What is your earliest memory of music? And, how did you get started in music?
My earliest memory of music is dancing around my living room to B*Witched with my cousin. In fact, I danced so much that my parents signed me up for dance lessons and I started to audition for musicals! I studied theater throughout college, but ultimately felt drawn to the intimacy of singing and songwriting. What was the first song you ever wrote? What or who inspired you to start writing music?
My first song, "Abelard & Heloise," is about star-crossed lovers from 12th century France. After their doomed romance, they wrote love letters to each other until Abelard died. Abelard and Heloise entered into their affair knowing it wouldn't last, knowing it was doomed and something in that spoke to me back then. I was in my early 20s and completely besotted with a guy with a guitar (and a girlfriend) and, if I'm being honest, the only good thing I got from that affair was the song. Do you play any instruments? If yes tell us about it. If not, do you work with a band or studio musicians? Do you produce your tracks or work with a producer?
I've played the guitar for about five years now! My producer, Julian Giaimo, is incredible—working with him over the summer upstate was a blast. What is your favorite part about being an artist (performing, recording, writing, playing)?
I love writing the most, especially this year. It's helped me process the heavy emotions of 2020 and turn something sad into something beautiful. Do you have any advice for young women pursuing music?
Know what you want and don't be afraid to ask for it. So many people believe they know more than you. The truth is...they don't!
What do you feel your strengths are as an artist?
I write from the heart and turn the personal into something universal.
For readers who have never heard your music, can you suggest one or two songs to start with?
I'd say start with "Wild One" and "Lovers from London"!\\
Tell us where fans can access your music. You can find my music on Spotify.
About Beth Henderson
Beth Henderson is a folk Americana singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, New York. With a sound that flips easily between grounded assuredness and crystalline vulnerability (reminiscent of Laura Marling, Liza Anne, and Gillian Welch), Beth writes songs of loss, love, and relationships that just don’t quite work.
Born in Delaware, Beth first found her way to music through theater and began to perform once moving to New York City, at venues including Rockwood Music Hall, The Wolfhound, and Gold Sounds. She’s proud to kick off 2021 with her debut EP, “Questions.”
For more information, please visit Beth's Website.