REBECCA MAYES: THE LIGHTS

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New single out 7 May | http://www.rebeccamayes.com

Devon singer-songwriter Rebecca Mayes releases her first single
The Lights into the official UK charts on 7th May. The song was
recorded and produced by Rebecca in her Totnes studio, with
additional production and mixing by Dartmouth producer, Guy
Rigby, of One Wednesday Studios. The video for the single –
http://youtu.be/F6BDVfF-A3c – was filmed in Totnes using local
actors and filmmakers and has already notched up thousands of
views.

Rebecca had her first big break when one of her songs was used on
Charlie Brooker’s BBC4 programme, Gameswipe and she subsequently
gained a reputation for her reviewing video games via the medium
of song. The Lights is a departure from these unconventional
beginnings, and she is currently writing and recording an album
of new material, as requested from her fanbase, about the things
that really inspire her.

‘It’s a song that celebrates beauty, simplicity, and friendship,’
says Rebecca. It was written for the end credits of the film, In
Transition 2.0, for which Rebecca composed the soundtrack. In
Transition 2.0 is a documentary featuring stories from different
communities around the world that run sustainability projects.
All the proceeds from the release will go to the Transition
Network, the charity that created the film. ‘I wanted to support
the Transition Network because it does fantastic work to aid
community resilience around the world.’

The accompanying music video shows office workers losing their
jobs and finding hope, creativity and community together. ‘I see
what we’re encountering in these uncertain times as an
opportunity rather than a problem and I wanted to create
something uplifting to reflect this,’ Rebecca says. ‘We had a
lot of fun making the video and the actors were incredible. I
was honoured to include the magical artwork of local painter
Carolina Maggio who draws a mural on wall in the video. It’s the
first time I’ve directed such a big project and a number of
Devon businesses generously supported us to make it happen,
including South Devon Rural and Pluss Creative Enterprise.’

Rebecca has recently been chosen by IC Music, a new music network
of venues across Belgium, France and the UK, as one of 12
artists who will be given opportunities to tour in big venues
across Europe – see http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/news/the-epic-win.html

Rebecca’s just returned from her first gig in France where she
supported Baxter Jury to a sold-out crowd. ‘I loved being on the
big stage,’ she says, ‘it’s totally given me the taste for
touring.’

Rebecca will be performing locally at Totnes Studio Lounge on
11th May, Dartmouth Music Festival on 13th May and Exeter
Phoenix on 16th May; The Lights is available to purchase from
[http://www.rebeccamayes.com] and all major music download
retailers from 7th May 2012.

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