For the past four years, Atlanta-raised, Austin-based independent folk/pop singer-songwriter Rebecca Loebe (pronounced LOW-BEE) has been grinding it out on the road fulltime, averaging 200 shows per year.

For a few years, home was on the road. “Whether or not I have an apartment is irrelevant, because even if I have one I never see it. Eventually, paying rent for a room to keep my stuff in starts to seem like a waste of money, when I’m on the road fighting for every dollar.”

Long hours in the car served as inspiration for many of the songs on Loebe’s latest release Circus Heart, an album that mixes jubilant pop with intimate folk. She was literally and figuratively behind the wheel driving her career when a casting director emailed her about a new reality singing competition. It would become NBC’s hit reality program The Voice.

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