Betty Who Brings ‘The Convertible Nights Tour’ to New Mountain Theatre June 16
Got the bluegrass blues and just wanna have fun to some modern pop music? Well, Betty Who is just the fix.
Australian-born pop singer Betty Who makes vivacious yet bittersweet music that calls to mind divas such as Robyn, and Katy Perry. Betty Who blends indie and pop music into an irresistible mix of bold soundscapes, Top 40 hooks, and knowing lyrics. Born Jessica Anne Newham in Sydney, she began playing cello, piano, and guitar as a child, and moved to America with her parents when she was a teenager to attend the Interlochen Center for the Arts performing arts school. She then went to the Berklee College of Music for more training as a cellist, but really wanted to focus on being a singer/songwriter (she began performing her own songs at age 16).
While at Berklee, she met producer Peter Thomas, and the pair began writing and recording material together. Drawing inspiration from the songwriting skills of Joni Mitchell and Carole King and the epic synth pop of M83 and MGMT, they came up with a sound that was equally nostalgic and contemporary on songs like “Somebody Loves You,” which Who wrote shortly after Houston’s death. The song became the first single from Who’s self-released debut EP, The Movement, which arrived in April 2013. A year later, she returned with the Slow Dancing EP, a slightly more polished effort that found Who expanding on her brassy style with R&B-inspired production and more introspective songwriting. In October 2014, Who released her first full-length Take Me When You Go, which featured production by Thomas as well as Starsmith, Claude Kelly and Martin Johnson. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
Her recent debut EP “The Movement” was welcomed with rave reviews, including being crowned “Best EP of 2013” by both Billboard Magazine and Popjustice, being called “This Year’s Major One To Watch” by MTV Buzzworthy, and being called “The Artist Who Will Save Pop Music” by Idolator, with The Guardian, Digital Spy, Arjan Writes, Kick Kick Snare, All Things Go, Pop On And On, Jon Ali, and countless others chiming in with equal praise, as the EP soared to 250K+ streams and 70K song downloads.
She is currently working with producer Peter Thomas of Pulse Recordings on new material, and describes her artistic goal quite directly: “I’d just like to make people dance.”
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