Beth Henderson is a folk,Americana singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, New York. With a sound that oscillates between grounded assuredness and transparent vulnerability, 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. Her debut EP, Questions, is due out in October 2020.
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 and singing along to B*Witched. My parents saw that I obviously loved music so they signed me up for our church choir. While I'm no longer religious, music stuck with me. From the choir, I moved onto musical theater, but that never really suited me either. When I finally found songwriting, it was a huge relief to be able to tell my story and connect with an audience in a way that really resonated with me.
What was the first song you ever wrote? What or who inspired you to start writing music?
with a producer? I play the guitar! I was first drawn to it so I could accompany myself singing, but more often than not I now find more joy just playing for playing's sake—no singing required. It's a big source of inspiration and has been hugely grounding for me during COVID. I'm lucky enough to have an incredibly supportive musical community and through them, I found my producer Julian Giaimo. Recording "Wild One" and a few of my upcoming singles with him was an absolute dream. Just us, the music, and his garden full of impossibly large produce.
What is your favorite part about being an artist (performing, recording, writing, playing)? In writing, I really enjoy the feeling you get when the lyrics and the chords fall into place. It's like a puzzle and when you solve it, you suddenly can breathe easier. Or, the feeling of your heart racing before you step on stage and the subsequent calm you feel when you dive into the music you know so well. I miss performing more than anything, Do you have any advice for young women pursuing music?
We, as women, are taught at an early age that if you're not perfect, you don't deserve time in the spotlight and the act of asking for attention is a selfish thing. For a good, long while I had little to no confidence in my own identity as an artist; I thought I was meant to support creative work, not make my own. It's definitely a safer calling. That line of thought is not only harmful but just plain wrong. If there’s something in your heart, make it because the world will be a happier place for it. For readers who have never heard your music, can you suggest one or two songs to start with?
Well, I have only one song out right now. So, stream "Wild One" and stay tuned for a few more songs coming out soon.
For streaming, digital outlets of Wild One - Distrokid
What do you feel your strengths are as an artist?
I believe one of my biggest strengths is my lyrics. In every song I write, I try to tell a story from beginning to end. I like to bring my listeners along for a journey that's specific to me, but also accessible to others. I work through a lot of my feelings through my music and I hope that those along for the ride can feel that as well. I come from a place of truth in everything that I write and I try to present myself as honestly and clearly as possible.
Tell us where fans can access your music. You can find me on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and wherever else the internet has music! Stream on Spotify, and for news, follow me on Instagram: @thisisjustbeth