CREDITS, TESTIMONIALS & REVIEWS

REHYA'S SONGS AND VOCALS ARE FEATURED IN THE FOLLOWING FILMS, TV SHOWS AND ADS

 

TESTIMONIALS

 

Randy Spendlove | President Of Music @ Paramount Pictures

"I had the privilege of working with Rehya on “Footloose 2” and “Maggie Lynn.” Through these projects, Rehya demonstrated her extraordinary work ethic and full commitment to excellence in film scoring/songwriting. I am proud to call her my friend and colleague. Our industry is at a higher standard because of people like Rehya’s dedication to excellence.” 


Marylata Elton | Music Supervisor: Shrek, Chicken Run, The Prince Of Egypt, Antz

 "An exceptional writer."


JMA Radio Promo

"Rehya’s songs fill the void of intelligent pop that can fit radio and film/TV. Her vocals are engaging and she is an innovative self-starter, which is so necessary in today’s music world. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious.”


Eric Steigen CEO & Founder Of USA Media Rights 

”Rehya Stevens is a great talent not only as a performer but also as a songwriter. She’s written great songs in various styles and is someone I turn to on a regular basis when I need songs in specific genres for either artist covers on film/song placements.” 


 

REVIEWS

 

 

I love how the most wonderful time of the year can expose me to artists I might not have otherwise heard about. Back in the day, I might have seen a Rehya Stevens CD on the record shelves and given it a chance; nowadays, an artist has to shine through a whole streaming empire of acts to stand out - and on her new Christmas album, 'Tis The Season, Ms Stevens has done just that. There are 8 original songs that showcase her canny insight into a spectrum of human emotions that seem to be just that bit more pronounced as the holiday season rolls around. Alongside these shimmering new creations are 3 classic songs that have new energy breathed into them thanks to Rehya's gorgeous soulful pop vocal. What sparkles most brightly is her clear love of the festive period and it is a sentiment that is contagious. Dive in, luxuriate in the jubilant warmth of her music, then go tell everyone you've ever met about her... 

The album opens with the title track, 'Tis The Season, a song so full of merry and bright that Disney couldn't wait to put it in their Noelle movie. The excitement and anticipation of Christmas is ably conveyed by Rehya, with a joyful vocal, fa-la-la backing singers and enough chimes & bells to power Santa's sleigh. Wonderland of Winter continues the happy factor, albeit in a different musical setting. Vivid, descriptive lyrics paint a picture of snowy landscapes and beautifully decorated rooms; meanwhile, a lullaby melody and children's choir makes this feel as magical as the first snowflake. Utterly charming. The Old Red Sleigh has a cheeky, playful country music vibe to it with some lush barber shop quartet style accompaniment that makes this giddy and gleeful. I love how Rehya finds new, exciting ways to tell stories as old as time. The piano in the middle 8 makes this feel cosy and intimate as being tucked up in bed on Christmas Eve. 

Marry Me For Christmas is a simmering, romantic mid-tempo ballad that is (as you might have guessed) full of heart felt longing. According to my favourite Christmas film (Love, Actually) it is the time of year when you put your feelings out there so this is the musical representation of that, done with mellifluous grace. Christmas In My Heart slows down a notch for the type of elegant ballad that, far more eloquently than I can ever manage, explains why the holiday is so important and beloved by people. As mesmerising as that flickering candle, it seems to stop time and half the crazy of the world outside, if just for a minute. Christmas Is Coming Soon feels like a long lost classical piece of music that has traversed the passages of time until Rehya was ready to bring it to the masses. It is instantly timeless, effortlessly catchy and so delightful I had to check it hadn't been in my collection for a decade. Something delicious and to die for indeed. 

