What inspired you to begin a career in music?
Singing is my favourite thing to do, I have done it since being a kid and when I discovered my love for writing also it just made sense. I am really lucky to pursue a career doing what I love.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Aretha Franklin is definitely my biggest influence, I love all of her music and her voice is unreal. Other artists I was inspired by growing up were the likes of Joss Stone, Alanis Morissette and Christina Aguilera. I also LOVE Eva Cassidy, her voice has the most natural sounding beautiful tone, I just love it!
You are back making music after an extended hiatus from music, why the break and why did you start making music again?
After my debut single ‘Clone’ I needed a bit of time to really work out what I wanted as an artist, dig a little deeper into what truly makes me happy and mainly who I want to work with (i’d had some pretty rubbish experiences with certain people so I needed to re-evaluate who was in my team essentially). Since then I’ve done lot’s of writing, had a sold out single launch (at my favourite soul venue in the North East ‘Hoochie Coochie’) for my last single ‘Stronger’, I work with my best friend/drummer Phil who I trust and know has my best interest’s at heart, have signed a 3 single record deal with a lush label called ‘Humble Angel Records’, and now i’m just really excited to release my new music.
Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as a musician, when you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?
My family. I have so many amazing people in my life and thankfully I am able to be totally honest with them. When I am feeling low or struggling to be motivated due to an abundance of rejections or criticism, my family are always so supportive and without fail they encourage to keep trying and pursuing what I love.
Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any ‘wow’ moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe you are where you are?
Performing to 26 thousand people at South Tyneside summer Festival was definitely one of those moments, I could see myself on the two huge screens either side of the stage, and I felt like Beyonce, making use of a huge stage and an amazing audience. But to be honest, I am at my absolute happiest when I am on stage so most gigs bring a ‘wow’ moment in some shape or form.
What differs you and your sound from other upcoming artists in the music industry?
I would like to hope my voice is what does that. I am a singer through and through, as much as I love writing and I do write all my own music, I believe my voice and passion for singing is what hopefully makes me stand out or leave a good impression.
You have just released your new single ‘One More Time’ can you please explain the reason for writing the track and the creative process?
This song is for anyone who has lost someone they love. I mentioned above how amazing my family are, I have so many beautiful people in my life and I am genuinely petrified for the day I lose anyone of them, this song for me is almost a way of preparing myself for it. I truly believe there is no deeper pain than losing someone.
In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote? What makes you say that one?
‘One more time’ without a doubt. When it came to recording the song it was the quickest session i’ve ever had in the studio. I think I had this huge amount of emotion and worry within me I needed to release and within a matter of 3 or 4 takes we had the full vocals done. I cried a little, I drank a little whiskey and in no time the song was finished.
What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
You need really be sure its what you want as there is a lot of disappointment and rejection within this industry. A lot people judging you and giving you opinions you don’t always necessarily want or need. You have to be true to yourself, do it because you love it and try (which is possibly the hardest part) to enjoy the process.
What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?
I am currently working on my first album. I have another single or two I want to share with the world then I intend on releasing my debut album. eek!
Anything else you would like to add?
I have my first headline show in London at the Zedel in Soho on July 31st! I would love for you to join me and my live band, they are awesome!
Released on Friday June 21st Beth’s latest release ‘One More Time’ is available via all major digital platforms.
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