Béthany

Writer / Singer-Songwriter

Béthany’s writing and musical career is interwoven with her spiritual journey, each enriching the other at every turn. While studying in the writing and songwriting programs of Columbia College Chicago, San Francisco State University, and Bath Spa University, she studied with Leslie Temple-Thurston and Inelia Benz and met her root teacher, Nalini MacNab. 

 

After being honored with the Mark Linenthal Award for Poetry, she enrolled in an MA in Songwriting, at Bath Spa University in England, where she completed her thesis on Meditation in Music Education. She continued on with additional training in Celtic Bardism, Thich Nhat Hanh's Mindful Educator's technique, and shamanism, integrating each of these teachings into her songs and stories. She continues to train with her root teacher, with the Plum Village community and with Mindrolling Jetsün Khando Rinphoche. She has been a Reiki Master for 17 years, and became a 200 hr certified yoga teacher in 2015.

 

 

As a songwriter, Béthany has co-written across genres from French-Brazilian folk to retro trip-hop, riot grrl to pop, and appeared as a vocalist on Cold Cold Heart’s album How the Other Half Live and Die released in 2015 on Fluttery records. Her ambient post-rock collaboration with Chris Mackin has been referred to as “otherworldly, experimental and compelling, [with] a hymnal quality,” while her solo work rings with “innocence and magic realism that encapsulates … warmth and [a] generous nature.” 

Béthany has performed in small venues in North and Central American and Europe, in front of crowds of up to 300, including Burdall's Yard, New Year's at The Bell in Bath, as part of Corinne Peterson's installation of Cairn and Cloud: a collective expression of trauma and hope, and as the pre-show for Ginny Sykes' dance performance Bodies of Memory.

 

Known for singing in French, English and even Icelandic, Béthany has published stories and poetry, nonfiction and translations, and is the creator of the Lunar Grove, a moon-thly membership group focussed on the nature of creativity as supported by the Green World. Béthany currently teaches writing and songwriting over Zoom, and is preparing a new solo EP.