Surely the refrain of every kid on Christmas Eve - Santa Won't You Hurry is a kick up your heels, click your fingers and grab the one you love pop bop that us Brits love to send up the charts at this time of year. The ear-worm chorus will have you smiling way into the new year. The campaign to have this be the British Christmas number one starts here. Please Come Home is a big, bluesy ballad that Darlene Love would be proud to sing - and Rehya's impassioned vocal is equally as expressive and nuanced. She brings the story of heartbreak and healing to life with such insight that it is every seasonal argument and every seasonal reconciliation wish come to life. The first of the three cover versions is Santa Baby, a song I would shudder at growing up (mainly because my mum would sing it to my dad) but I'm a big boy now and this version is whimsical, seductive girl group magic that takes you back to the halcyon days of pop music. 

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town is an absolute hootenanny of a song, a festive party fiesta that will have you jingle bell rocking along while you throw garlands of tinsel on the tree and pass the egg nog libations to your adult guests. The sassy horn section is a welcome, brassy addition (as are Rehya's ad libs towards the end of the song. Gives it a gorgeous, convivial vibe).  The album then comes to a close with the splendid majesty of  All Through The Night/The Holly And The Ivy. It is a quiet, reflective and reverent finale that blends two peaceful songs into one soothing carol. If 'Tis The Season in its entirety represents the full on experience of Christmas, this last number is the moment you need to contemplate the real meaning behind the big day. And even if you aren't religious, there is something to be said about wanting peace on earth and good will to all men. Now can we have a stage musical based on these songs for 2022 please?!

 

-Myfizzypop

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Rehya Stevens Rekindles The Christmas Spirit With ‘Tis The Season, An Album That 

Offers New Reasons to Celebrate the Season

 

T he holidays have always been a time for celebration, camaraderie and tapping into traditions that go back generations, many of which reside at the very core of our familial values. However with the turbulence and turmoil of late, the sentiments of the holiday season are needed more than ever. It’s especially important then, that the music that accompanies this season rekindle and reinforce the bonds of brotherhood and fellowship that are the signature of this particular time of year. 

 

Rehya Stevens understands the power of setting a festive musical table that invites one and all, with a great-big warm welcome. Her latest album, ’Tis the Season, is an irresistibly fun, upbeat, effusive set of songs that rekindles the spirit of Christmas that we may have forgotten along the way; that magical shift that softens our hearts, and inspires us to put aside our troubles and rejoice in good tidings and abundance for all.

 

“We’ve all become well acquainted with our inner curmudgeon over these past few years,” she insists. “We’ve been wounded and divided in so many ways. I was compelled to make a fun, musically lush Christmas album that might push the ‘reset’ button and remind us of the common goals we share. We all want to be loved. We all want to be safe. We all want more joy and beauty in our lives.”

 

With eight originals and three covers, Stevens welcomes a stellar cast of collaborators on this all-new holiday collection. At the helm is Grammy-nominated producer and co-writer Tom Keane (Chaka Khan, Chicago, Barbara Streisand, Nathan East, Matt Keane). Long-time collaborator Jon Kubis (Quincy Jones, Dolly Parton, “Dancing with the Stars,” “Showtime at the Apollo”) co-wrote the title track and produced a handful of songs, while Gardner Cole (Madonna, Amy Grant) and Michael Ripoll (Stevie Wonder, Tommy Simms, Josh Groban) provide cameo arrangements on two of the eleven tracks.

 

’Tis the Season is available on all digital platforms, courtesy of Rehya Music Records.

 

As a follow-up to her critically acclaimed, all-original 2018 holiday album, Celebrate, ’Tis the Season offers another set of soon-to-be Christmas classics along with three holiday standards; “Santa Baby,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and a medley of “All Through the Night/The Holly & The Ivy.” Throughout, Stevens provides a comforting musical experience, wrapping each song with reverent care. 

 

With lush arrangements and soulful, sensitive vocals, Stevens turns songs like “Marry Me for Christmas,” “Christmas Is Coming Soon,”“Wonderland of Winter,” and the vintage-sounding stand-out “Santa, Won’t You Hurry” into veritable gems that are made to last.

