Hannah Bethel is that rare artist who blurs lines between Americana, country, and rock. Her musical artistry is a reflection of who she is: a fierce, independent, wild, free and untamed spirit. After dedicating her life to music, Bethel has now risen to claim her place at the vanguard of independent singer/songwriters in Nashville’s vibrant music scene. Her music captures the essence of her signature sound by blending elements of the many genres and styles that have influenced her writing and creative expression. Being fearless and unafraid to bare her deepest feelings in her songs is a reflection of her lifestyle, from solo backpacking in the deserts of Arizona and the mystical Joshua Tree, to hiking snow-peaked mountains in Alaska, Bethel lives her life to the fullest. She has experienced deep love, great loss and the healing power of personal growth and redemption – and she translates those life experiences to listeners though her songs, music videos and live performances.
Bethel was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where as a child she studied dance and appeared in theater performances. She attended elementary school in nearby Oakfield, before moving to Houghton, Michigan where she went to middle and high school. She grew up listening to Country and Seventies Rock music. Drawing on influences from Tom Petty, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Willie Nelson, among others, she spent her teenage years traveling the upper Midwest performing at fairs, bars, talent shows, coffee houses, shopping malls and Country Western shows. She self-released her first record at age 17, and the following year she moved to Nashville where she released three more albums over a five year span.
Bethel’s career trajectory took a sharp upward turn following the release of her single and music video “Train” in October, 2018. A deeply personal song, “Train” was the beginning of a new chapter in her musical career, and one that saw her firmly taking the reins of her musical expression and how it is produced and presented. The visually stunning video, filmed in the mountains of west Texas, premiered at The Boot, and the single made its airwaves debut across multiple genre radio stations, including Lightning 100, Nashville’s long-running independent outlet known for playing groundbreaking Indie Rock and Alt Country music, and on Music City’s WSM Radio, arguably the definitive country music station in America. In quick succession, Bethel and “Train” were selected as a CMT Music “Artist Discovery” where Bethel and “Train” were featured across all CMT broadcast, online and social media platforms.
Bethel’s next single and music video, “Rhinestone Rodeo,” was released in May, 2019. It was premiered online by Billboard, and saw its national television premier on CMT Music in June. Bethel’s 2019 “Rhinestone Rodeo Tour” exposed the gypsy songstress to thousands of fans across the country with shows in seven states. From solo acoustic performances at venues like New York City’s famed Rockwood Music Hall, to full band shows at influential spaces including Tidball’s in Bowling Green and The City Winery in Nashville, Bethel mesmerized audiences with her electric live shows and profound connection to her craft.
Bethel released the single and “behind the scenes” in-studio music video “The House Is On Fire” in October 2019. The single was premiered simultaneously by Americana Highways and The Boot and was featured on the CMT “Next Women of Country” Spotify playlist. The official music video for the song was given its world premiere in March of 2020 on Ditty TV, a leading Americana music online and broadcast network. It was showcased on Gretsch Guitars‘ blog and debuted on CMT. The song also won First Place in the Americana category at the 2019 International Songwriting Competition.
2022 has seen Bethel release three singles, “Bad News Baby,” “Godspeed, Los Angeles” and “Someone’s Woman,” all from her highly anticipated new EP, ‘Until the Sun Comes Back Around.’ The six-song project, released in late March, has received critical acclaim from media across America and Europe, and inclusion on Americana, folk, and country editorial playlists at major outlets across the digital spectrum. On the heels of her latest music, she took home the award for top “Female Vocalist of the Year” (all genres) at the 2022 Appalachian Arts and Entertainment Awards.
Bethel tours across America and has opened for many artists across multiple genres, including The Black Lillies, Canaan Smith, Nine Days, Smithfield, The Beach Boys, Trisha Yearwood, and others. Her music has received acclaim from renowned publications including Billboard, The Washington Post, Americana Highways, The Alternate Root, Holler Country, Wide Open Country, Taste of Country, The Boot, Maverick Magazine, and others. She is also a “Featured Artist” endorsee of Gretsch Guitars, Furch Guitars, and Taylor Guitars.
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