Rising student star

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Becca Fox is not your average university student.

While most are studying for exams or spending student loans, Becca is steadily garnering national success with her very own brand of acoustic R&B.

At just 20 years old, the singer is making quite the name for herself in the unsigned music scene, gigging in her home town of Edinburgh and achieving acclaim that belies her age.

In the last year alone, she has played headline shows at the Fringe and supported Loick Essien and Rizzle Kicks at the HMV Picturehouse, as well as receiving national airplay with her first single, Dangerous.

Becca writes all her own music, sings and plays guitar and piano, and is also studying for a bachelor of arts in popular music, courtesy of Napier University.

Her unusual blend of R&B and acoustic instrumentation is captivating, especially when fronted with soulful, velvety vocals — a subtle reference to one of her biggest influences, Christina Aguilera. Other influences are broad and varied: she lists Bob Dylan and Beyonce among them.

It’s these superstar artists that have influenced Becca’s decision to always perform entirely live – a fairly unusual move for a gigging R&B artist, and one that is setting her apart from the indie-rock bands currently flooding the unsigned scene.

Still, the Edinburgh girl’s style is one that will slot effortlessly into today’s charts; Dangerous is a melancholy, contemplative slice of R&B, slickly produced and performed with attitude.

The song has been played on various radio stations, including Jim Gellatly’s show, where he tipped her as a stand-out performer.

Her second single, Second Chance, is due for release on September 1, and Becca promises that we can expect lots more fresh music in the near future.

She told Scene: “I’ve been in the studio for the past month, writing and recording all original material. I take a huge part in the production process and really want each song to be special”.

That’s the beauty of Becca Fox; still so young, and there’s so much more to come from her — that we can be sure of.

Becca Fox plays King Tut’s on Thursday (August 16), alongside Nikki Garnet, Callie Rossi and Hooked Up. 8.30pm start and tickets are £6, available on 221 5279.