Beth Schafer's easygoing voice is a window into her passion for music, faith in God, and love of Judaism. In concert, she takes listeners on an emotional, spiritual journey, revisiting and exploring the "God moments" that all of us have felt. In her singing and songwriting, she bears her soul.
What set's apart "Love Your Neighbor" from her other CDs and those of her contemporaries is its universal appeal. Even though it pulls all of its sources from the texts which define Judaism, they are also pieces that reach across religious boundaries and help define other religions as well. Most religions encourage followers to love their neighbors.
The other quality that sets this recording apart is its mixture of strong melodies backed by lush, thick harmonies. Beth's influences of acoustic greats like Paul Simon and James Taylor, as well as the sweet vocals of Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac and the contemporary writing of Suzanne Vega and Shawn Colvin make this recording a great listen as well as a message-driven work by this up-and-coming composer.