Maybe a teacher back from Becky Moon’s school days in Chicago wrote it on a report card first.
After watching Becky‘N’Friends play two sets at the Lincoln House in Covina, it should be reiterated, “Becky plays well with others.”
Extremely well, in fact.
Ms. Moon has the powerful pipes to sing everything from sultry soul to hard rock, funk classics to cry-in-your-beer country. And it’s not just her vocals that show off her talents. Her Latin percussion skills with the timbales, congas and bongos add a propulsive energy to the sound.
The most fascinating part to Becky’s story is that she was a late bloomer when it comes to performing popular music. Born in Tahiti, she originally played Tahitian drums in Polynesian groups. Becky moved to Chicago at an early age where she was exposed to soul and gospel music. As she relates, “I never even heard of Led Zeppelin until I was 28!”
She is definitely making up for lost time, even though she still gets up before the sun goes up in her role of head swimming coach for Chino Hills Aquatics. As she started singing in various cover and wedding bands, she started to make connections with her illustrious musician Friends.
These Friends are all top-notched studio cats and seasoned road warriors. Chances are you've heard or seen them before. Take Joe Travers the Grammy winning drummer, who has played with Zappa Plays Zappa, Duran Duran, Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes, Keith Emerson and Joe Satriani to name a few. Keyboardist Nick Milo toured with Joe Cocker from 2001 until Joe’s passing in 2014. David Brown has played bass with Stevie Wonder and Evelyn Champagne King. Often joining in on the groove is Jeff Lewis on horns. Mr. Lewis has performed with ex-Tower of Power singer Lenny Williams, toured with the Jacksons and is the horn player for Latin R&B stalwarts Tierra.
Becky‘N’Friends will be performing at The Baked Potato Thursday, September 26.
Hugo is a contributing writer to the ConceptuaLine blog and an accomplished copywriter in both English and Spanish. Catch him on Friday nights supporting Lancer football.