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Beth Snapp is a well kept secret in the music world of East Tennessee. Tim Stafford of Blue Highway states that “Beth is a rare musician/singer/songwriter... Of all the musicians I’ve seen come out of East Tennessee…Beth is easily the most original and talented.” Her sound encompasses pop, jazz, folk and occasionally a little bluegrass to make it a distinctive mix and a genre all its own. “They say I hummed before I spoke,” Beth Snapp says of her lifetime interest in music. Too nervous to sing in public, no originals were part of her repertoire until the end of Graduate School. From there, Beth’s song list grew and eventually, her album, “The Girl in the Magazine,” was imagined in April 2013.
“The Girl in the Magazine,” due to release in June 2014, is an album about Beth’s personal journey growing as a person and navigating life. Tim Stafford says that “her songs are free-flowing vignettes with memorable, thoughtful melodies and unique chord structures.” Her songs are full of complex emotional descriptions, resonating a real life experience. Beth says that “There are happy and sad elements in each song which really highlights that you can’t have one without the other—and in that, there is learning from each.” Juxtaposition between the two provides a realistic picture of real love and loss as we experience it on a day to day basis. The overarching themes of her album are diverse, yet maintain a coherent thread concerning growth. Beth’s songs involve a myriad of life experiences that are relatable, yet unique to her own familiarity. Her lyrics touch on remembering the love of someone who has passed, leaving an unhealthy relationship, learning to understand and gain self worth through the lack of love someone else has shown to you, knowing when a relationship is worth saving and also when it is time to leave.
The list of fellow musicians who have collaborated with Beth to make this album happen has grown by leaps and bounds throughout production. Todd Meade, SPBGMA bassist of the year nominee, and drummer Daniel Marcum have worked with Beth extensively on “The Girl in the Magazine”. Additionally, “The Hymn Song” features Grammy nominated Blue Highway. Tim Stafford, Rob Ickes and Shawn Lane (of Blue Highway) also lend their talents on two additional tracks. IBMA winner Ronnie Stewart added a fiddle track to an unlikely ukulele song, giving an interesting twist to the project. Jon Gardner, known for his extensive session work to include Don Williams, Dixie Chicks, Taylor Swift, Ricky Skaggs and Jon Oates, provided four drum tracks. Dave Eggar, Grammy nominated cellist featured on Coldplay’s Viva la Vida, has also provided a cello track that rounds out the album, offering what sounds of birds trailing off into the distance. Additional contributing players include Trey Hensley, Rick Anderson, Bobby Starnes, Jason Lloyd, and Jay Farmer.
Beth has performed at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and the Downhome in Johnson City, TN. She has also been a featured artist on NPR’s WETS studioONE. She has made guest appearances with both Blue Highway and Dave Eggar. She is already lined up to be a feature vocalist on Tim Stafford’s upcoming album. Her future is full of promise.