Alabama-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Beth Thornley is equally proud of, confused by, and slightly frightened of the list of musical artists to which her sound has been compared.
“There are as many male artists as female,” she laughs.
The songwriting and music on her first two releases have been compared to everything from Aimee Mann and Tegan and Sara to Death Cab for Cutie and Ben Folds. Perhaps the reason no two people seem to agree is because she infuses her writing style with many influences and then makes it her own with a unique sense of melody, harmony and lyrical twists and turns.
No mean feat for a completely independent artist, Thornley’s tracks have been featured in a variety of television and film projects including episodes of Friday Night Lights, The Hills, Newport Harbor, Making the Band, Life, Jack and Bobby, Paris Hilton’s My New BFF, Everwood, Scrubs, and Beautiful People, while also appearing on the feature film soundtracks of The Perfect Man (Hillary Duff), Between (Poppy Montgomery) and Play the Game (Andy Griffith and Doris Roberts).
With her new album Wash U Clean, Thornley continues her relentless exploration of the countless genres making up the landscape of modern pop music.
“I like to write in a variety of styles,” says Beth. “As a piano-based singer/songwriter it’s very easy to fall into all-too familiar patterns, so I like to step into some different musical shoes for inspiration.”
From the first baritone sax honks of the opening track to the cheerful ukulele-driven defilement of good-luck charms in the final track, Thornley and producer Rob Cairns work to give each song its own unique life, sound palette and color. The entire album can be streamed at www.beththornley.com/advance .
Don’t miss your opportunity to catch this captivating artist live. The Hotel Café date in Los Angeles is the album release show and Beth will be playing with an extra large band. The remainder of the dates will see Beth and her producer Rob Cairns performing as a duo.
Dates are as follows:
Saturday, February 6 -- Hotel Café, Los Angeles (with extra large band) www.hotelcafe.com
Sunday, February 21 -- LeStat's, San Diego www.lestats.com
Thursday, February 25 -- Zoey's, Ventura www.zoeyscafe.com
Saturday, February 27 -- Gypsy Den, Santa Ana www.gypsyden.com/
Tuesday, March 2 -- SOhO, Santa Barbara www.sohosb.com
Wednesday, March 3 -- Last Stage West, Atascadero (San Luis Obispo) www.laststagewest.net
Sunday, March 7 -- Luna's, Sacramento www.lunascafe.com