Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart
SHANNON COSGROVE // Publicist
Rebecca Haviland is a Grammy award winning vocalist with years of touring and songwriting experience. Her band Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart, a roots rock Americana band based in New York, consists of bassist Chris Anderson (Martin Sexton), drummer Kenny Shaw (Dispatch) and B3 player Todd Caldwell (Crosby Stills and Nash). Rebecca’s big vocals and intimate songwriting accompanied by her soulful band break new barriers with their unique form of Americana.
Their album Bright City Lights released in 2018 was called “hauntingly beautiful” by Paste Magazine, and “the rare seven song disc that deserves to be stretched to a full length” by Chronogram. After completing a tour opening for Martin Sexton in 2018, Rebecca and her band released two live albums, Sun Studio Sessions Volume 1 and Volume 2, tracked across two late night recording sessions at the famous Sun Studio in Memphis, TN where artists like Elvis and Johnny Cash made their first recordings. Their episode of Sun Studio Sessions Live taped for PBS and other public television stations is airing now nationwide. The new single, Hide Away, inspired by a collection of late night memories, will be released May 17th with tour dates to follow.
Rebecca, the granddaughter of jazz musicians, got her start at a young age when her father started sneaking her into bars at the age of 13 to sit in with her uncle's blues band. Her first album with Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart, released in 2012, received awards in the International Songwriting Competition and Unsigned Only Competition. After a year playing keyboards and guitar for multi-platinum selling pop artist Rachel Platten, which included television performances on Ellen and Good Morning America with performances across North America, Europe, Australia and Japan, Rebecca decided to head back in the studio with a collection of songs inspired by her travels and her love for American roots music.
"Bright City Lights" was released in April of 2018 and produced by Don DiLego (Jesse Malin, Hollis Brown) at Atomic Sound in Brooklyn featuring the singles, "Bright City Lights," and "You and I." The music video for "You and I" received a nomination in the International Songwriting Competition category for best music video.
Early 2019 brought the release of two live albums, tracked in two separate late night sessions at the famous Sun Studio in Memphis, TN where artists like Elvis and Johnny Cash made their first recordings. Volume 1 features a collection of originals and covers including the John Prine song Angel From Montgomery, and Slipped Tripped Fell In Love by artist Ann Peebles. Volume 2 features original songs taped for the band's episode of Sun Studio Sessions Live airing now on public television and PBS stations nationwide.
Rebecca is currently in the studio with her band working on new music inspired by the stories of women in our current society. "This album is meant to be a collection of stories and memories, but I also wanted all the songs to create a nostalgic feel and simultaneously be awesome late night driving songs, the kind of songs you put on after leaving a hang on a cool summer night, and you're driving with the windows down on the highway thinking about what could have been, what was said, and what might be."