Hailed by AllMusic, Perez Hilton, and PopMatters as an "artist to watch," Beth Arentsen was raised on the shores of New Jersey but “grew up” in the East Village of New York City where she recently penned her debut solo album, Sap. Sharing intimate stories that tow the line between tragedy and triumphant, Sap is a collection of songs that draw upon Beth’s early childhood on the ocean and experiences living above the asphalt. With emotionally charged lyrics and a head-turning voice, Beth draws comparisons to Kate Bush and Alanis Morissette, with a commanding stage presence that is uniquely her own.
Beth moved to New York City to study experimental theater at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and to perform her music in Lower Manhattan's music halls. It was her love of songwriting that eventually led Beth to Austin’s SXSW. Armed with a demo and a smile, Beth caught the interest of a Chicago label, NoVo Records, which signed her to be the front woman of the [jazz-funk] band, P-1. P-1 released two albums (STEP through NoVo/Lightyear/WEA and POWER on Forever Soul/NoVo distributed through 3MD/RYKO/WMG) enjoyed commercial radio play and landed songs in film and television, including Fox Searchlight's "Trust the Man" and ABC's "Samantha Who."
Inspired by the success of P-1, Beth focused her energy into a more personal project. The end result is Sap, produced by Jimi Zhivago and recorded at The Magic Shop in NYC. Sap departs from the electro vibe of P-1 in favor of a more stripped-down telling of Beth’s tales.
Beth regularly performs in New York City at Joe's Pub and The Living Room and in Asbury Park, NJ at The Saint and Twisted Tree. Other national venues include: The Metro (Chicago), Eisenhower Park Summer Stage (Long Island, NY) as well as many festivals, colleges, benefits and product launches including, Scion. She has also appeared live on commercial and satellite radio and morning television.