Beth Arentsen is a singer, published songwriter and vocal coach residing in Charlotte, North Carolina.
A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Beth got her start singing in the Off-Broadway production of “Bible Women” written and directed by Elizabeth Swados (Runaways) and musically directed by Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). With advice from Liz to focus on her songwriting, Beth self-produced a demo which landed her a record deal with the Chicago indie label NoVo Records.
As the front woman and co-writer of the newly formed electro-funk collective, P-1, Beth and her band released two nationally-distributed albums (Step through NoVo/Lightyear/WEA and Power through NoVo/Ryko).
The band had immediate success on commercial and satellite radio, music placements in film and television and performed to sold-out audiences in premier national venues.
Inspired by the success of P-1, Beth focused her energy into a more personal project. The end result was Sap, produced by Jimi Zhivago (Rufus Wainwright) and recorded at The Magic Shop in NYC. Sap departed from the electro vibe of P-1 in favor of a more stripped-down telling of Beth’s tales that drew upon Beth’s early childhood on the ocean and experiences living above the asphalt. Her 2009 self release, Nicer, fused together both the acoustic qualities of Sap and the electronic influences of her P-1 albums.
Beth has performed for intimate audiences at Joe’s Pub, Merkin Concert Hall, the John Drew Theater (Guild Hall) among other national venues, charity events and music festivals, including Nona Hendryx’s (Labelle) Hopestock tour. Beth is married to her high school sweetheart and together they are raising their two young children. She is currently writing new music and teaching voice.
Beth on Liz Swados, Michael Friedman and Jimi Zhivago:
“Working alongside these creative artists was a precious gift. They inspired and influenced my music and career, and I cherished their friendship. May their beautiful souls rest in eternal peace.”
Photo courtesy of Craig Bailey, Joe’s Pub, Public Theater