 

‘Marry Me for Christmas’  was the most effortless song for her to write, so it’s not surprising that it’s her favorite song on the album. “I pictured a couple falling in love during Christmas time in New York City. Being a frugal maximizer of the situation, the girl is looking around saying, “Hey! The whole world is already decorated, our friends and family have put their hustle on hold so we don’t need to worry about anyone taking time off - and I’m crazy about you. Let’s do this!” Musically, it has a nostalgic Brill Building vibe, but with a modern twist; the girl pops the question.” 

 

 “Christmas Is Coming Soon” is a song about the never ending to-do list running through every woman’s mind at Christmas time. “It’s one thing to be on a creative mission,” she reflects, “But it’s another to feel the tyrannical, self-imposed pressure to achieve holiday perfection. Things are never messier or more exhausting than when we’re striving for perfection.”

 

Stevens spares no enthusiasm when speaking about ‘Wonderland of Winter.’ “To me, this song feels like one long curly ribbon, unwinding through elegant, nuanced winter scenes. The month of December is the darkest stretch of the year, yet we create so much light and levity when we participate in the unfolding of the holiday season. I love the simple moments -- like, a quiet evening reading a book by the tree. Or, hanging mistletoe in the spare bedroom for the newlyweds in the family who are coming to visit for a stretch. Strolling the neighborhood with a good friend, coffees-in-hand, enjoying the Christmas lights for the hundredth time. I think the overarching message of the season is that our fully engaged presence transforms our inner and our landscape in such breathtaking ways. We become like the cardinal - bright and lovely, singing a song in the snow.”

 

Featuring Amy Keys (Phil Collins, Ringo Star, Johnny Hallyday) on background vocals and George Shelby on Sax (Brian Setzer, Tom Scott, Phil Collins) “Santa, Won’t You Hurry” provides a voice for anyone who has been love-sick during the holiday season. “It’s such a restless feeling. Not even the highest octane, confetti champagne celebration can take the place of being with the one you love at Christmas time,” says Stevens. “It feels pretty dreary to spend the holidays in longing. What I love about this song is that it captures that raw emotional state in a fun, ‘I’m so dedicated to you’ way. It’s not sad - it’s a blast!”

 

No stranger to musical success, Rehya’s previous holiday album Celebrate, garnered a number of accolades, including nine film/tv and ad placements (combined) in Noelle (Disney+), The War with Grandpa (theatrical release), Black Christmas (theatrical release), Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen (Hallmark), All Rise (CBS), The 12 Dates of Christmas (HBO MAX), Victoria’s Secret and more

 

Hollywood Music in Media awarded her stand-out track ‘Jingle Jangle’ ‘Best in Holiday’ in 2019, and her smooth jazz single ‘Happy Holiday’ reached #2 on the Billboard charts in 2018.

With such coveted street cred, it’s no surprise that critics kindly favoured the album. 

 

Aaron Henton of Merry and Bright called it “a great soundtrack for a Christmas season evening at home,” an album that “shows her talent as a complete musician.” Another pundit noted, “this is perfect tree-trimming music… Beautifully produced, perfectly melodic and deeply satisfying.” 

 

Critic Jeff Westover summed up his review saying, “Rehya has jumped into the deep end of the Christmas pool… the album is warm, bold and festive… From sacred to secular, from joyous to reflective —  it is all there.”

 

Martin Johns of Stubby’s House of Christmas stated, “Rehya writes and sings like Rehya, ultimately, and borrowing a dash of Bing and a sprinkle of Brenda just adds a little spice to the Christmas cookie without changing its own unique flavor… the perfect marriage of words and music, of song and arrangement, of artist and song... that's just so... facile.”  

 

Marylata Eton, music supervisor for “Shrek,” “Antz” and “The Prince of Egypt” calls Stevens “An exceptional writer,” while Randy Spendlove, CEO of Paramount Pictures declared “Our industry is at a higher standard because of Rehya’s dedication to excellence.”

 

Born in Pasadena, California, Rehya was raised in a musical household that was buzzing with professional musicians from immediate and extended family and friends. She started piano lessons at age eight, and after soaking up the songwriting influences from the American songbook, and her musical idols; Michael Jackson, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Anita Baker, Prince, Madonna, Amy Grant, Annie Lennox, Stevie Wonder, Sade and Karen Carpenter, she recorded her first record, the eponymous Rehya Stevens EP at the age of 21.

