Betty Jo Rockwell

Betty Jo Rockwell

 
Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA
DuoFolkRock

Songs which touch many souls, lyrics which ring true in many hearts, Betty Jo Rockwell's songs have haunting, memorable melodies and stirring chord structures. A whisper of the ancient Celtic lands sings through and gives this music an etheral, timeless quality.

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Biography

Betty Jo Rockwell reaches the heart and soul of each person in her audience in a deeply emotional and unique way.

" You have the ability to lift the human spirit, " a fan once told her.

Betty Jo is committed to creating beauty through music ; her original songs ring true to listeners on a soul level, reflecting love and truth in the lives of her audience.

She and her husband Scott have played as a duo for a number of years in clubs, coffeehouses, festivals, benefits, and other concert settings in the quad state area of WV, MD, VA, and PA.

They also performed with the folk group Allegheny Uprising with the late Jay Votel. Some of their performances include the Country Roads Folk Festival, Uptown Concerts, River House Concerts, Elkton Old Time festival, a Tribute to Senator Robert Byrd, Eastern Panhandle Earthfest, numerous benefits, clubs, and coffeehouses, and performances for various social and political organizations.

They performed with Shepherdstown WV based rock band, the "Giants of Tinytown"   Notable performances include Shepherdstown Streetfest and WV Wine and Arts festival.

Betty Jo released a CD of her original songs, entitled
Songs from the Soul. She has completed  her second CD, " Transformation. " 

The band Allegheny Uprising released an album entitled "Pretty Little Dog."

Betty Jo has a degree in Music Education from Shepherd College, where she studied as a flute major. She currently teaches Music for Berkeley County WV public schools.

In addition to writing and performing, Betty Jo loves to encourage children and other musicians to express themselves musically.

Betty Jo's album Transformation is  available on the Canadian American Record label on CD Baby, Amazon.com, and numerous other sites around the world.

She has released several singles worldwide on the Canadian American compilations for worldwide radio. 

Several of her songs, including "Love Always Prevails,"  "Destination Blue," and "It's All for The Best Anyway," have been on the Independent Music Review country charts for months at a time.  Destination Blue reached number 2 in Melbourne, Australia. 

Joey Welz of Bill Haley's Comets represented Betty Jo at the Midem Music Conference in Cannes, France in January, 2014.

Her songs, "Listen," (co-written by Joey Welz,) and "Desperation Shuffle" are included on Canadian American's Sizzling Hot Summer CD 2014 for worldwide radio release.

 

Lyrics

True Love

Written By: Betty Jo Rockwell

When I looked into your eyes I could see forever
Light of always clearly I could see
Deeper than the blue of the sparkling ocean
True Love standing right before me.

True Love is the song you sing to me
True Love is the gift you give.
True Love- the only thing that speaks to me
True Love every day I live.

A sky of blue without a cloud passing over
A diamond sparkling bright prismatic light
Infinite the color of true love shines
Deep and blue, both day and night.

True Love is the song you sing to me.
True Love is the gift you give.
True Love- the only thing that speaks to me.
True Love, every day I live.

True Love
True Love
True Love
True Love

Famous Rock Star

Written By: Betty Jo Rockwell

Famous Rock Star
Where have you been?
No more cigarettes no more gin.
Find a place to take you in
No forgiveness no more sin

Famous Rock Star
Where have you gone?
Reverb ringing on and on
Time enough for one more song
But tell me.. where do you belong?

Famous Rock Star
Tell me your dreams
Nothing's ever quite as it seems
You can bring the world a thrill
The cost is high and you pay the bill.

Play a tune...
Sweet as June.....
Under the stars and the moon.
Music calls you....
Singing true. And Love will pull you through.

Famous Rock Star
Play your part.
The truth will tell no lies.
Famous Rock Star
You've got heart.
The spark is in your eyes.
The spark is in your eyes.
The spark is in your eyes.'

Lights, Camera, Fire

Written By: Betty Jo Rockwell

Interesting to say the lease
Call the doctor, call the priest
My amazement will never cease.
Lights, camera, fire!
Burning hearts desire.

I will never comprehend
Just beginning soon to end
Building walls will not defend.
Lights, camera, fire!
Burning hearts desire.

Did I overestimate
Love and laughter, give and take
Always look out for the snake.
Lights, camera, fire
Burning hearts desire.

Time spans all seasons
Rhythm and reasons
Questions and dreams
Remote as it seems.

Will we ever see the day
When all illusion goes away?
Clarity is here to stay
Lights, camera, fire
Burning hearts desire.
Lights, camera, fire
Burning hearts desire.

It's All for The Best Anyway

Written By: Betty Jo Rockwell

It doesn't matter if you want to walk away.
It doesn't matter though I thought that you were here to stay.
'Cause everything is gone tomorrow though it's here today.
And it's all for the best anyway.

I thought you would always be here by my side.
But tears flow like a river.
God knows how hard we tried.
The road is calling you away; there's nothing more to say
But it's all for the best anyway.

CHORUS:
It's all for the best anyway.
It's all for the best so they say.
Everything is gone tomorrow though it's here today.
And it's all for the best anyway.

Bridge:
And I can see through the clouds up to the sun.
And I know that this part of my work is done.
And though I thought that you were my only one.
I can see that my life has just begun.

Repeat chorus 2x

It's all for the best anyway. (spoken)

Love Always Prevails

Written By: Betty Jo Rockwell

When you're walking in your sleep
Had enough of counting sheep
And you see angels in your dreams
Know you're not along.

Take your time and slow it down.
The world will keep on spinnin' round
And what we lost can still be found
Listen to the sound.

Love is falling from the skies
Love is lighting up your eyes
Love won't give up; Love never fails
Love always prevails.

Keep the faith and sing your song
Love is real and love is strong
And love surrounds you all night long
Keeps you hanging on

repeat chorus

With your feet planted on the ground
Listen; you can hear the sound.

repeat chorus

Discography

Songs from The Soul    original songs

Pretty Little Dog, Allegheny Uprising            original and traditional Appalachian songs

Transformation      original songs