Mardi Gras makes up the very Fabric of the Culture of the Big Easy and the Gulf Coast. But it is the DNA of Southern People who create Mardi Gras! No one typifies that more than New Orleans entertaining starlet, Faith Becnel. Whether on stage or in the studio, her voice is the music of Celebration. To fans and friends, her pure expression bursts right from her. Faith creates a natural excitement, as any of the great vocalists —when you sing from the heart. We experience her God-given exuberance right along with her every time she performs because Faith gives everything every time she performs. For a young person, this unassuming Best Bank Ingenue, there is never a selfish motive. Faith melds with you to involve you, to make you part of the revelry she portrays so vividly in her music.
That’s how I felt when I recorded Faith singing my original tune “The Second Line Shake” —that she was giving everything in her heart to me and making me part of the song. To her fans… family… friends —those who want to feel that groove, you are drawn to her kindness as a bee to a lovely flower. You feel as if she is singing just for you.
“Second Line Shake” gets people groovin’ at Carnival Time —and all year long. And, Faith captures the true feeling of Mardi Gras with the purity of her soulful vocals.
Her rhythmic rap is to live for….
“The Second Line Shake” is rich with New Orleans tradition. It’s like you are actually in an exciting New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade: the Front Line is all the Floats with the Royalty and Krewe Members… then comes the Horsemen, Motorcycles and those great marching bands. However, the people who follow the parade, especially the flambeaux carriers who light the streets and dance with their torches are the SecondLine and that’s where the partying goes down.
Faith’s voice seems to seep onto your psyche and her dancing moves she inherited from the Rhythm of Old Man River. If anyone loves singing and being on stage more than Faith, I’d like to meet them. And, when Miss Becnel performs on stage her dance moves capture the actual Second Line Shake Dance that she created when she performs LIVE.
This production took years and a costly venture. I only used the finest artists: on Bass, Ralph Bowers; on Drums, the late Harry Ravain; the clever keys are Rob Davis of Uptown Audio (He’s also my Gulf Coast Keyboardist on-tour); the Tenor-Sax-to-Die For is the Legendary Jerry Jumonville (formerly Rod Stewart’s Studio Saxophonist) and the Synth Programmer and Producer is my Musical Director, Edward Loftus.
From the first beat… You’re there now… in The Big Easy. If you love to dance or not you will start to feel that beat. I can hear the crowd… you do, too, “Hey, Mister, throw me something.” Welcome to the Mardi Gras and Faith Becnel’s first hit song. —Vince Vance