Rebekah Fitch, singer and songwriter from Belfast, will release her third single, ‘Afraid of the Light’, on 11 November 2016. To celebrate the launch of the single, she will be headlining an event held by the Durham-based arts promotion company, Thorn, on the 8 November in Empty Shop HQ.
Rebekah has had early success with her first two singles, Stroke of Genius (released in June) and Here We Go (released in August), with extensive radio play on Dublin stations Today FM, 98FM, SPIN 1038 and FM104, as well as plays on various BBC Radio Ulster shows (Ralph McLean, Cherrie McIlwaine, ATL). They received excellent reviews from Gigging NI, Chordblossom and Pastie Bap. The releases were accompanied by launch gigs in The Sunflower Pub and The Pavilion to packed audiences.
Rebekah has been performing and writing songs from a young age. No stranger to the stage, she is a frequent performer while at university in Durham, where she is about to begin her final year studying Music, as well as regular performances in venues across Belfast while at home. Last year she enjoyed the privilege of musically directing a 20-piece college jazz band, which has not only strengthened her skills as a musician, but widened her musical repertoire, bringing jazz influences into her singing style. Rebekah’s music features an eclectic range of influences, from the haunting power of Florence and the Machine to the gripping and honest melodies of Amy Winehouse. An interest in electronic and timbral composers arose during her music degree studies, bringing in the experimental influences and trip hop style of Gorillaz and Portishead. This experimental style and search for new sounds is often coupled with the more rhythmic drive of The Black Keys. Her music strives to create a lasting impact, not only through her vocal capabilities, but also through unique and thought-provoking lyric writing.
“Afraid of the Light” will be Rebekah’s third release. The song is based on the idea that many people are comfortable living their own life without looking into anything more. Are we afraid of what the light will expose? Are we afraid of the truth? We would rather go on living in the “dark”, where it is safe and no big questions are asked. ‘Afraid of the Light’ is an encouragement, daring people to take the risk, to ask questions and have a look for themselves – what is life really about? You could find something so much greater than you ever imagined.