L.A. native Becky Gebhardt is a composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist whose primary musical work revolves around collaborations between her band, Raining Jane, and Jason Mraz. She also composes music for films, including the documentary short Framing Agnes set to premier at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Becky plays the bass, sitar, and guitar. She also is Co-Director and Co-Founder of the social justice non-profit Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles.
Becky went to UCLA where she did not major in music, but where she did meet the people who would shape the next 20 years of her career: Raining Jane. The band celebrates 20 years together in 2019. It was also at UCLA where Becky first learned to play the sitar. Her first mentor, Shujaat Khan, is son and disciple of one of India's most influential sitarists, Ustad Vilayat Khan. After college Becky continued to study with Paul Livingstone. Eventually she shifted away from traditional playing to integrating the sitar and North Indian classical music concepts into Western musical collaborations - a musical hybrid reflecting the hybrid of her own family heritage.
Raining Jane got their start playing on campus at UCLA, and in bars and small clubs in west L.A. In 2004 the band quit their day jobs and launched full time into touring the college circuit. They averaged 120 shows per year for 6 years, all self booked and managed. In 2006 they met Jason Mraz at one of those college gigs and a new creative partnership was born. Raining Jane and Mraz started writing songs and performing together, eventually releasing the album Yes! under Mraz’s name, recorded with Mike Mogis for Atlantic Records. The 2014 album release was followed by appearances on American Idol, The Ellen Show, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and the Yes! World Tour including stops in 16 countries. In 2018 Mraz released another Raining Jane co-write, “Have It All,” on his album Know. Raining Jane joined Mraz’s Superband in 2018, touring the US and Europe, with Asia ahead in 2019.
In 2005, Becky and Raining Jane drummer Mona Tavakoli drove to Oregon to volunteer at Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls, Portland. Along with Raining Jane and a tight crew of volunteers, Becky co-founded Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles in 2010, a social justice non-profit dedicated to empowering girls through music education.