It first happened during my adolescence that I got the chance to rediscover jazz on my own and not through my parents (they are both professional jazz musicians) and began to appreciate it for real. Up until this time, I had only considered the genre as a tool for my musicianship, but not really as a passion. Eventually, it caught up with me. I remember how during high school, I rediscovered Chet Baker (singing) and realized that this had the singing style I loved the most. Casual, soft, but with great sensitivity and empathy. The sadness in his soft voice grabbed me in a way that singers never really had before. Until then, I had aimed at boring technical vocalist ideals, that were never really “true” and I couldn’t relate to them. Chet Baker, thankfully, changed my world, and after I discovered him, I found other vocalists that I felt had the same sort of melancholy and pain in their tone. Billie Holiday was one of them. Today, I still haven’t found anyone who excels them in terms of really touching me with their singing. Therefore, this has been a huge influence, and definitely affected the way I’ve turned out as a vocalist and a musician.
Rebecca Bergcrantz, singer and producer