Beth Waters

Beth Waters

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Waters fuses folk, pop and rock into an delicate mix of intimate elements that are reminicent of the 3-course dinner in a stick of Willy Wonka chewing gum--minus the schnozberries.

Biography

In the summer of 2003, singer/songwriter Beth Waters released her self-titled debut; a collection of songs that were largely autobiographical which Performing Songwriter called, “whisperingly intimate.” San Francisco’s top radio station, KFOG 104.5 FM got behind the virtually unknown Waters and played the album’s lead track “Sweaters” in regular rotation. Before long, the album had gained momentum and won the affections of The San Francisco Chronicle as well as being featured on Apple’s iTunes Music Store. Performing Songwriter, Jane Magazine, Women Who Rock and Independent Musician all wrote about the album and Waters began winning awards for her work. “Beth Waters” was named “Best Female Singer/Songwriter CD of 2001-2003” by the Indie Acoustic Project and the hit single “Sweaters” was named song of the year by the DIY Convention in Los Angeles. Another track from the album, the soft, mournful ballad “Blue and White,” was featured in the hit television drama “One Tree Hill” on The W.B. Television Network and also in the movie “Recipe for a Perfect Christmas” on the Lifetime Television Network. Waters enjoyed impressive sales for an independent musician on Apple’s iTunes Music Store, charting in the top 100 selling records for 2 weeks in row after “Beth Waters” digital release.

“I was thrilled”, exclaimed Waters, “and also finally certain of my musical direction.” The success of that first record was far from guaranteed. “I felt I had taken a risk by making an intimate, piano-based album. Almost everything that was on the radio at that time was formulaic pop. But I just wanted to make a record I was proud of and I stopped worrying about conforming to any industry standards. It was a defining moment for me and it changed the way I make music.”

Building on the success of “Beth Waters” and with the freedom to create songs on her own terms, Waters began writing material for her next album, “Forms of the Truth”, collaborating again with producer Michael Winger. In the creation of her sophomore effort, Waters grew as a musician, learning to play guitar while writing songs of alienation, longing and redemption. The album is a diverse collection of music ranging from brash, intelligent rock to playful and intimate pop; it blends piano, guitar and elaborate textures into a rich sonic tapestry. Waters’ angelic voice and signature melodic songwriting are complimented by the performances of a stellar cast of musicians including upright bass by Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco), piano by Stephen Prutsman (Kronos Quartet), Keyboards by Eamonn Flynn (Spearhead, Koko Taylor) electric bass by Kevin White (Chuck Prophet, Shelby Lynne) and Ricky Carter on drums and percussion.

Waters’ songwriting caught the attention of Grammy award-winning mix engineer and producer Joe Chiccarelli (Frank Zappa, U2 and Tori Amos) who was eager to be involved and mixed five of the songs including the album’s single “White Dogs in the Moonlight.” Waters is planning to spend the next year on tour to promote “Forms of the Truth.”

Discography

EP Don’t Look Back 1997
LP Over The Tide 2000
LP Beth Waters Live 2001
LP “Beth Waters” 2003
Single -“Forms Of The Truth” 2005
LP “Forms Of The Truth” to be released this spring.

Set List

Showcase set 30 min or 5 songs
Regular set length 45 min or 8 songs
2 sets and encore Full Show 2 hrs with 15-20 min break
90% original music