Bethany Becker is a 16 year old Country Pop recording artist from Austin, TX. Becker is going places, as evidenced by her three-song EP, "Maybe More," released on February 25th, and her impressive video for the title track is sure to attract attention. She was nominated for an HMMA award (Hollywood Music in Media) and was dubbed a new emerging artist by the music biz site Kings of A&R.
Question: How would you describe your music?
Bethany Becker: My music walks the line between country and pop. My goal as an artist is to connect with people and impact their lives through my music, so I try hard to make it very relatable.
Question: What was your main inspiration behind the track Maybe More?
Bethany Becker: Maybe More was heavily inspired by my first heart break. I had a huge crush on a guy that I was growing apart from, and I really missed him. I was scared that I'd never stop missing him and would never get over him. Eventually, this idea turned into Maybe More.
Question: Can you tell us about the Maybe More video?
Bethany Becker: Yes I can! I'm in love with the Maybe More video. Everyone who worked on it did a fantastic job. Throughout the video, it shows clips of a really sweet couple, but near the end it starts playing all of them backwards, like memories on replay that can't be forgotten. I think it showcases the song beautifully.
Question: How does it feel to be nominated for a HMMA award?
Bethany Becker: I'm honored! It's crazy, I wasn't expecting it at all. I freaked out when I found out! It means a lot to me.
Question: Did you have any pre-conceived ideas about the music industry?
Bethany Becker: Before I started working in the industry, it seemed almost like another world. It seemed so much bigger than me and out of my reach. However, when I decided to start pursuing music professionally I got a better perspective on the business, and I realized that I could actually be a part of it and that my goals for my music weren't as unrealistic as I thought!
Question: Do you write your own songs? What's your inspiration?
Bethany Becker: I do write my own songs! I co-wrote all of the songs on my Maybe More EP. I draw my inspiration from my life and the lives of the people I see around me. I believe to touch peoples' hearts and to create music that really connects with them, my music has to come from a real place.
Question: What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
Bethany Becker: I love Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swifts country music! I also really enjoy listening to country radio. I love to discover new artists and new songs.
Question: What's next? Tour/Album/Single?
Bethany Becker: I'm getting ready to release a new single! I'm really really excited about this one. It conveys a message that I think the world needs to hear and I can't wait to share it with everyone. I'm also currently working on my video for the new song! As far as touring goes, I'm currently playing gigs in and around my home town of Austin, TX.
Question: Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?
Bethany Becker: Not really. I fell in love with music when I was really young and that love has never gone away. Of course sometimes I get tired and overwhelmed, but I've never thought about giving up. I can't imagine my life without music.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Bethany Becker: I love the energy and rush I feel when performing live. There's nothing like having people come to see me and hear my music. However, the more time I spend in the studio the more I develop a love of recording. I find the process of turning an idea into a fully produced song fascinating.
Question: What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Bethany Becker: Since I've wanted to go into the music industry since I was in the first grade, I've had many inspirations along the way. The first artist I admired was Hilary Duff, then Miley Cyrus, and eventually Taylor Swift introduced me to country music. Honestly, I find anyone who's working in the industry and creating passionate and beautiful music inspiring.
Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
Bethany Becker: Deciding to take music seriously was probably the hardest transition to make. I wondered if people would take my desire to be an artist seriously. Luckily, my parents were completely supportive and somehow things have worked out pretty well for me. This business is constantly pushing me out of my comfort zone, but I feel that every step I take is growing me as a person and an artist.
Question: What's a typical day like?
Bethany Becker: My typical day to day life is pretty normal. I'm seventeen, so I'm still in high school. I take my classes through homeschool programs and I take dual credit courses at the Austin Community College. When I'm not working on school or at church, I'm writing songs, training with my guitar and vocal instructors, practicing for my shows, doing interviews, and occasionally flying out to Nashville or somewhere else for my music. I still make sure I have plenty of time to hang out with my friends and family. Music hasn't killed my social life.
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
Bethany Becker: In a nutshell, getting to do what I love professionally and watching my dreams become a reality.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Bethany Becker: Probably Carrie Underwood, because she has an AMAZING voice and seems like a really sweet person.
Question: Do you have a website fans can visit?
Bethany Becker: Yes I do! It's BethanyBecker.com. Pretty self-explanatory!
Full Name: Bethany Diane Becker
Nickname(s): Sissy, Red, Bethy, Bob
Favourite Food: Cookies!
Favourite Film: The Hunger Games
Favourite Actor: Jennifer Lawrence
Pet: I can't pick just one! My dog, cat, and turtle.
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Either Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift
Hobbies/Interests: Music, Acting, watching action movies.
First Job: Actress
Are you a Pub, Bar or Club kind: I'm the under 21 addicted to Diet Coke kind.
What Can You Never Leave Home Without: My phone!
What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning: Can I get away with going back to sleep for 15 minutes?
Interview by Brooke Hunter