Meet Singer-Songwriter, Bethany Becker

Bethany Becker is an internationally signed 18 year old recording artist from Austin, Texas. She has a love for country music that shows in her writing style and sound.

In addition to singing and songwriting, she enjoys playing the guitar, acting, dancing and spending time with her four brothers and friends.


When and why did you start singing and performing?

I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember! I started professional training when I was eleven, but I performed a song by myself for the first time at a camp talent show when I was in the second grade. I’ve always loved being in front of people.

Where did you get your influence from or what made you pursue your style of music?

There are probably a million young female country artists who will tell you that Taylor Swift was their introduction to country music, and I am one of them. Call me a cliché! Her early music is definitely still a huge influence for me.

As far as what influences my writing specifically, I write a lot about my life and the lives of people around me. I write a lot of love songs, hence my debut album “I Want Love,” but I’ll write about anything that tugs on me emotionally.

At this point, I find that writing is just something I do, often without trying. Sometimes, I’ll be driving and a song hook will come to me and as soon as I park I have to pull out my phone and record it before I lose it. If I’m around people who I don’t want to think I’m crazy, I’ll type lyrics into my notes app. I go back later and play with it until I think it sounds decent.

How do you get people to take you seriously as a musician?

By taking myself seriously. I’ve realized that I can gain most people’s respect by just being professional, working hard, and treating them respectfully in return.

What is the importance of the connections you make? How can you utilize them?

Connections, in any business but especially this one, are everything. When I first started pursuing a music career I had no idea what I was doing (secret: I still don’t), but I was blessed enough to make connections with amazing people who knew the business and were generous enough to help guide me step by step along the way.

I owe where I am in my career right now to the connections I’ve been lucky enough to make.

What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?

Go for it! The worst thing you can do is not try. It will not be easy, nothing will happen overnight, and, if you’re anything like me, it will push you out of your comfort zone more times than you can count. But if you love it, it’s worth it.

Also, and this is something I stress every time I’m asked this question, you have to learn to respect your music as both an art and a business. No matter how great you are, if you never perform, if you never make connections, if you never put your music out on the market, nothing is going to happen.

Alternatively, if you get so wrapped up in the business that you stop enjoying your art, then what’s the point? It’s a necessary balance that you have to manage.


If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose this career? Would you do anything differently?

I would choose this career a thousand times over. I love what I do, and I can’t image what it would feel like to wake up every day and wonder “what if?”

I think that’s one definite sign that I’ve chosen the right path for me. I almost never wonder about the “what ifs” of what my life would be like if I hadn’t chosen this career, but I know that if it was the other way around the “what ifs” would drive me insane!

If I could change one thing, I would go back and slap my younger self and tell her to stay in piano lessons. I would tell myself to learn the guitar sooner.

I try not to regret things in the past that I can’t control, I know that God ultimately has his hand on my life and his plan will prevail no matter what, but it would be so much easier if I had known how to play ahead of time.

Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions?

I play in public all of the time! Lately I’ve had a lot of 3 show weekends and I hope to be on tour as soon as possible. I’ll play anything from music venues in downtown Austin, TX, to the front porches of local boutiques.

This past year I put together a band full of super talented and super friendly musicians and it’s been a lot of fun getting to perform with them.

Do you get nervous before a performance?

Sometimes more than others. It depends on the venue and who I’m performing for. I definitely don’t get nearly as nervous as I used to.

A few months ago, I was playing at a rodeo and there was a moment while I was up on stage when I looked out and thought, “Wow, there are at least a thousand people here and I don’t really feel anxious at all. I can tell I’m starting to get used to this.”

Have any of your songs been published? (If so, by whom?)

I co-wrote seven out of the ten songs on my debut album, “I Want Love.”

Are you looking for an independent label deal or a major label deal? (Why?)

I’m lucky to be signed with a cool independent label called Spectra Music Group.

What is next for you?

I’m currently focussing on promoting my debut album “I Want Love!” I’m hoping to be on tour within this next year. Y’all can keep up with me on

‘I Want Love’ is available now on iTunes!

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