University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: Singer-songwriter BettySoo in Highways & Byways Series

September 26, 2012
Singer-songwriter BettySoo
Singer-songwriter BettySoo

Singer-songwriter BettySoo Performs for UMHB Highways & Byways Series


Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Conservatory of Music is kicking off this year’s Highways & Byways, a traditional and folk music concert series with a performance by singer/songwriter BettySoo on Friday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall’s Hughes Recital Hall on the UMHB Campus.

BettySoo is full of surprises. People are surprised just to see her take the stage, plain-faced, petite, and freckly. Audiences don’t have any idea what to expect. They certainly do not expect her large voice and moving songs.

“I guess Asian-American singer-songwriters aren’t that common,” BettySoo said. “at least, not in Texas.”

BettySoo’s first two studio albums, Let Me Love You and Little Tiny Secrets, were well received by critics. Their success lead to invitations to perform overseas and earned her multiple songwriting awards, including songwriter of the year awards from the Kerrville New Folk, Wildflower! Festival, and Big Top Chautauqua. Recently BettySoo teamed with seasoned producer Gurf Morlix to record her latest album Heat Sin Water Skin. In the album, BettySoo brings added edge and grit to the heartbreaker ballads for which she has come to be known. Since the album’s release, BettySoo has been performing on stages across the country including South By Southwest in Austin, the Tin Pan South in Nashville, and the Sister Folk Festival in Oregon.

While nestled securely in the folk-rock world, she is always bringing something new to her listeners. There’s a little gospel, some straight-ahead folk, a bit of twang, and even some familiar oldies in her repertoire. Just as comfortable solo as she is fronting her six-piece band, BettySoo has charmed audiences with not just her musical talent but also her off-beat humor and disarming personality.

Admission to Friday’s performance is free to all UMHB students and just $10 for members of the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information please call the College of Visual and Performing Arts at (254) 295-4678.