Beth Preston resonates to a higher frequency.
Not to say that she's not down to earth- if you see her play, you know that what she's sharing is real. There is no effort to impress in her presence- only to express herself with primal resonant vocals, and lyrics that not only pull the heartstrings, but also carry a strong positive message.
Born in Whittier, California in 1982 to passionately musical parents, she started playing guitar and piano at a young age, and migrating down the coast to Northern San Diego County where she would do most of her growing up, found a great influence in the pulse and beauty of her environment.
Aside from her more recognized and obvious musical influences such as Ani Difranco, Cat Power, Jeff Buckley, Elliot Smith, Manu Chao, and others, she holds true to many micro-influences she has found in other genres like hip-hop and reggae, that are reflected in the heartbeat and poetry of her songs. Not to mention her parents, who had a huge influence in her musical upbringing.
I grew up in San Diego, listening to a lot of blues music, and a lot
A LOT of other kinds of music
and my parents both played in different projects and bands as I was growing up
I had a lot of influence from my mom and my dad
From the time she was just a six-year old girl dancing and drinking Shirley Temples at her mothers shows, to her teenage years when she began singing and sitting in at her parents gigs, Beth developed a love for playing as well as performing
Discovering the music of Jeff Buckley and Ani Difranco in her late teens without a doubt introduced Beth to a new definition of musical and poetic expression, and she was writing songs and performing by the time she was 18. By 22, along with the release of her first EP, Great Big Wave, she had completed a national tour of Australia with folk artist Xavier Rudd, and was beginning to tour Canada, and the United States, where she also found spots at the famous Vancouver Folk Festival, and with artists such as Michael Franti and Spearhead, Melissa Ferrick, and others.
Beth's first full-length album was long coming. Along with a slew of garage-band bedroom recordings that she created, she also recorded the tracks to her album Inside Fire, which was released in November of 2006, a melting pot of musical genres, with newly found influences in reggae, groove, and percussion coupled with her folk-rock roots.
In her live performance, Beth Preston is explosive and dynamic, bringing a full-bodied presence and enthusiasm. As she continues to source new wells of inspiration, she strives to promote higher levels of awareness, conscious living, and a fervent love for life.