About the Band
Big Truck, the band, came to life in May of 2002, shortly after Rebecca played several benefit concerts for Families Singing for Families, a NJ-based organization to benefit families who suffered losses on September 11th. Several of the musicians and vocalists who performed with Rebecca at these concerts began regular rehearsals and formed what is now known as “Big Truck.”
As the opportunities to perform increased, so did the size of the band: “Big Truck” is an 8-piece band which consists of three vocalists, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, drums, African percussion and woodwinds. Big Truck might appear to be exclusively a “rock and roll” band, but its multi-talented members play and sing a wide range of musical styles, ranging from Country to Blues to Latin to ‘50’s doo-wop.
Many of the band members are parents and have had professional experience in theatre, performance, and music education. The objectives of this unique group of musicians are twofold: to bring families together to share a musical experience; and to expose children to many musical styles and genres. Much of this original music is based on universal themes that are applicable to all children and families. It provides a musical snapshot of many moments in children’s lives; like learning to ride a two-wheel bike, building a sandcastle, having a scary dream or taking a bubble bath.
Before Rebecca Frezza began rocking the younger set, she was a dancer working toward her dream of performing on Broadway. From her roots in musical theatre and her work as a music educator, she has developed into an award-winning singer/songwriter of music for children.
As a young person Rebecca was always performing - dancing and singing her way into every stage production she could find - with never a doubt in her mind that the stage was where she wanted to be. After studies at the Boston Conservatory and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Rebecca became immersed in a professional career whose impressive credits included performing in the worldwide touring companies of 'EVITA' and 'A Chorus Line.' While taking a break from life as a showbiz gypsy to get married and start a family, she began teaching for Music Together, a nationwide parent/child music program. It was there that Rebecca began writing music. Her first three songs, published by Music Together, were soon being sung by families all over the country. "I realized at that point that I was on to something," says Frezza.
Rebecca, determined to create a body of original music for children who had outgrown toddler tunes but were not yet ready for mainstream adult "pop" music, was able to tap into a burst of creative energy that is still going strong. Thirteen of her original compositions were released on Rebecca's first CD, 'Music in My Heart.' Critics raved, and Rebecca's debut album received awards from Parents Guide to Children's Media, Dr. Toy, and Children's Music Web.
In response to the demand for live performances, Rebecca Frezza soon found herself fronting an eight-piece band she calls Big Truck. With Rebecca "behind the wheel," Big Truck offers a variety of sound colors, two back-up singers, flute, harmonica, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drum set, and more. Rebecca's dance and theatrical background are in evidence with a visually engaging presentation of synchronized dance movement, which audience members - young and old - often find themselves part of! A second award winning CD, 'Road Trip,' went a long way toward propelling Rebecca Frezza and Big Truck onto the national scene. They performed a live concert for broadcast on XM Satellite Radio, and Rebecca's songs are now played regularly on XM Kids. (One song, "I Know I'm Gonna Drive A Car," was on the XM Kids "13 under 13" countdown for over three months.) Four of Rebecca's songs were made into music videos (featuring Rebecca) on Banyan Entertainment's children's travel DVD 'Are We There Yet?' The good news about Rebecca Frezza has continued to spread nationwide through her music videos, airing regularly on NOGGIN'S 'Jack's Big Music Show' and 'Move To the Music.'
Rebecca Frezza's third CD 'Tall And Small,' was released in July 2006. Like the others, it received numerous awards including the prestigious NAPPA Gold Award and was featured on both XM and Sirius Satellite Radio where Rebecca remained in the top ten kid's artists for months. During the same summer, Rebecca was hired to write eight songs for PBS Kids which she produced with her long time production partner Chris Putnam. The songs were used in music videos, starring Rebecca and some of the members of the band, which aired in the mornings during the programming block which featured, among other shows, Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog.
As recognition grew, so did the opportunities to perform. Rebecca and the band have been touring all over the country. In addition to their shows in the NY tri-State area, recent stops have included Dallas, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Chicago and Minneapolis.
Now, with the release of the new album, Special Kind of Day, Rebecca and the band look forward to spreading their music even farther.
"It's been a wild ride so far. I can't wait to see where it takes us next!!"
Rebecca Frezza's recordings take top honors!
Tall and Small
- 2006 Nappa Gold Award
- 2006 Children's Music Web Award
- 2006 iParenting Media Award
- 2006 Booklist Best Children's Audio Release
- 2006 Parent's Choice Recommended Award
- 2004 iParenting Media Award
- 2004 Parents' Choice Recommended Award
- 2004 Children's Music Web Award
Music in My Heart
- Two 2002 Children's Music Web Awards
- 2002 Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award
- 2002 Dr. Toy Award