Beth Orton is a folksy singer songwriter and electronica siren all in one. She has collaborated with Terry Callier, Mazzy Star-s David Roback, The Chemical Brothers, Ben Harper, and Ben Watt from Everything But The Girl. She has a knack for choosing interesting artists to work with and always manages to create engaging music regardless of whom her collaborator may be. While Beth has had many outside collaborators Beth's own band has remained consistent over the years. Her band is: Ted Barnes (guitar), Sean Read (keyboards), Ali Friend (bass) and Will Blanchard (drums).
Beth Orton-s sublime debut album in 1993 was the limited edition Japanese only release, Superpinkymandy, that found Beth working with William Orbit. The album is a brilliant electronic songbook that sadly has long been out of print. Currently, the Toshiba/EMI album (only 5000 were made) commands hundreds of dollars at auction. It was Orbit who helped guide Beth toward a solo career after working together on his Strange Cargo project.
Beth has gone on to record Trailer Park (Dedicated - 1996), Best Bit EP (Dedicated - 1997) Central Reservation (Arista - 2000) and Daybreaker (Astralwerks/Emd - 2002).
In 2000, Beth Orton won the Best British Female Brit Award for her Central Reservation album. The Brit is the equivalent of the American Grammy Award. In America, Beth Orton-s profile is rising as evidenced in 2002 where she was one of the star attractions at b>KCRW-s benefit concert, A Sounds Eclectic Evening.
Daybreaker, was released in the summer of 2002. Beth says the title is a "made; up word to describe the sun coming up, the start of a new day and the sound of a record playing as the dawn breaks." The first single Concrete Sky was co-written by Beth and ex-Smiths guitar slinger Johnny Marr and features vocal accompaniment by Ryan Adams.
Beth Orton has visited the KCRW studios several times over the last few years as a guest DJ and performer charming listeners with her smooth as silk smoky vocals and her heartbreaking songs that glisten with raw beauty.
- Harold Cane (http://www.bethorton.mu)
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