The first time I heard Beth sing, I thought to myself “Well, that’s not cool…”
I met Beth through a mutual friend and all three of us loved to sing – especially karaoke. Her voice is so powerful, that singing with her during karaoke just didn’t seem fair. But she has such a big and infectious personality that you can’t help but just smile in her presence and feel ok with being inferior.
I once used her voice as a power for good: she used to work at a cabaret bar in midtown Manhattan called Don’t Tell Mama as a bartender/singer. I brought my then-girlfriend there on New Year’s Eve and asked Beth to sing “At Last” by Etta James. It was a moving rendition. The only problem is that looking back, the serenade was wasted as I eventually broke up with my girlfriend because she was too…well, let’s just keep those details between me and my therapist…
Beth has now moved up in the world and recorded an EP that not only showcases her voice, but her range of talent.
When I think of Beth’s voice, I have a tendency to pigeonhole her to singing all the great jazz standards because her voice can reach all those notes pitch perfectly. (I guess I’m biased because I’ve actually heard her sing all those songs at the piano bar.) But she’s more than that – and her debut EP, The Story, is a collection of six songs that proves that.
The EP is a mix of country, blues, jazz, and pop which not only shows that Beth can handle different genres, but proves that she can basically sing the alphabet.
Two of the songs on the album were written by America Idol contestant and friend, Caleb Hawley (“Small Steps” and “Only Purpose”). Another song is Beth’s rendition of “Lonely Night in Georgia”, originally recorded by Marc Broussard.
And as if she needed further credibility for her album, Beth is accompanied by Oz Noy (guitars), Larry Campbell (pedal steel guitar), and Jerry Barnes (bass). Roy Hendrickson acted as co-producer and sound engineer for the album, who’s also worked with other notable artists like Miles Davis, Blondie, Carly Simon, and heck, even Flo Rida.
Beth will be playing a show at the Cutting Room on Thursday June 26 at 7.30pm. Purchase tickets here in advance ($20 reservation or $25 at the door). She’ll treat us to the songs on her debut EP and will also be putting a spin on some James Taylor, Beatles, and even “country frying” a Pink tune.
For more info on Beth: http://www.betheunice.com