“You Have to Have Thick Skin” Becca Bowen Talks Lessons, New Album

Boasting a “soulful country” sound, Becca Bowen has worked to carve out her own unique path within Nashville’s ever growing music community. Influenced by the likes of George Strait, Dolly Parton, and Shania Twain, Bowen embraces the classics while putting her own spin on her music, creating a sound that is distinct and immediately recognizable.

Fresh off the release of her debut album, Like You’ve Never Been Loved, we had the chance to chat with Bowen about her new album, journey, influences, and more.

Worlds of Country: When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue?

Becca: At a very young age I knew that music was in my heart and the career path that I wanted to take. I started singing when I was 5 years old. My mom’s side of the family were very talented and I was influenced by their love for music.  I had the opportunity to be the opening act for Alabama at a big music festival. As I looked out at the crowd, at that moment, I knew that I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.                 

Worlds of Country: Once you knew, what was your first step towards making this dream a reality?

Becca: My first step was making my way to Nashville. I knew that in order for me to pursue my dreams I needed to be in Music City. I wanted to connect with people who had the same hopes and dreams that I had. Working hard  and staying focused on my music started to make my dreams become a reality. 

Worlds of Country: How would you describe your musical style for people that may have never heard you before?

Becca: I have a very soulful country sound that I contribute to my background in gospel music. 

Worlds of Country: Who would you say most influenced this style?

Becca: I have always been a fan of George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Alan Jackson and Dolly Parton and also the powerhouse performer Shania Twain. I believe their music has really influenced the sound I have today. 

Worlds of Country: What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned along this musical journey?

Becca: The toughest lesson I have learned is that if you are going to be in the music industry you have to have a thick skin, be persistent and determined. It is easier to give up on your dreams than it is to fight for them. The music industry is difficult at times but I remind myself why I am doing this and it keeps me focused. I’ve always wanted to make a difference and through music I can do that. 

Worlds of Country: Walk us through the process of putting together your album, Like You’ve Never Been Loved.

Becca: I had been wanting to do an album for years and I really poured my heart and soul into this one.  This album is very relatable. It takes listeners through the story of love, heartache and finding strength after the loss of a relationship. I was very fortunate to have many great writers contribute to this album. Lee Brice, Rebecca Lynn Howard and Rachel Bradshaw to name a few. I had a lot of input into what I wanted the final product to be and Sal Oliveri who produced it did a phenomenal job capturing my vision. 

Worlds of Country: Are there any songs of the project that stick out as personal favorites, and if so why?

Becca: My favorites that really speak to me on this album are “Boy,” “Home” and “How It All Went Down.” I think these 3 songs truly capture the essence of this album. These songs are powerful. 

Worlds of Country: What’s next for you?

Becca” I’m excited for what 2023 holds. I will be dropping new music and will be doing more shows to promote the album. It’s going to be a great year and I can’t wait to see what God has in store. 

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