Fargo native Becca Kotte in the spotlight with Rod Stewart
The Fargo native credits early exposure to the arts for
her career as a singer
Becca Kotte has been singing with Rod Stewart for five years. Contributed /
course, the shows came to an end in March 2020 when the coronavirus shut down live performances. And not just bigger shows like Stewart’s, but smaller ones that Kotte would pick up on the side — even
wedding celebrations she was booked to perform in went away.
“Even the side gig to the side gig was canceled,” she says. “Having that taken away was terrifying.”
the summer of 2020, she realized things weren’t opening up, so the 2005 Fargo South High School graduate came back home and set up camp at her family lake place. In 2020, Kotte was also invited to
audition for "The Voice."
Things were better this year. Some jobs picked up and Kotte returned to the area again in the summer to teach at Trollwood Performing Arts School.
October, she was right behind Stewart when he returned to the stage in Reno, followed by a three-week run in Las Vegas. The following month the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer released his 32nd studio
album, “The Tears of Hercules,” and Kotte and crew did a promotional tour of television shows.
“It was a
busy couple of months,” she says. “Emotions were flying. It was a roller coaster of emotions. Getting back onstage is electrifying. There’s no replacement for live music and theater. It was
While the COVID shutdown was financially hard on Kotte, it was a different strain on Stewart.
hard for him,” she says. “That man has so much energy and creativity pulsing through his veins. He started at such a young age, he really doesn’t know anything else. He has more energy than I do.
It’s inspiring to see him still want to be creative. He could totally phone it in, take the paycheck and run, but he doesn’t. He continues to change the show up.”
for someone who will turn 77 on Jan. 10, he doesn’t show signs of slowing down.
“He’s great. He has a new knee. A new ankle. He’s ready to go,” she says.
Kotte gets a chance to show what she can do onstage when they duet on “It Takes Two,” a song Stewart and Tina Turner had a hit with in 1990. Still, she loves singing backup on his
classic tunes. Singing “Every Picture Tells a Story” at the Santa Barbara Bowl was a highlight, as was “I’m Losing You” and The Faces’ “Ooh La La,” a song she sang in the car with her father growing
Still, her favourite moment is often when she’s not onstage. The background singers aren’t needed for “Maggie May” so she often stands side stage and watches the show, listening to
the crowd sing along.
arguably one of the greatest songs of all time and I get to sit back and watch and listen and take it in. That’s when it’s real,” she says. “I sometimes forget who he is. He’s a rock
what does partying like a rock star mean when you’re in your mid-70s?
“It’s an ice cold bottle of chardonnay,” she says with a laugh. “We keep it pretty tame on the road, but we have fun.”
She knows she’s been fortunate
to make a living as an artist for over a decade.
do realize I’m very lucky. That’s the dream, isn’t it? Being a musician as a full-time job is a blessing,” she says.
She’ll soon be expanding her workload, offering online vocal lessons to students, inspired by the arts education she received growing up.
“I’m so proud to be from Fargo. It’s the city that gave me the foundation to do what I’m doing,” she says. “We were exposed to the arts at such a young age, it was normal for us to
go off and keep doing it. Everyone I know who went on to work in the arts is still doing it. We have that Midwestern work ethic and I think we’re nice and people want to work with nice people. Fargo
is a cool little community.”