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by Beth Arentsen

With emotionally charged lyrics, a head-turning voice, and a commanding stage presence that is uniquely her own, Beth boldly forges forward in the tradition of singer- songwriter greats from Laura Nyro to Kate Bush to Alanis Morissette on her new EP.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Earthquake
4:37 album only
2. Nicer
2:56 album only
3. Heart on Hold
5:58 album only
4. Gossip Queen
2:54 album only
5. Good Listener
3:53 album only
6. He Knows
3:06 album only


Album Notes
"Take the piano chops of Tori Amos, the self-confessional lyrics of Fiona Apple, the melodic
sensibility of Sarah McLachlan and the grit of Rachael Yamagata, mix it all together and you
have the sheer brilliance that is singer/songwriter BETH ARENTSEN." - Perez Hilton

With emotionally charged lyrics, a head-turning voice, and a commanding stage presence
that is uniquely her own, Beth Arentsen boldly forges forward in the tradition of singer-
songwriter greats -- from Laura Nyro to Kate Bush to Alanis Morissette -- on her fourth
release, Nicer.

Self-produced by Arentsen with Lenae A. Harris, mixed by Eric Yoder, and mastered by Tony
Gillis, Nicer fuses together the two milieus of Arentsen's musical roots: acoustic-based
melodies and edgy electronic production. Says the New York-New Jersey based artist, "After
my solo debut Sap, I continued to compose melodies on piano, but I knew that I wanted to
set these pieces apart from my previous work. They stand alone when performed on piano,
but I think they really thrive in their new pop-synth world."

Indeed, the songs range from the propulsive Eurythmics-inspired beats of the title track to
the haunting soundscape of "Earthquake," a song that never ceases to garner voracious
seals of approval from Arentsen's audience.

That audience expanded exponentially this past summer when the legendary Nona Hendryx
invited Beth Arentsen to inaugurate HopeStock: Music to Bailout Your Soul, a NYC-based
concert series featuring both emerging and established artists. Arentsen performed dates
that included stops at Merkin Hall, SOB's, Housing Works, and Guild Hall (East Hampton,
NY). Joining artists like Bobby Long, Maiysha, Martha Redbone, and Hendryx marked an
exciting chapter in the artist's career. "It was so gratifying to be a part of something larger
than myself. Performing alongside Nona and company was such a blast," enthuses Arentsen.

Beth Arentsen "NICER" AUTUMN 2009 TOUR DATES

September 11: John Drew Theater -- East Hampton, NY
October 3: Barnes & Noble In-Store -- Holmdel, NJ
October 6: The Living Room -- New York, NY
October 25: Middletown Arts Center -- Middletown, NJ
November 19: The Living Room -- New York, NY
November 22: Strand Theater -- Lakewood, NJ
December 13: Urban Stages -- New York, NY
December 18: Wölffer Estate Vineyard -- Sagaponack, NY

Beth Arentsen moved to New York City to study experimental theater at NYU’s Tisch School
of the Arts and to perform her music in Lower Manhattan's music halls. It was her love of
songwriting that eventually led Beth to Austin’s SXSW. Armed with a demo and a smile,
Beth caught the interest of a Chicago label, NoVo Records, which signed her to be the front
woman of the [jazz-funk] band, P-1. Crossing all formats and genres, P-1 released two
albums (Step through NoVo/Lightyear/WEA and Power through NoVo/Ryko) enjoyed
commercial radio play (including #1 hit "P-1 Groove" on NYC's CD 101.9) and landed songs
in film and television (Fox Searchlight's Trust the Man and ABC's Samantha Who?)

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 dew upon Beth’s early childhood on the ocean and experiences
living above the asphalt. Her most recent release, Nicer, fuses together both the acoustic
qualities of Sap and the electronic influences of her P-1 albums.

Beth regularly performs in New York City at Joe's Pub and The Living Room and in Asbury
Park, NJ at The Saint and Twisted Tree. Other national venues include: The Metro (Chicago),
Eisenhower Park Summer Stage (Long Island, NY), the John Drew Theater (East Hampton,
NY) as well as many festivals, colleges, benefits and product launches including, Scion. She
has also appeared live on commercial and satellite radio and morning television.
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