About Rebecca De La Torre, Singer/Songwriter/Pianist
With her lustrous singing voice and rich musicality, Rebecca De La Torre is quickly becoming the quintessential singer, songwriter, and pianist of her generation. An all-around musician who first learned to read music at the tender age of four, Rebecca’s incredible talent for pop, jazz, Latin/salsa, and R&B is perfecting how music is performed.
Leaving digital enhancement and recording trickery to the wayside, Rebecca knows that her genuine musicianship can be heard, seen and felt by those who experience her live performance or studio recordings. Whether she is alone with her piano singing the latest radio hits, in a duo or trio playing for an intimate wedding, or moving and shaking the crowd with the Rebecca De La Torre Band, an ensemble consisting of guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, percussion and horns, she intuitively knows how to lockdown her audience with the tunes that make them want to hear more. “While I’m playing I look around the room and try to make eye contact with as many people as I can,” explained Rebecca. “I know that when I lock eyes with someone who is really feeling the music, they’re sold.”
Though voice and piano have always played a major role in Rebecca’s life, her journey with music started with the trombone. As a young teen, she picked up the brass instrument and quickly became the all-state 1st trombonist in her hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. At 15 she took on the world of classical singing, began starring in numerous local musical productions and garnered a bookcase full of awards for voice and trombone. Regardless of these early successes, it never occurred to Rebecca that her passion could someday be her profession. Being a practical A+ student, Rebecca chose to come to Arizona on scholarship to study engineering at ASU.
Like all things Rebecca dedicated herself to, she quickly climbed the corporate ladder to become a Senior Engineer with one of the world’s largest defense contractors. Despite the recognition and rewards felt with this achievement, Rebecca continued to feel the enormous pull of her heart to music. Alongside her strenuous job, she was engaged to sing for the Arizona Opera, and joined Orquestra Panamericana, a popular Phoenix-based Latin music band. “I enjoyed it so much that I learned how to speak Spanish fluently,” recalls Rebecca. “I just knew that music was all I really wanted to do.”
With a little leap of faith, Rebecca began preparing herself to transition out of engineering and into the arms of her music career. She devoted herself to studying the piano and perfecting her pop-soul vocal style. She found the right opportunity to make music her fulltime profession when she became the Music Director for the Queen of Peace Catholic Church. “People thought I was absolutely crazy to leave my lucrative engineering career behind, but I have never felt regret. Making music my life is the best decision I’ve ever made.”
Rebecca became a fulltime musician in 2008, and has since performed regularly for numerous high-profile events and has been featured at Phoenix hotspots such as the Talking Stick Resort and Scottsdale Quarter. In 2011 she released her first EP entitled “I’m Coming Home” to rave reviews, and is currently collaborating with headlining songwriters and producers on a number of studio projects.
Like all true creative beings, Rebecca expresses her creativity not only through song, but also in her music business ventures. TopKat Studios is Rebecca’s recording studio located in Tempe, Arizona. Here she houses her office and recording studio, as well as art spaces for handcraft, video and photography. “It’s a way for me to harbor my creative projects and bring in other artists who need a place to make their art happen,” says Rebecca.