Betty Who plans two N.C. shows next week

Jessica Anne Newham, aka Betty Who, performs in Raleigh on June 23, 2015, and Charlotte on June 24, 2015. / Photo submitted

By Alexis Dickerson
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

   Jessica Anne Newham, better known by her stage name, Betty Who, is an Australian singer-songwriter currently touring the U.S.
Betty Who will come to North Carolina for two shows next week — 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kings, 14. W. Martin St., Raleigh, and 8 p.m. Wednesday at Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. Tickets are $15 for the Raleigh show and can be purchased at etix.com. For more details, visit www.kingsbarcade.com or call (919) 833-1091.
The Charlotte show is sold out.
She took some time out on Monday to talk to Teens & Twenties about the tour, music and more.
Teens & Twenties: You’ve been in the music industry for a while, but you have really blown up in the last two to three years, releasing two EPs and a debut album. How have you handled this rapid rise in popularity?
Betty Who: You know, it seems like it’s been fast, but for me it’s felt very gradual. It’s felt very gradual, really wonderful. So it actually hasn’t been one of those things where I think “How do I get through this?”
      Teen & Twenties: From having your song, “Somebody Loves You” being featured in the wedding proposal viral video, to appearing on popular YouTuber Tyler Oakley’s channel, your career seems intertwined with the Internet. How have you utilized this?
Betty Who: You know I think that Internet is pretty much responsible for my rise to fame. Without the Internet being such a vast platform, I wouldn’t have gotten as far as I have. I am so lucky to have the support that I’ve had over the last three, four years when people have shared my work and I don’t think I would be where I am right now without those people.
Teens & Twenties: Your music has this “indie” quality to it which people find nostalgic and reminiscent of the ’80s. What’s influenced your musical style?
Betty Who: I think the way my music came about was me sitting and listening to a bunch of different things that I really liked and felt inspired by, taking in what I liked and leaving out what I didn’t. Figuring out what works for me and did it sound good and thinking, “What makes this right, what makes me love this (the part of the song)?”
   Teens & Twenties: You’ve been touring for almost two years non-stop, how have your performances evolved from then to now?
  Betty Who: For my first couple of shows, I was more so just fumbling around at the time. I hoped I seemed daring (laughs) but now I’m much more comfortable. I’ve just been in touring “boot camp” for the last two years and it’s really exciting and one of my favorite aspects of what I do.
Teens & Twenties: You will be playing at King’s in Raleigh on Tuesday. What do you want to say to anyone reading this who is thinking about going?
Betty Who: This will be my first show in Raleigh ever and I’m really excited. I’m just looking forward to seeing a new part of the country I haven’t been to. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about how beautiful the city is and I’m just happy to be there and meet everybody.

Alexis Dickerson is a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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