 

Eventually, she accumulated an original catalog of over 250 songs, which she distilled down to a baker’s dozen for her debut album, tellingly titled, Vintage Love in 2013. Celebrate, a collection of all-original Christmas songs followed, as well as a pair of singles, “Abracadabra” - the proceeds of which were donated to the Make a Wish Foundation — and the holiday single “‘Tis the Season,” which preceded her new album of the same name. Taken in tandem, they allowed Rehya to build an impressive resume, one that now culminates with her latest effort.

 

That said, Rehya made ’Tis the Season with a specific purpose in mind.

 

“There’s a mystical pull to Christmas time, and I think it’s because, intrinsically, we know that real peace is always found in the moment,” she notes. “Music is so magical, because it’s the one medium that decorates time. From that perspective, I hope this album brings the listener into the present moment, painting memories to be even more vivid in retrospect, and I really hope it puts a big, fat smile on the face of the biggest, most cynical curmudgeon in all of us. Let’s share what we have, enjoy our differences, forgive, and celebrate our time together.”

 

-Lee Zimmerman


 

"Versatile singer-songwriter Rehya Stevens makes her deepest emotional impact to date with her new album "Celebrate." Featuring #1 billboard Smooth Jazz artists Jessy J. and Chris Standring, this collection of all - original songs pays homage to the inkwell of timeless Christmas classics by Nat King Cole, Donny Hathaway, Frank Sinatra, Brenda Lee and The Carpenters. With infectious melodies and eloquent lyrics, "Celebrate" is an ultra-passionate collection of classic folky pop, old-school jazz - and fiery swinging' blues - with a vibrant, contemporary - yet nostalgic perspective."

-SmoothJazz.com

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"The strategy many emerging artists tend to take with Christmas music is to just Bing it up and release a sing of White Christmas.

It’s safe, it showcases their talent and it is known.

It’s also boring.

Rehya Stevens is not one to take the path of least resistance.

In her new album Celebrate Rehya has jumped into the deep end of the Christmas pool with songs that are all original. The album is warm, bold and festive. 

The entire album is well orchestrated, simple and directly Christmas — a great listen on a snowy December evening by the tree.

Rehya’s Christmas album touches all the bases. From sacred to secular, from joyous to reflective — it is all there."

-Jeff Westover

www.mymerrychrismas.com

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"Celebrate" closes with another of my favorites--"Snowfall".  To me, "Snowfall" is the perfect marriage of words and music, of song and arrangement, of artist and song.  A facile description would be of a mid-tempo early 70s Soft Rock tune.  But that's just so...facile.  The lyrics of "Snowfall", in keeping with the theme that runs throughout "Celebrate", speak to coming home in a way that I think is so relatable to anyone.  You spend your early years in a hurry to grow up and move on to a life that's bigger and better.  Then you spend the rest of your life trying to get back to what you didn't realize you had (because you were in such a hurry to move on).  The house you grew up in--that seemed so big when you were so little--suddenly seems tiny, but in a wonderful way.  Little things which you barely noticed or took for granted--like the old windows that let in a bit of the winter chill--suddenly there's something wonderful and extraordinary about them.  And every sight and sound of the old home and neighborhood brings back memories so strong, they're as real as the smell of the turkey in the oven in the next room.  The lyrics are just utterly brilliant.  Ah, but the music to those lyrics and that arrangement.  Those lyrics could have been far less effective or, worse, wasted entirely, without the music (and, yes, Rehya Stevens does her own arrangements).  The strumming guitar that predominates assumes the feel of the falling snow while the steady beat so completely gives me the feel of being in the car, driving to Grandma's house (or wherever you went or go for your family gatherings).  And Rehya's vocals are just perfect for this song; so understated and yet every last bit of emotion is in there.  Hey, maybe it's just me, but all together like that?  It was a virtual reality experience.  One of my Grandmothers has been gone for 30 years, the other for 20, and both of my parents have passed.  I have brothers but it's been ages since we gathered for a holiday.  But "Snowfall" brings it all back to me as if it were yesterday.  So thank you for that.


