Interview with Beth Crowley

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Beth Crowley was born on August 9, 1988 in Tennessee. Singer who first gained a following after posting “Greatest Song Ever Written” in October 2011 to her YouTube channel.

Beth Crowley’s first real memory of loving to sing was dancing around the house belting out “Achy Breaky Heart” at four years old, though she now only revives her rendition of that particular song during select nights of late-night karaoke.

Before her YouTube career began, she participated in musical theater.

Beth has released one full-length album, two EPs, and numerous singles.

She released her first album Porcelain Heart in September 2014 and her EP Come Alive in July 2015.

These days she is focusing on her original music, ranging from whimsical comedy songs sure to bring a smile to your face to haunting, thoughtful piano ballads.

Getting to know Beth

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If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title be?

The phrase I say all the time is “everything is happening a lot!” so I could absolutely see that being the title of my autobiography.

What would be the ideal food to have cooked for you on a date night?

My ultimate trifecta for a perfect meal would be good bread, a good steak, and good dessert. Give me some warm rolls, a filet mignon, and some kind of ice cream and I’m a happy gal.

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

I’ve been told that Anna Kendrick and I have a similar energy, so I would love to see that.

What’s your favourite board game?

I play a mean game of Scrabble, but I also love this game called “Balderdash” where you essentially win by making up convincing lies to fool the people you are playing. I’m not sure how to feel about the fact that I’m pretty good at it…

What’s your favourite children’s story?

I guess technically Harry Potter is a children’s story, though I still love it as an adult and always will. Always.

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How would you describe the music that you typically create?

I usually describe my music as cinematic pop. I definitely have a flair for the dramatic, so I love when I write a song where I get to bring in violin and cello players and add lots of dark drums and percussion to make it feel really epic. I’m also a very visual person, so I tend to come up with a scene or story for each song that is playing out in my head as I write if the song isn’t already based on a book or TV series.

With the pandemic, how have you found a way to get your music and your message out there?

I was actually really fortunate to not feel a huge shift in how I put music out when the pandemic hit. I already primarily focused on releasing music and connecting with people online rather than relying on a lot of live shows, so that part of things didn’t really change for me. What I found the most difficult was the pressure I put on myself knowing that music was how a lot of people were coping with what was happening and wanting to provide that outlet for others, but not taking enough time for myself early on to try and process all of the changes in the world myself. Luckily I found a balance and have been able to do both.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

The internet has completely transformed the music business in both the best and worst way. I absolutely know that I would not be doing this if it weren’t for the internet and the ability to put music out without having to have a record deal or a team of people backing you. It also allows me to connect with people all over the world in a way that an artist was never able to do before. But as is the case with anything you put online, it opens you up to the scrutiny of strangers. People on the internet don’t hold back one bit if they don’t like you or something you do. I’m grateful that the people who listen to my music seem to be incredibly kind and genuine.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

When I was a sophomore in high school I was debating whether or not to try out for the school play. My dad told me, “the only way to guarantee you won’t get the part is if you don’t audition.” That has really stayed with me over the years and any time I am holding back from trying something new or doing something that is out of my comfort zone, that’s the advice I go back to.

Has your musical journey had a deliberate direction, or did it simply gradually evolve in whatever direction it found?

I honestly never thought that I would actually be able to do music as a career. I think I found a little bit of traction early on and I’ve just continued to build on the things that I’ve done until it started working. I usually set a few pretty modest goals for myself at the beginning of each year, but most of the cool things I have gotten to do have come about completely organically. I love that because it makes this all feel more authentic.

If we were to look at the artists you are listening to, who would be on your playlist?

It really just depends on my mood! I would say the artists that consistently pop up on my algorithm playlists are Julia Michaels, Taylor Swift, Machine Gun Kelly, NF, Paramore, and a lot of 90s and early 00s pop rock.

What are your ambitions as a songwriter and musician from here?

I’m just happy to keep writing and releasing music for as long as I have an audience. I know it won’t last forever and I’m just trying to soak up every moment of it because it’s what I love to do.

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