynite whose music confidently straddles the boundaries of country roots, jazz, rockabilly, and folk. She creates a distinctive sound, which at times feels like The Smiths relocated to Nashville or Stevie Nicks singing with Ennio Morricone.
Rebecca is a triple threat. She’s got a “voice to die for” (Maverick), songwriting talent that showcases “brutal, cutting lyricism" (Ithaca Times), and a masterful collaborator: guitarist and producer Rich Bennett, who “puts the trimmings on the music with a battery of echo drenched, twangy leads” (Blurt).
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 musical compatriot Rich Bennett and the two hit the road together.
In over a decade of touring, Rebecca and Rich have 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.
In 2015, Rebecca and Rich launched 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.
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.”
Having just released "Known Objects" in 2016, it was not Rebecca's intention to make another record for a while. But later that same year, while digesting the painful results of the US presidential election, Rebecca quite suddenly 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 that 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.
Since then, the Hillary project has evolved into a live show and successfully made the crossover into musical theatre and cabaret. It has been performed at political events and premieres in full at FringeNYC - The NY International Fringe Festival and Charm City Fringe Festival this fall. Rebecca talked about the project in a recent interview with WNYC. Though a considerable departure from her folk-noir sound, Rebecca is thrilled to have this opportunity to explore her voice and songwriting in a theatrical context. More at witnesshillaryproject.com