Taking a different musical approach on nine original Christmas songs, you might think it difficult for "Celebrate" to resonate as a cohesive album, but it does and it does so quite well.  This speaks to the intelligent ordering of the tracks.  Rehya moves gracefully from one style to another and not once do you feel anything but a smooth ride.  And as for having the feel of the classic Christmas albums?  Again, you might think that would be difficult to accomplish with such a variance of styles and sounds.  But it turns out that "Celebrate" is as warm and comfortable as your favorite blanket.  You feel perfectly comfortable just wrapping yourself up in "Celebrate" with Rehya's wonderful voice providing the flame for your mental fireplace.  Finally, you might wonder if an album of original Christmas songs that so harkens back to Christmas albums of old will stand on its own or just fade into the shuffle.  But, while the songs may borrow some of the trappings of earlier Christmas stylings, they're well enough written and performed to withstand the comparisons.  Rehya writes and sings like Rehya, ultimately, and borrowing a dash of Bing and a sprinkle of Brenda just adds a little spice to the Christmas cookie without changing its own unique flavor.  And the standout tracks really standout (for me, that's "Fly Past My Roof""Gloria", and "Snowfall", but I'm sure you'll settle on favorites of your own).

​Technically, "Celebrate" by Rehya Stevens was released October 19.  I've only just moved it there on our list (we've had it at October 2, which had to do with the Pledge Music campaign).  Autographed CDs (with download included) are available exclusively from the Rehya Stevens 
web store, while digital downloads should be available wherever digital downloads are sold.  If you're looking for something that feels familiar without feeling as played out as day old chewing gum, something new and fresh that delivers those old memories in emotional technicolor with spiritual surround sound, Rehya Stevens' "Celebrate" could be just the string of brightly colored lights your musical Christmas tree has been missing.
-Martin Johns

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Around our household the past couple of years, we've spent more and more time during the (extended) holiday season with our TV on the Hallmark channels, watching the never ending stream of Christmas movies.  Say what you want, but they have a snow-lined niche in Christmas season entertainment, and they know how to execute their formula.  For me, some are better than others, but by golly they are darned happy movies :-)  And I especially liked the one where Captain Kirk showed up and transported the star of the movie into the future.  Ok, it was William Shatner playing the mystical role, but it's more fun to think of him as Captain Kirk.

Why am I talking about Hallmark movies?  Well, because indie musician Rehya Stevens, with a brand new Christmas CD titled "Celebrate" out this year, has had two of her songs placed in multiple Hallmark Christmas movies.

Listening to "Celebrate," one can see why Rehya's songs were picked.  She has a gorgeously smooth, pure voice, she frequently sings of holiday love, and her music has that perfect Hallmark vibe.

"Celebrate" features nine original Christmas songs, a sparkling collection of soothing, seductive, seasonal tunes.  "Happy Holiday" kicks off the album, a jazzy, soulful yet bright song tying a bit of nostalgic Christmas imagery into a song of holiday love.  "Come In From The Cold" follows, and is very melodic and refreshing.  I hesitate to say "smooth jazz", but "Come In From The Cold" is a bit jazzy, a bit smooth, and altogether wonderful.

"Jingle Jangle" is an attention-getter.  More upbeat, it hearkens to "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", has a great little poppy beat, excellent lyrics, and is a wonderful vehicle for Rehya's vocals.

"Fly Past My Roof" is another ear-perker.  Leading off with a bluesy, kinda nasty (in a good way) horn section before sliding back into a slow-tempo first verse, it then drifts through a little evocative piano accompaniment before conceding to the awesome horn section once again.  It's like a little journey though the dark woods of Christmas blues, and it's terrific.  (If the metaphors don't make sense, please go have a dram of whiskey, then return to the blog - thank you!)


All in all, "Celebrate" is a great soundtrack for a Christmas season evening at home.  Rehya Stevens shows her talent as a complete musician throughout the album.  So, pause that Hallmark Christmas movie (it'll be on again, really) and listen to "Celebrate" with a nice glass of wine.  You'll have a great evening!

