She’s ready to blossom

Search Becca June’s name on imdb.com and you’ll see listings of her work as an actress and composer.

June, a 19-year-old blonde-haired beauty who seems wise beyond her years, has appeared in a number of theatrical productions in Alamance County and a handful of independent films, but her ultimate dream is to become a country music singer.

A little more than year ago, June was in Wilmington being interviewed in conjunction with the horror film “a Few Brains More” when something happened that could only be described as “being in the right place at the right time.”

Guy Walker, platinum award-winning artist, was mentioned as a possible contact to help June record her debut CD.

Arrangements were made and June planned to travel to Florida last fall, where Walker lives, to work on tracks when John Otero and his daughter, Sabrina, asked her to help out with “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” a fundraiser for tornado victims in North Carolina following last spring’s devastating storms.

“I couldn’t pass it up,” June said. “it hit so close to home; I had friends affected by the tornadoes. So I ended up putting it off. And we raised just over $2,300, which is great for a one-weekend-only performance.”

Following “Dr. Horrible,” June began work on her debut album, “you Smile.” Becca and her mother, Becki, would travel to Florida and Walker, who has worked with the likes of the Backstreet Boys and whose songwriting has appeared on movie soundtracks for “Mission To Mars” and “Jerry Maguire,” has also traveled to Burlington to write and record songs.

An album debut concert, featuring Guy Walker with area actor/radio personality Joe Don Baker as host, will be at 8 p.m. Friday at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. the band includes Guy Walker on lead guitar and back-up vocals; Kevin Teachey on bass guitar; Jessika Brust on fiddle and back-up vocals; Marley Dove on back-up vocals and Dee Simmons on pedal steel guitar. Singer/songwriter Fredd Reyes also will perform. Admission is $10 reserved, or $12 at the door and CDs will be sold for $15 or two for $25.

June was born in Pittsburgh, but the family moved to Fayetteville when she was 3. She credits her Native American ancestry with an interest in the arts. As a girl, June made crafts and participated in pow-wows as a Native American Jingle dress dancer.

She was introduced to music at an early age, by Pura Fé, a Native American singer-songwriter that June described as “a phenomenal artist.”

“I was over at her house one day and she put a dobro in my lap and handed me a slide. I was 6 or 7 at the time. my mother said Pura Fé looked at her and said ‘yeah, you should get her a guitar.’ ”

It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that June utilized resources online, taught herself how to play guitar and started writing songs.

She’s now trying to pick up the dobro, piano, harmonica and Native American flute.

Following the Paramount Theater show, June said she and Walker will do a few mini tours, followed by concerts throughout North Carolina. on March 10, filming was completed on her first music video for the song “Long Gone.” it was filmed at the College Street Tap House in Elon and area performer Michael Williams served as director.

“various Burlington talent is featured,” June said of the video.

June and her family relocated to Burlington four years ago and at the time, she didn’t realize there was such a rich arts community. but within the last three years, she’s been involved in theatrical productions and had the chance to perform alongside R&B and Blues legend Bobby Hinton at Jazebel’s in Burlington. Dan Doby, owner of the restaurant, followed Becca June on Facebook and gave her a job singing there.

In 2009, she performed in a competition in Las Vegas, where she met this year’s “American Idol” contestant David Leathers Jr., of Fayetteville, whom she rooted for to make it on the show.

Although he didn’t make it as a finalist in the talent competition, June said “I know big things are ahead for him; he’s such a phenomenal talent.”

Last year, she was nominated for Country Female Artist of the Year in the Carolina Music Awards, but didn’t know it until a friend stumbled upon the website.

She’s also performed for birthday parties and other events and currently teaches songwriting classes at Center Stage on Main in Gibsonville.

“I absolutely adore teaching. I didn’t realize how much I’ve learned until I started teaching. I really love it,” she said.

June has gained hands-on experience by writing songs about issues close to her, working with musicians she’s admired and now, recording her first CD. her sister, Elizabeth K., designed the album cover.

“having my own album is so profound,” she said. “It’s been an incredible experience so far and I hope there’s more to come.”

Tickets to Friday’s CD release party can be purchased at the box office between noon and 3 p.m. today through Saturday and credit card reservations can be made at (336) 222-TIXS.

She’s ready to blossom


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