Besides her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, Rebecca Aadland holds a Bachelors Degree in Music, specializing in voice and music education. She has been playing guitar, performing and writing songs for over 40 years. She released her second album, Stronger Broken on June 13, 2022. Recorded and engineered by Dik Shopteau (Judd, Tina Turner, Todd Rundgren, Tex Pistols Band) and mastered by Greg Reierson (Prince, Jonny Lang, Jenny Lewis, The Suburbs), the album features an all-star band including drummer Greg Schutte (Ryan Bingham, Stephen Stills, Chastity Brown), guitarist Kurt Jorgensen (The Jorgensens), guitarist Lantz Dale (Jeremy Poland Band, IV Play), guitarist Boyd Lee (Tex Pistols, 2 Girls & a Boyd), keyboards/guitarist/composer Paul Winchester, cellist Jacqueline Ultan (Saltee, The Jayhawks, Ondara, Dan Wilson, Shabby Road Orchestra), and vocalist Elizabeth Ghandour (Elour). Rebecca’s youngest son Luke Schoper has been a creative force and plays keyboards on the album.
Born into a musical family in Absarokee, Montana, Rebecca was the seventh of ten children who all sang. Music was always a part of her life – from completing a music degree to teaching in public schools to playing in an 80’s cover band. Although she took a break from pursuing music professionally to raise a family and pursue work as a psychotherapist, music always continued to be central to her work, weaving musical performances into her teaching and public speaking engagements. It seems fitting that her late husband, Brian Tillotson, M.D., was the muse who brought her back to music and making this album.
Rebecca taught music and conducted high school choirs in Minnesota public schools for 14 years. Before that, she played in an 80s cover band. Rebecca’s focus has been to write and perform songs that matter. Her edgy lyrics seem to resonate with a variety of people and age groups. There is much in her songs for the broken-hearted, those seeking love again, those that dare to look closer at themselves and spiritual seekers that defy tradition. Rebecca Aadland’s 2007 debut album, Foreign Soul, includes the talents of eleven Minnesota musicians providing instrumentation on guitars, keyboard, cello, mandolin, harmonica, bass, percussion. Music from Rebecca’s new album, Stronger Broken, may be purchased on all major streaming sites. CDs are available on Amazon, CD Baby and more. To purchase Rebecca’s new album STRONGER BROKEN, digitally or on CD, go to: https://rebeccaaadland.bandcamp.com/releases
LISTEN TO REBECCA’S SONGS:
STUCK IN YESTERDAY
BY THE RIVER
TWIST IN THE PLOT
I’LL WALK WITH YOU
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MUSICAL PERFORMANCES INCLUDE:
TCF Rotunda Mall of America, Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minnesota State Fair, Minnehaha Park Bandshell, Midtown Global Market, Aster Cafe, 318 Cafe, Plums Bar & Grill, Dunn Brothers
Rebecca has performed her original songs with her guitar at many venues in the Twin Cities. Watch for her full band album release shows later this year.
Professional seminars: “I’m Miserable Because of You: Undoing the Blame Game
This full-day seminar has been presented to crowds of psychologists, therapists and counselors many times in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Duluth, Fargo, St. Cloud and Mankato. Rebecca shares several of her original songs as part of the program.
NWCT Studio, Northwest Community Television
Several of Rebecca’s original songs have been included on the Minnesingers Program which is aired on 19 public-access TV channels serving more than 120 cities in three states. Recorded in Brooklyn Park, MN.
Headline performer and keynote speaker at this two-day event which celebrated women and motherhood. Mankato Arts & Historical District, Mankato, MN.
Concert Series, Rhein River Arts Center
New Ulm, MN. Rebecca Aadland performed a two-hour concert as part of a musical duo to a sold out crowd.
Opening Ceremonies at Minnesota State University’s Women & Spirituality Conference
Rebecca & Friends (7-pc. band) were showcased as the musical headline act for The Women & Spirituality National Conference at MSU. Additionally, an evening concert was held in the MSU Ostrander Auditorium.
KFIL Radio Show Over The Back Fence
Commonweal Theatre, Lanesboro, MN. Rebecca Aadland performed several of her original songs and was interviewed as the featured musical guest.
New Ulm, MN. Rebecca has been a musical guest and has been interviewed as a mental health consultant on several occasions.