Jacq Becker is a talented singer and songwriter, known as Mama B, who is releasing a new album for kids. Jacq is half of the Los Angeles based duo Mama B & Uncle T, whose debut release ‘Zoology’ is coming out October 22.
Jacq and Travis Warner (Uncle T) are long-time friends and collaborators who, after becoming a mom and uncle, were inspired to create a fresh musical soundscape for their newest family members. The album features seven fun tracks that Mama B was pleased to discuss via an exclusive interview.
Meagan Meehan (MM): How did you get interested in music and songwriting and did you always gravitate towards the children’s genre?
Jacq Becker (JB): When I was younger my mom was in a rock and roll cover band and I grew up getting to go to her rehearsals and listening to her rehearsal tapes in the car. I started writing songs in college and soon after formed a band in LA where we would perform our original songs wherever we could. It was only after becoming a mom that I realized I wanted to make an impact in the children’s genre. I noticed my son’s development milestones and wanted to put it all to song in a way that would connect him to melody and movement. I couldn’t find the exact music I wanted to play for him so set off on a journey to create my own children’s album that my son and hopefully other families will enjoy for years to come!
MM: How did you break into the industry and how would you describe your style?
JB: I was songwriting / performing for many years before I made the leap to the next phase in my career when I signed with Grammy-award winning producer, Redone. During this period in my career, I lived and breathed songwriting and was able to work with some of my producer and songwriter idols. I would describe my style as modern pop.
MM: How did you start collaborating with Travis aka Uncle T?
JB: Travis is an incredibly talented singer, writer, and producer who I had worked with for many years before venturing into this ‘Zoology’ project together. Both of his parents are educators – his mother started an art-centric preschool in his backyard when he was born, giving him some unique insight into children’s music. Was one of the most memorable creative experiences working on this project together!
MM: How long did it take you to complete this recent album?
JB: Travis, Connor (our cowrite), and I started sending ideas back and forth months before we thought an album would come of it. As the ideas progressed the ideas were just too fun to sit on our phones forever so after some months we decided to venture into creating a children’s album with a modern twist. We wrote and recorded the album in about 6-9 months or so.
MM: Out of all seven songs on the album, do you have any personal favorites? If so, which ones and why?
JB: Pink Polka Dot Flamingo is my personal favorite as I love the sentiment of ‘self-love’ that the song converys. A Pink Polka Dot Flamingo dances and sings about loving her colorful spots and standing out!
MM: What are you thinking music-video-wise for these songs?
JB: Each song has a corresponding music video or lyric video that we are releasing as each single gets released.
MM: What’s the best fan feedback you’ve gotten about your music?
JB: I love receiving notes from parents who are excited to play music on repeat they also enjoy listening to! Our goal was to create music for families to enjoy together.
MM: How would you describe your live performances?
JB: We are excited to perform in the future!
MM: How do you hope your career evolves over the next five years?
JB: I hope our first album is one of many ‘Zoology’ editions to come and our music becomes staples in every new parent’s household!
MM: What are your ultimate goals for the future and is there anything else that you would like to mention?
JB: Hope to evolve as a children’s artist and create memorable music that lives on for generations!
To learn more, see here: mamabunclet.com
Meet Mama B & Uncle T– intro video
Hippopotamus Official Music Video
Gigglin Gorillas Lyric video