About BeThisBell

Guitarist & vocalist Beth Bell (Bio: http://www.sonicbids.com/band/bethbell/), and guitarist Justin Hays met at music college (ACM@UCO) and formed the band BeThisBell in Spring 2011. Shortly thereafter Cody Fowler (who is also in the band Horse Thief, signed to Bella Union Records) joined the band on bass and turned us on to Kellan Turner on drums. The band has played shows at various venues, music festivals, and pride festivals Oklahoma City, OK, and Dallas, TX, and the band's music has received FM radio airplay and been selected by several Sonicbids promoters for various licensing, airplay, and other performance opportunities.

After graduating from music college in 2013, the band began recording We Are The Gods! at Bell Labs in Norman, OK, with producer Trent Bell (Chainsaw Kittens) at Bell Labs, Norman, OK. We brought in Nick Ley of the band colourmusic (and now a member of The Flaming Lips), in to play drums on the album. Justin & Beth played all the rhythm guitar parts on the album. Our friend Blaise Thompson of the bands Moon, and Drainbows, and Beth laid down all the lead guitar parts on the album, with Justin laying down the lead on Ruby. The band's sound is alternative rock painted with psychedelic, proto-punk, indie-rock, garage, shoegaze, & blues-rock influences.

Due to the strength of it's first album, the band recently picked up a music publishing administration deal with Essex Music Intl., Inc., which also administers publishing rights for David Bowie. Garrett Haines of Treelady Studios mastered the album. Both Trent and Garrett are former grammy award winners for their prior studio work. The band's first album We Are The Gods! was officially released on September 15, 2014.  https://soundcloud.com/bethisbell/sets/bethisbell-album-we-are-the-gods

The band followed up their September 2014 WATG! album with a 5 song EP "Work It Out" released this past April (2015).  Whereas, We Are The Gods! told a dark angry twisting story ending in hope. Work It Out is, as the title suggests, a workman-like effort at delivering on that hope, living out that dream. From Beth's soaring guitar work - pouring her soul out in Bleed, to the passionate plea at the end of the EP to let your individual light Shine On, the contemporary alternative vibe of Work It Out finds society right where it lives musically. Produced by Trent Bell, the band's Work It Out EP is another well-crafted work of contemporary sonic art. https://soundcloud.com/bethisbell/sets/work-it-out-ep

The band is returning to the studio to record another album with Trent Bell producing in Oklahoma City, OK, in August.  Details soon.

Frontperson Beth Bell also recently released a single Love Sublime (A-side) with Hey Humboldt! (B-side) on July 28, 2015.  She is also a published poet signed to a book publishing deal and has recently released two books in 2015, an existentialist poetry collection and an illustrated children's book.

Music Publicist:  Jory White, Vesperize PR (San Francisco, CA)
Music Attorney:  Tomy McDonald (Tulsa, OK)
Music Publishers:  Essex Music Intl., Inc., TRO Workshop Prod., Inc., and WCI Publishing, L.L.C.

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About BeTh Bell

I am the bastard love child of Janis Joplin & Jim Morrison, except that one day while Jimbo took a trip in the desert, Janis was in NYC banging Lou Reed. It's all a little fuzzy from there ... and yes, I'm actually a girl! ... well, currently!

Meet BeTh: I used to do civil rights law, was pretty good at it, if you're in the midwest, you even have rights on the job because of a case I worked on. Around the turn of the new century, I was diagnosed with Gender Identity disorder and began to transition from male to female. That was a difficult journey. But I am who I am & like who I am now,  Sometimes society does not make it easy to be yourself, but being your true self is the only path.  Be yourself. 
Let the world experience your true light.

"I live to create, fucking art for the masses, this bitch loves to rock!"
- BeTh's personal haiku! :),

I've always been interested in music. Picked up a guitar in high school, but never stuck with it back then. After my divorce & during the whole transition process, writing songs kept me sane. If not for songwriting & music, I would have lost hope & would not be here. That's a pretty serious, but true, statement. In light of my gender change, I decided to go to music college to pursue music. And I'm thankful that I did, because my songwriting & performance skills have improved greatly. I don't have much opportunity or the money to return to law ... so got to find a way to make this work for the sake of my twins!

OR SOMETHING!!" ... a fan ... I just love my fans!

The WATG! album is a ride through depression, despair, and eventually finding acceptance of your true self.  Perhaps because the songs mirror my journey, many people have told me that when they listen to the new album, it has an almost magical therapeutic effect for those experiencing going through similar emotional struggle & pain.   It's been a hard journey, and these songs are a relection of that, but they also reflect the wisdom that the pain of the soul can bring, it's healing power, and how the depth of one's emotions create grace.  And beauty.  We are all beautiful. 
I truly hope that you know how beautiful and special you are to the world.  We need you!

BeTh iBell's music has been described as "edgy, subversive," "passionate," "innovative," "alternative art at its best"
"which redefines 'dark' as a plausible blend of the psychedelic & the acoustic!", and BeTh as "an artist who is truly one of a kind!"  
BeTh is a 3 time Top 10 category finalist in the USA Songwriting Contest -and- a TAXI Top 10 monthly songwriter pick (7/08).

I recently received my Bachelor's degree in music performance and music business in May 2013 from ACM@UCO.
I would like to eventually teach.  And tour.  That would be sweet.  And fight.  For your right to be yourself too.

I am a songwriter.  A teller of tales.  A painter of sounds.

Thanks for your support!
BeTh Bell

Contact Beth at bethisbellmusic@gmail.com
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