Some people shop. Some people drink. Beth Longwell writes songs.
Beth Longwell is not your average songwriter, due to one simple fact: she is not afraid to bare it all in her music, and still somehow leaves her listeners wanting more.
Using ear-catching melodies and thought-provoking lyrics, Beth sings in four minutes what many struggle to say in a lifetime. Her songs span a vast range of subjects, and there’s not a person out there who can’t relate to some of Beth’s lyrics.
Look deeper into Beth’s life, and you’ll find that dynamic songwriting is just one component that makes up this very musical person. Beth spends her days as a music therapist at a veteran’s hospital, bringing the healing and transformative power of music to veterans on inpatient psychiatric and hospice units.
Beth’s love of music began as a child growing up in Elizabeth, Colorado, a rural town with no stop lights and one general store. At the age of fifteen she moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina and her musical tastes grew as she traveled to Chile, Uruguay, and Brazil to perform in musical groups. After moving back to the USA and finishing high school in Decatur, IL, Beth packed her bags and headed to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music.
Beth’s love of performing soon became secondary to her desire to use her music as a healing tool, so she enrolled in Berklee’s Music Therapy program. During her time at Berklee, opportunities for performance and musical outreach abounded. She participated in recording an original song dedicated to the survivors of domestic violence, and was part of a recording for the soundtrack to an independent film.
For two weeks in the summer of 2007, Beth traveled with several other Berklee music therapy students to Nairobi, Kenya to work in orphanages, bringing her music therapy skills and compassion to children affected by poverty, violence, and HIV/AIDS.
After five years in Boston, Beth moved to Napa, CA to complete an internship at the Veteran’s Home of CA in Yountville. While there, she helped form the rock/blues cover band Fat Toad and performed at several community wide events.
Although Beth’s life has been filled with music, in some ways her musical journey is just getting started. Through & Through is her first full length album, and there are surely more great things to come from this up and coming singer/songwriter.