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. Her guru was Shujaat Khan, son and disciple of one of India's most influential sitarists, Ustad Vilayat Khan. After college Becky continued to study North Indian classical music with 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. She has recorded and performed sitar primarily with Jason Mraz and Raining Jane, and has also worked with Trevor Hall, Willy Porter, and Thee Nathaniel Fregoso and the Bountiful Hearts.
The bass guitar came into Becky’s life in the early 1990’s at age 13, when she began obsessively listening to L.A. alt rock station KROQ and teaching herself to play by ear. Becky also taught herself to play guitar and was spending afternoons and weekends jamming with friends in various garages and bands in West L.A.
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.