Raised in a northwest prairie, then suburb, and longtime resident of Chicago, Rebecca F. straddles the groove between city and country.  Her bands Night Jogger (rock), Rebecca F. & The Memes (country), and Ghost Rat (protopunk) showcase some of Chicago’s best talent including Hoyle Brother guitarist and pedal steel legend Brian Wilkie; bassists Mitch Straeffer, Chris Clemente, and Matt Ferguson; violinist Colin McGeehan; trumpet and harmonica player S. Bill Jordan; drummers Billy Rhythm, David SimsBill Hartwig and Tom Jasek; and artist, singer and collaborator Tom Billings.


Rebecca F.’s roots in the Chicago live music scene go back to 1998, when she stalked bustling venues to share her songs at ubiquitous open mics.  In 2000 her original songs caught the ear of R&B legend R. Kelly at the now-razed Chicago Trax Recording Studio, resulting in a development deal with the Grammy winner's Rockland Records until 2002.


After completing a Master’s in English Literature, Rebecca F. wrote, recorded, and produced the EP “It’s All About You” (2006), which resulted in a copyright infringement lawsuit against Lady Gaga (2011).  Her autumn 2014 essay, “Why You Should Care That Lady Gaga’s Suing Me for $1.4 Million” touched a nerve among songwriters, musicians, and world citizens fed up with the global corporate monopoly on culture.

Francescatti's musical collaborations over the years have included a weekly residency at California Clipper with Chicago guitar legend and luthier Rockin’ Billy (2012); the eponymous Polar Vortex (2014) co-written with Strobe Recording Studio owner and musician Jamie Wagner; a three-year weekly residency at Wicker Park’s oldest musical dive bar Phyllis’ Musical Inn (2012–2015) named The Wilkie Sessions; and the experimental band Ghost Rat (2015–2017) with celebrated local Chicago artist Tom Billings, violinist and Chicago Gallery of Haitian Art (CHIGOHA) gallerist Colin McGeehan, and drummer Billy "Rhythm" Scallon; and continued songwriting and collaboration.  

Perennially fascinated with “memes” – The Selfish Gene’s (1976) Richard Dawkins’ term for ideas spread person-to-person throughout a culture  – Rebecca F. features a web of Chicago talent on her 2015 old-school classic country album "The Kitchen" including pedal steel master Brian Wilkie (The Hoyle Brothers) and drummer Joe Adamik (Iron & Wine).  “The Kitchen” was released in January 2015 at Schubas and was featured on WGN 720 and Fearless Radio.  Rebecca F.'s in-production rock album "Codependence" features drummer Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), who lends his gifts to the groove.  Her first music video, "Underground," was released March 2014, cementing her position as an independent industry outsider.    

Along with songwriting and running bands, she works or has worked in publishing, education, mental health, and bartending. 

Rebecca's also an artist, check out her work at the Chicago Gallery of Haitian Art (CHIGOHA)

Portrait of Rebecca F. by Tom Bilings

  © Rebecca F. 2017