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Becca McCoy

Becca and James are an undeniably dynamic duo. An accomplished composer, James Weaver brings his lush arrangements to life with a dense playing style. Becca McCoy’s rich mezzo and expressive vocal treatment has earned her local and national distinction. Friends since high school, this is their first original collaboration, after numerous successful cabarets and many years of solo accomplishments.

A NOT SO SILENT NIGHT began as a holiday cabaret to be performed around Tampa Bay in 2010. Looking to include some original songs in the show, James went through his files of sheet music—unfinished themes or sparks of inspiration—and recorded them for Becca. She listened to them over and over until a direction for the piece became apparent—that the music tonally or rhythmically sounded like a certain traditional carol, or a song matched up well with a specific poem, etc. She returned the pieces to James with these ideas, and he rearranged the songs. By focusing on the use of public domain carols to create the pieces, the Nativity emerged as the core of the album. It is Becca and James’ attention to musical and theatrical detail that results in the truly original versions of these well-known songs that are found on the album.

In 2011, A NOT SO SILENT NIGHT was released on CD and digital download, and concerts were performed around Tampa Bay to tremendous audience response and local press support. Becca and James performed on the morning show Daytime, were selected by John Fleming in the Tampa Bay Times Weekend section as a Top 3 Music Pick, and unsolicited praise came from Christian recording artist John Angotti, who called it “creative,” guitar virtuoso Bobby Fisher, who raved about the “beautiful arrangements and singing, “ and from opera singer David Powers, who said, “It’s astonishingly good.”