Becky Schlegel has a gift for taking life’s experiences and transforming them into songs that are passionate and unique. Her music is a fusion of folk, bluegrass and country that is mesmerizing. Schlegel performs on Sat., July 1, at 8 p.m.
Her music is original, drawing on the influence of classic country, bluegrass, folk, and her own thoughtful spirit. Schlegel’s incredible voice floats, whispers then soars above music of the highest quality. She takes her listeners on a musical journey, exploring new places and meeting new people in every song.
Schlegel also writes and records specialty songs that honor life events such as Golden Anniversaries or special family stories. She is also an artist with paint and canvas, producing vibrant pieces for her Folk Art Paintings series. Four paintings are coming to Crossings on July 1, and they can also be seen on her website at http://beckyschlegel.com
In 2016, Schlegel was inducted into the Legends of South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame. Repeatedly recognized by the International Bluegrass Music Association as an outstanding songwriter, Schlegel sings with an effortless, wistful – and, at turns, smoky – soprano that accentuates the meanings of her insightful lyrics. Schlegel’s most recent album, “Opry Lullaby,” was released in Spring 2014 and was selected to be featured in That Nashville Sound's “Top Albums of the First Half of 2014.”
Schlegel hasn’t forgotten her roots, but her heart and her music know no bounds. She continues to explore, dream, write and sing songs of life and love – of heartache and redemption. Her music is diverse; a compelling, almost spiritual ride that is the embodiment of a fascinating woman and her engaging stories. Her 2010 album, Dandelion, saw her moving away from a strong bluegrass sound, with instrumentation that perfectly complements her voice.
She performed several times for Garrison Keillor’s Minnesota Public Radio program, “A Prairie Home Companion” and has received many awards from the Minnesota Music Academy.