ARTIST NAME: Betty Fox Band
SONG TITLE: Green Light
SONG TITLE: Winter’s Cold
SONG TITLE: Runnin’ Back To You
SONG TITLE: Peace in Pieces
ALBUM TITLE: Peace in Pieces
RELEASE DATE: September 14, 2019
With an extensive background in gospel and a lifelong passion for soul music, Betty Fox has come a long way from her southern roots to headlining festivals and captivating thousands with her raw swagger and unwavering talent.
Now the 2015 representative of the Suncoast Blues Society, an International Blues Challenge Finalist, and 5-time winner of Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay, she is truly proving herself a force to be reckoned with.
Betty Fox appreciated singing early in life and performed for the first time at a church play at the age of four.
Her family had a deep love for the southern country gospel and tight harmonies which they would express at every Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and that is where her affinity for music began.
“My uncle Fred would pound on the keys with his monster hands while my (rather large) family and I would all gather around the piano… My grandmother would stand behind me and my cousins would hold my hands as we all sang four and five-part harmonies to songs like “It Is Well With My Soul”, “The Old Rugged Cross”, and “Till the Storm Passes By”. To this day, those songs and those moments mean more to me than anything”, Fox says.
After honing her craft for twenty years, her debut album, “Too Far Gone”, put her on the international map as a songwriter and vocalist and had the critics from American Blues Scene Magazine to Blues Revue Magazine singing her praises!
Her sophomore album, “Slow Burn” was released in June 2015, and is already receiving rave reviews from Blues DJs, critics, and enthusiasts around the world! It will surely take her farther than she ever imagined.
To support her talent, she has carefully selected musical heavyweights Barry Williams on bass, and Josh Nelms on guitar to set herself up for nothing less than well-deserved success.
In fact, in the past year, this dynamic quartet has skyrocketed to the Florida spotlight, playing on multiple notable music festivals including the world-renowned Tampa Bay Blues Festival, and the largest free music festival in the US: Springing the Blues.
This band has competed in the International Blues Challenge making it to the finals of 8 of 150 bands!
They have opened for such artists as Mavis Staples, Lucky Peterson, Jimmy Thackery, Marcia Ball, Southern Hospitality, and The Meter Men, for crowds amassing over 6,000 screaming fans!
As many will tell you, you definitely don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind musical experience!
State your reason for choosing music as a career.
Music chose me. It has called to me from my earliest childhood memories, and I followed it. It has become my confidant and my healer. I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have it.
Tell us how you write the lyrics to your songs.
Sometimes they come to me free-flowing, sometimes it’s like solving a Mensa puzzle. It depends on the song.
Discuss your life outside the music world.
When you’re an entrepreneur and your entire life’s work is on the line, you don’t have much time for anything else.
I sometimes get to go see live music or watch a movie with my puppy, but when I’m at home during the day, I’m working on something, whether it’s writing a song or promoting the album, or editing our website. I wear all the hats.
Discuss your music career.
I started singing at age 2 and have been taking lessons or singing in some capacity ever since. This band was started about 8 years ago and I have been doing it full-time for about that long.
Elaborate on your artist’s name.
Betty Fox is my real name.
Tell us your source of inspiration.
Gospel. The Mighty Clouds of Joy. The Dixie Hummingbirds. The Staple Singers. Al Green. Aretha Franklin. Mahalia Jackson.
Tell us your experience with dealing with fans.
People typically are seeking connection and want to feel something. It’s a beautiful thing when your music can move them emotionally and you get to have a moment with them. That has happened to me more times than I can count and it is a huge factor in why I do what I do.
If you can make someone’s day better or make them feel like they’re not alone with the beauty of music, what better thing is there in this world?
Elaborate on the recording of this album.
Recording this album was hands-down one of the most wonderful musical experiences of my life.
We went to Muscle Shoals, AL, and recorded at the Legendary FAME studios with some world-renowned legendary players: Spooner Oldham and Clayton Ivey.
We used the FAME horn section and backing vocalists and were able to arrange all the parts in real-time.
We produced our own album, so everything you hear is our own creativity.
Tell us about your future projects.
Right now we’re planning the release of this album (this is our first interview for it) and writing songs.
Our writing has been improving exponentially, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what comes next, but for now, I’m satisfied relishing in the wake of our hard-earned efforts with this last project. I’m proud of it.
List the names of those that have supported you so far.
Clearly my band: Josh Nelms on Guitar, Barry Williams on Bass, and Jake Winebrenner on Drums.
My mom: Susan Fox, my business partner: Rich Cavanagh, and our countless sponsors and fans.
Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.
Ear training is usually necessary for the average person and they have great applications for that online.
Using a piano when you warm-up is helpful – I don’t typically subscribe to auto-tune in the studio, but sometimes if there’s one note that needs a little help, I say go for it.
Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release of songs.
All of your music should be quality – All of it and regardless of quantity.
Your songs should mean something and go somewhere and if they don’t, work on them until they do. I think releasing a couple of singles before the album is wise.
Tell us your viewpoint on comparing a music career to a non-music career.
I have had a lot of jobs and this is by far the easiest job I have ever had because I love it so much.
My mom was a successful lawyer and she worked hard for it but she was very good at it.
I know other people who work in software automation and they have worked hard and are very good at their jobs because it comes easy to them.
A music career is just working hard at being good at music. Whatever it is that you love, find that and chase it down. Let it kill you.
Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.
I don’t think ‘music’ fits into the boxes we try to create for it. Genres are guesses. My album has influences from Hip-Hop and R&B to Americana to Rock & Roll to Soul and Blues. Somewhere in there, that’s where I live.
State the genre you despise most with reason.
I love music. To despise an entire genre regardless of quality would be to negate the musicianship of the best people in that realm.
I disagree with that notion and think it’s too closed-minded. I enjoy the passion of music from all genres.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
Green Light – is about the fantasy of leaving and finding love and freedom and joy. Strongly inspired by the road trips I have taken.
Peace in Pieces – is about how peace of mind comes piece by piece.
Winter’s Cold – is about braving the winter in a relationship.
Running Back to You – is about trying to let go of love but always returning to that person because living without them is harder than the pain of loving them.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
Peace in Pieces is the name of the album because that is what music has been to me and that’s what I want my music to be to other people. Peace of mind – Piece by piece.