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"Beth Stalker: Here With You"

12.07.04
Beth Stalker: Here With You

With an angelic voice and peaceful acoustic folk stylings, Beth Stalker makes her mark as a gem in the folk industry. With spiritual undertones that provide a peaceful listen, this CD shines. "Hold Me" features great acoustic plucks as she sings, "Reach your hand to me/To pull me from that place/Now I'm floating in your base/So won't you hold me?" Similar in sound to Cara Aley, Dave Barnes or Rachel Sage, I enjoyed this album.
Favorite Tracks: Hold Me, How Small I Am
Rating: 4 stars - www.DiscoveringArtists.com


Discography

Hallelujah, I Love Him So (May 2005) - 12 song jazz album

Here With You (June 2004) - 11 original songs featuring Detroit's best musicians.

Jesus Loves Me (1984) - Beth released an album at five years old. She toured and appeared on radio and television known as "Little Liz"

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Born in Detroit, Michigan, Beth started singing when she was three years old. Her parents quickly noticed her talent and Beth began performing at festivals, churches and on TV. Known as “Little Liz”, she would sit atop her father's piano and sing Sunday school songs. At age four, Beth released an album entitled "Jesus Loves Me". Her record was played on radio stations and she even performed at the Gospel Country USA music festival in Opryland Tennessee. After a few years, her parents decided that it would be best for her to live the life of a normal child and Beth's career as an entertainer ended for the time being.

In high school, Beth continued to sing. In addition to choir and musical theatre, Beth formed a Christian folk band with two of her girlfriends. During this time, Beth learned to play guitar and write songs.

In 1999, Beth was introduced to jazz. She immediately took to the genre and fell in love with the vocal stylings of Ella Fitzgerald. Together with some of her friends, Beth started a jazz band. They called themselves Lady and the Tramps and they performed almost exclusively at open mic nights. Through this experience, Beth began to network with professional jazz musicians. She was quickly accepted and began singing in big bands and jazz combos with many of Detroit's finest jazz musicians. Beth performed at several of metro-Detroit's distinguished jazz clubs including Baker's Keyboard Lounge, Bert's Jazz Marketplace, and the Bird of Paradise. She also became the featured entertainer of Music People Entertainment.

After being immersed in jazz and blues for a few years, Beth decided to explore other areas of music. Beth teamed up with songwriter and lyricist Allan Goetz to write and record the 2004 release of her critically acclaimed album “Here With You”, produced by David Mosher.

2005 has been a busy year for Beth. In April she received 6 Detroit Music Awards for her work surrounding “Here With You”. In addition, Beth's song “Hold Me” was selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the 40th Anniversary Peavey Song Contest. Soon after her song “I Can’t Imagine” won best love song in the Broadjam “Love Shout” song contest. Around the same time, Spirit Television added her music video to their rotation giving her 40 spins per week. Beth also recorded and released her first full-length jazz album “Hallelujah, I Love Him So” last year. Despite all of this, Beth managed to find the time to quietly perform over 100 shows in 2005.

Beth is currently writing new material and performing with guitarist/producer Jim Rawlings. She hopes to release her sophomore album in 2007.