Now, as occasionally happens here in the Christmas music blogosphere, good friend Stubby also reviewed "Celebrate" over at his place.  Stubby did an ab fab review and provided a lot of information about Rehya Stevens, her background, and her career.  Rather than repeat all of that over here, I'll point you over to Stubby's for a terrific post about "Celebrate":  
Stubby's Review of Celebrate

One more thing before wrapping this up - Rehya's e-mail signature line contains a quite from Fred Rogers: "Deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex".  Anyone quoting Mister Rogers in their e-mail is all right by ol' Der Bingle :-)

Following is a list of the Hallmark movies that have included the songs listed below:

Hallmark Movies:
"The 12 Gifts Of Christmas," "A Prince For Christmas," "All I Want For Christmas," "Dear Secret Santa," "Christmas In Palm Springs," "Christmas Under Wraps," "A Perfect Christmas List" 

Featured Songs:
"When You're With Me"

-Der Bingle

www.merryandbright.com

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We get a lot of requests here from artists who would like us to give their Christmas song or album a boost. And while we do our best, we can't always keep up with demand.

We are thrilled, however, to tell you about Rehya Stevens, an LA-based artist with strong pop and jazz roots. Her holiday album 'Celebrate' dropped this past October, and it's an absolute winner. 'Celebrate' is packed with original music, from upbeat and catchy pop tunes ("Happy Holiday," "Jingle Jangle") to jazz throwbacks ("Fly Past My Roof," "Celebrate") to folk-rock and more. We know it's a cliche to say this, but there really is something for everyone - this is perfect tree-trimming music. And it's even more perfect for snuggling by the fire with someone you love.

She's released three singles - the lush, gorgeous "A Christmas song," the bouncy, Brenda Lee-inspired "Jingle Jangle," and our current favorite, "Fly Past My Roof," which boasts Nelson Riddle-like horn arrangements, clever lyrics and rhymes, and Stevens' smoky, intimate voice showing off a rather amazing range. 

'Celebrate' is an undeniably romantic album - playing it loud just might conjure the kind of snowstorm that keeps you and your loved one from having to work. It's also beautifully produced, perfectly melodic and deeply satisfying. We usually don't pick up on the current year's crop of holiday music until the following spring, but if Rehya Stevens' 'Celebrate' is a preview of what's to come, we'll be paying a lot more attention.

You can purchase 'Celebrate' (with three free tracks) and get a signed CD here: 
https://rehyastevens.com/music. Check out "Fly Past My Roof" - and click her name below the video for more.  


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elj-hmbrF7k 
 

-Matt

Facebook @ 200DaysofXmas

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A couple of years ago, I did a post about my favorite Christmas songs. So feel free to travel back to that one here. But it occurred to me that it was time to introduce – plus or minus a few classics – some new tunes. Somebody somewhere is always releasing a Christmas or holiday album. Sometimes the artist will surprise you. For sake of space, I’ll feature a handful in the post but put them all in the Spotify list. Be sure to give it a spin. 

First up, Rehya Stevens (pictured above). From her website: Rehya’s father introduced her onto the local professional Jazz scene when she was 11 years old.

Requirements included learning the American songbook and stylings of Etta James, Sarah Vaughn, Diane Schurr, Pearl Bailey, Dinah Washington, Shirley Horn, Natalie Cole and Diana Krall. Her father, Peter Martin played keyboards for artists including Diana Ross and the Supremes, Bobby Caldwell, Bill Medley.

Rehya’s got a nice new Christmas album of originals called Celebrate which she’s co-written with her collaborator, Jon Kubis. Kubis is currently keyboardist and arranger with Ray Chew Live, the house band on Dancing With The Stars and Showtime at the Apollo.

Let’s kick the holiday season off (a little early) with “Fly Past My Roof,” with a lush big band arrangement by Kubis. And yeah it swings, baby!

-Jim S.

www.musicenthusiast.net

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