Primary Instrument: Vocal
Rebecca Jenkins, one of Canada’s most beloved and accomplished actresses, returns to her jazz roots with the release of Blue Skies. Co-produced by Jenkins with Joel Bakan (writer of The Corporation book and film) Jenkins lends her pure and soulful voice, and her original phrasing and interpretations, to some of the most celebrated standards in jazz music including such unforgettable tracks as Moon River, God Bless the Child and the enchanting title track Blue Skies.
Jenkins burst onto the Canadian film scene with her best actress Genie Award-winning performance as a 1940s jazz singer in Anne Wheeler's Bye Bye Blues. Her soulful and charismatic singing and acting in that film launched a career that has included numerous critically-acclaimed and award-winning roles in Canadian and American film and television. She has starred in CBC television’s Black Harbour series, alongside Oscar winners Tim Robbins (Bob Roberts) and Kevin Spacey (Darrow), and in, among other things, CBS's And Never Let Her Go, Guilty Hearts, Catch A Falling Star; Disney's Angels in the Infield; ABC's The Ruby Silver and “10.5”; and NBC's Bad Prospects, Till Death Do Us Part, and “Harvest for the Heart.
As a singer, Jenkins toured and recorded as back-up vocalist with the Parachute Club and Jane Siberry. Over the years she has performed original and other material, including the jazz repertoire, in front of symphony orchestras, on radio shows (among other things, she co-hosted and performed songs on CBC Radio’s Quiet There’s a Lady On Stage, broadcast from the Glenn Gould theatre), at music festivals, on compilation albums (such as Bruce Cockburn’s Kick at the Darkness), at clubs and concert halls, and for film and television soundtracks.
Her original song Something’s Coming, which she performed on the soundtrack of feature film Wilby Wonderful, in which she also starred, was nominated for a Genie Award for best original song. She also co-wrote and performed, with Aaron Davis, the title track to “The Sunrise”, a television adaptation of a Margaret Atwood short story, in which she starred and was nominated for a Gemini Award.
‘05, Kevin Breit, Burnt Bulb on Broadway
‘95, Christmas Wishes IV, Various Artists
‘95, Kumbaya, Various Artists
‘93, Count Your Blessings, Various Artists
‘93, Seven Nite Club, Various Artists
‘91, Kick at the Darkness, Various Artists
‘89, Bye Bye Blues, Soundtrack
‘89, Legacy, Various Artists
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