Becca Mancari’s debut album Good Woman came out three years ago, but her latest release, The Greatest Part, is practically another introduction to Mancari’s career. The artist has departed from the Americana-tinged sound of her debut and has begun to dip into indie rock.

The album is co-produced by Zac Farro, who also is the drummer in the pop band Paramore. He helped Mancari shift her sonics and style, to ultimately discover a novel life path. Farro approached the songs as a drummer, which switched the speeds of her songs and changed the landscaping of Mancari’s music.

 “There’s this deep country Americana sound [in Nashville], but it’s really not who I am or what I grew up on,” Mancari said. “So, I just really think I came back to myself on this record.”

Not only did Mancari want to consider her true self in this album, but also her audience. With Good Woman, she stood out in the Americana genre with her Puerto Rican roots. However, she feels she did not truly connect with the typical audience of the genre, or those who normally dominate the field.

“I hope that I am reaching the youth, I hope that I am reaching women of color, this is my hope because that’s who I am,” Mancari said. “I want my audience to reflect that.”

 Like most artists, Mancari was scared to release an album at this time. Along with the complexities of Covid, she did not want to distract from the Black Lives Matter movement. The release date was pushed back a few times, but fortunately, she ultimately chose to release The Greatest Part.She chose to use her platform to elevate people of color, and their voices, and give music to a revolution.

By Madison McNamee