Charleston singer-songwriter Becky Raisman’s affection for delightfully approachable music is clearly heard on her new album, This is My Moment. “I like to write catchy melodies that people can enjoy,” she told the City Paper. Released Dec. 24, the EP is the artist’s first larger project release.
“My songs are lesbian love songs, which I think people can relate to,” Raisman said when asked what inspired the EP. The tracks are an empathetic shout-out to many listeners who may not be used to hearing their romantic feelings represented. That’s not to say the songs are polarizing, however — Raisman aimed to create tunes that appeal to a variety of tastes: “I like pop, a little bit of rock, EDM — a little bit of everything.”
Raisman, a Chicago native, relocated to Charleston in 2018 after a vacation that persuaded every member of her family to make the trip down South. So far, Raisman is loving the local music scene and not having to deal with snow, but missing the deep-dish pizza.
This is My Moment is a three-song project that clocks in at just over 10 minutes — a quick, pleasant listen. The EP is most cleanly categorized as pop, but it contains influences of rock, country and electronic music as well.
Raisman began working on the songs in 2019, but not all at once, and as a result, the EP was recorded in multiple locations across multiple states during vacations with her brother. She recorded locally at Charleston Sound Studios, at Omni Sound Studios in Nashville, 4 U Studios in Memphis and Solar Sound Studios in Atlanta.
“I wrote it at different times. I just really write whatever comes to me,” Raisman said of the recording process. “I wasn’t planning on doing an EP until I was like oh, I have enough songs.”
In terms of a live act, Raisman is currently enrolled at the Bach to Rock program in Mount Pleasant, honing her keyboard skills. There she is able to participate in musical showcases. The artist can also be found at open mic nights around town.
Moving toward a new year, Raisman is looking forward to doing more of what she loves best: creating.
“I do plan on releasing more songs and probably another EP,” she said.