All Eyes on Rebecca Lynn Howard

Can you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your musical journey and background?

Hey everyone. I am country music artist Rebecca Lynn Howard. I grew up playing music in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky, moved to Nashville when I got a record deal right out of high school. I got my start as a songwriter writing songs for some of the biggest stars in country music, then landed my first hit as an artist with a song I wrote called Forgive. I’ve been working successfully in the music business ever since.

Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and how have they shaped your sound and style?

Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Reba, Dolly, Patty Loveless, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Wynona Judd…and on and on. I’m just such a lover of great music. If anyone listens to my music, I think you’ll hear tinges of all those styles in there.

Can you share a specific artist or album that has had a significant impact on your music?

Sheryl Crow’s Tuesday Night Music Club. That album turned me into a lover of writing songs and trying to be the coolest chick ever! Lol

What’s your creative process like when you’re composing or writing a new song?

Sometimes I start with a lyric idea. Sometimes the melody comes first. Sometimes they come simultaneously. It depends on the song that’s floating around in the room that day.

Among all the songs you’ve created, do you have a personal favorite? If so, what makes it special to you?

It would be tough to pick one favorite, but I will say this…my new album in full of a lot my favorite songs that I’ve been stockpiling over the last twenty years.

Can you share the story or inspiration behind that particular song?

The life I’ve had to live through or watching someone else’s story is usually the inspiration to all of my songs.

Let’s talk about your latest song. What’s the title, and what’s the story or message behind it?

“I’m Not Who You Think I Am” is a song I wrote about my uncle’s battle with alcoholism. He struggled his entire adult life with it. Ironically, when he finally sobered up at the end, he was tragically killed by a drunk driver. I really wanted to tell his story.

Share a memorable or unique experience from one of your live performances.

I was Steven Tyler’s bass player for many years. Toured with him all over the world. There was part of the show where he and I would have a sing-off to the intro of Mercedes Benz by Janis Joplin. What a highlight of my career!

Beyond music, do you have any hobbies or interests that you’re passionate about? How do they influence your music?

I’m super passionate about holistic health and natural alternative medicine. I’m not sure that has any effect on my music creatively, but it sure does keep me strong so I can keep making the music I love.

Is there a dream collaboration you’d like to pursue in the future?

Singing a song with Bonnie Raitt or EmmyLou Harris would be insane.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians who are just starting their journey in the music industry?

Let rejection become another layer of you skin, not a reason to give up.

Can you give us a sneak peek into any upcoming projects or new music you have in the works? What can your fans and listeners look forward to from you in the near future?

I’ve already released a couple tunes from my new album. “I Am My Mother” was my first release. It’s a song I wrote about my mom and the deep adoration I have for her. “I’m Not Who You Think I Am” is my latest release and it’s a total rocker! They’re definitely something for everyone on this album.