Whiskey-voiced Becky Hobbs is one-of-a-kind. She is a gifted songwriter, as well as a captivating entertainer. On stage, she plays some rockin’ keys, yet she can rope you in like an Oklahoma cowgirl with her from-the-heart ballads.
Becky has performed in over 40 countries, including nine in Africa. Her songs have been recorded by Alabama, Conway Twitty ("I Want To Know You Before We Make Love" went to #1), George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Glen Campbell, Wanda Jackson, John Anderson, Janie Fricke, Lacy J Dalton, Moe Bandy, Shelly West, Helen Reddy, Shirley Bassey, Jane Oliver, Ken Mellons, and others. She is the co-writer of Alabama’s hit, “Angels Among Us,” which has been used by many charities throughout the world, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
"The Beckaroo," as she is called by her friends, was born and raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She is a citizen of the great Cherokee Nation. She started playing piano and writing songs when she was nine years old and formed her own all-girl rock band in high school, which has since been documented as the first all-female rock band in the state of Oklahoma. She spent 2 years in Baton Rouge, LA playing in southern rock band, “Swampfox,” before her dreams took her to Los Angeles, where she lived for 9 years. During the “Urban Cowboy” craze, Becky started writing songs for Al Gallico Music. Thanks to Al, Becky got her first major deal with Mercury Records, and had chart success with “I Can’t Say Goodbye To You,” “Honky Tonk Saturday Night,“ and others.
In 1981, Becky headed for Nashville, and shortly thereafter recorded a Top 10 duet with Moe Bandy, "Let's Get Over Them Together." In 1988, her critically acclaimed All Keyed Up album (MTM, then BMG), brought us "Jones On The Jukebox," "Are There Any More Like You," and "Do You Feel The Same Way Too." In 1988, Becky's co-written song "You Are" (recorded by Glen Campbell & Emmylou Harris) was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Country & Western Vocal Performance -Duet category. In the early 90's, Becky's "Talk Back Tremblin' Lips" video (Curb Records) went to #6 on CMT. In 1994, she released The Boots I Came to Town In album (Intersound), which included the haunting "Pale Moon," "Mama's Green Eyes (And Daddy's Wild Hair)" and Becky's own version of "Angels Among Us." Becky was named Cashbox Magazine's Independent Country Music Female Artist of the Year for 1994.
In 1996, Becky married guitarist/ producer/songwriter Duane Sciacqua. Duane played guitar with Glenn Frey for 14 years, and also played with Paul McCartney and Joe Walsh, among others. He produced Becky’s 1998’s From Oklahoma With Love, which got a rave review in PEOPLE Magazine. Swedish Coffee & American Sugar was released by popular demand in Scandinavia in 2000, and in 2004, Becky released Songs From the Road of Life (also produced by Duane). Best of the Beckaroo-Part 1 was released in 2005. It contains 21 of Becky’s most popular recordings.
Becky’s song TSA LA GI-WE ARE MANY was recorded by the Cherokee National Youth Choir in 2010 and is out now on a cd by Becky herself, and includes two karaoke tracks, to encourage people to learn the song. She performed it at Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s Inauguration on Nov. 6, 2011 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Also, in 2011, Becky's CD, "Nanyehi-Beloved Woman of the Cherokee" was released. It contains 17 songs written for a musical, based on the life of her 5th-great grandmother, Nancy Ward (1738-1822). Nick Sweet is co-writer of book. The musical won a grant from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in 2010, and has had productions in Hartwell, GA, Tahlequah, OK, Tulsa, OK and Kingsport, TN. For more info, click here.