Composer and multi-instrumentalist Becky Gebhardt is a member of the band Raining Jane. She plays the bass, sitar and guitar. Her most recent work includes co-writing, recording and world-touring with Jason Mraz, composing music for short films, and collaborating with 9 Theory. Becky is also Co-Executive Director of the social justice non-profit Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles.
Becky was born and raised in Los Angeles and went to UCLA where she majored in English and minored in music history. At UCLA she joined Raining Jane and first picked up the sitar. Shujaat Khan, son and disciple of one of India's most influential sitarists, Ustad Vilayat Khan, was her first sitar mentor. After college Becky continued to study North Indian classical music under the guidance of sitarist Paul Livingstone. Eventually her interests shifted away from the traditional and towards integrating the sitar and North Indian classical musical concepts into Western pop and folk music. The fruits of that can be heard primarily on albums by Raining Jane and Jason Mraz. Other artists she has recorded sitar for include Trevor Hall, Willy Porter, Thee Nathaniel Fregoso and the Bountiful Hearts.
The bass, however, is what Becky considers to be her primary instrument. Becky started playing the bass and the guitar at age 13. Most of her recording and performing work has been on the bass. Guitar is her main tool for writing. The upright bass was added to her arsenal during the recording of the Yes! album.
In 2005, Becky and her band mate Mona Tavakoli drove to Oregon to volunteer at Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls, Portland. Long story short, it was a hugely influential experience. Becky and Mona went on to Co-Found and Co-Direct Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles, a social justice non-profit dedicated to empowering girls through music education. In 2016, Mona and Becky were honored by the She Rocks Awards for this work.