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 Cherokee Nation. She started playing piano and writing songs when she was nine years old and formed what has nw been documented as the first all-female rock band in the state of Oklahoma when she was in high school. 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 nine years. During the “Urban Cowboy” craze, Becky started writing songs for Al Gallico Music. Thanks to Al, Becky got her first big break 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 16 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.
In 2010, Becky wrote “Tsa La Gi-We Are Many” to honor her Cherokee ancestors. The Cherokee National Youth Choir recorded it, and she and the Youth Choir performed it at Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s Inaugurations on Nov. 6, 2011 and on August 14, 2015 in Tahlequah, OK. 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 the 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 (2012), Tahlequah, OK (2013), Tulsa, OK (2014), Kingsport, TN (2014), Tulsa, OK (2015), Greenville, TX (2016) and Tulsa, OK (2016).
In June, 2015, Becky’s song, “Celebrate America” won first place in the music category of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) “American Heritage” contest. Becky accepted her award and sang her song in Washington, DC.
Becky has written the theme song for “Oklahoma Music Shop”, a cable tv show which airs throughout Oklahoma every Saturday on Tulsa CW and KSBI in Oklahoma City. She hosted the first 6 episodes.
Becky was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame on October 16, 2015!