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Born in Illinois, Betty comes by her musical talent naturally having learned to sing from her mother and grandmother. Starting at five years of age, it wasn’t long before she was singing and harmonizing on folk and blues based roots music. Country music was Betty’s first love and the decade of the Eighties found her career being managed and mentored by Country Music Hall of Fame legend Cliffie Stone. This led to major record label interest and recording sessions with Highway 101 and others. The Nineties saw Betty embracing the American standards catalogue and performing with live jazz bands. A move toward a rockier, more blues and soul infused sound followed in the early 2000’s and quickly developed into the strong Chicago Blues meets Memphis R&B style which Betty brings nightly to the BluesHounds.
Often compared to Janis Joplin, Betty cites Candye Kane and Etta James as major influences. (Betty’s take on Etta’s “Tell Mama” is always a showstopper!) Although self-taught musically, Betty has been a successful vocal instructor and coach and is an outspoken supporter of music programs in public schools.
An accomplished songwriter and performer, Betty is the spark that keeps The BluesHound’s engine roaring along!