It’s no secret that I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan…And through the years, I’ve been able to meet and connect with a lot of other incredibly cool Taylor fans, who are also incredibly talented and created themselves. Singer/songwriter Betsy Lane is one of those people. Though I’ve never met her, I’ve followed her career through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and am so impressed with her songwriting and honestly, just her perspective of this crazy world. She always seems to have a positive outlook on life and a refreshing take on telling a story through song. This is a girl living life to the fullest and dreaming big dreams, and it has been so exciting to hear and see all that she’s been up to in the meantime. This is just the beginning in her journey and now is your chance to get on board.
Awhile back, I asked her if she would want to do a Q&A for my blog, and she happily agreed to do so. So, here it is — a peek into Betsy Lane’s life!
Your songwriting is so precise and vivid with imagery in the way you tell a story. Is that something that has always come naturally for you or something that you’ve worked harder to achieve?
I have definitely grown a lot in the last few years but I think that songwriting has always been somewhat natural to me. I’ve been lucky to meet a good group of people I write with regularly and we’ve all been able to solidify a new sound that we’re proud of. In the end, I don’t think it really matters if you’re born with it or not – hard work will just push you further than anyone who’s not working.
What is a typical day like for you?
Every day is different! Co-writes, demos, work, school, etc. I graduate in May and am excited to be done with school.
What has the biggest ‘pinch me’ moment been for you?
Last year during a show, they played a pre-recorded interview before my set and they asked me “What’s a song you wish you’d written?” and I replied “Strawberry Wine” because it’s one of my favorite classics. The woman who wrote that song, Matraca Berg, was actually in the audience that night and she came up to me after to meet me! It was just a crazy moment. Definitely one I’ll remember forever.
What are some things you still hope to accomplish in your lifetime?
Right now I’m focusing on a pub deal and then eventually pursuing artistry as a full time job. I would love to be nominated for a CMA awards and eventually a Grammy if that’s in the cards! I want to bring some of my best friends as my red carpet date to events like that just because we’ve talked about it for so long. I just want to do what I love!
Where’s the one place you feel most inspired to write?
There’s not really a specific place! If I’m feeling the song idea, then it’ll turn out okay regardless of where I’m writing! Where is the craziest spot you’ve ever written a song or had an idea for one? – I’ve written on airplanes, in airports, in class on the margins of my notes. Really I’ll write wherever I can!
What advice do you have for other 20-somethings chasing a dream that feels impossible right now?
There are going to be so many people who tell you no… and you can believe them if you want, but if this is something you’re actually pursuing in full force and something you believe in, then you won’t let them change your mind.
What was it like to be able to release your EP, “Southern Crazy” on iTunes? What has the response to it been like?
Crazy that it was almost two years ago, but it was a great experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything. The response was better than I could’ve imagined.
If you could tour with any musician right now, who would it be?
I’ve always loved Dan + Shay, but I also think that opening for someone like Ellie Goulding or Tori Kelly would hit the spot. I know they’re not necessarily country, but they’re some of my faves.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? How did it help you?
“Follow your compass.” It’s so easy to be passive or silent or ignore what your heart is telling you – but if you follow your compass, you’ll end up where you’re supposed to.
What’s the one thing you want to be remembered for in years to come?
If there’s one thing I’m remembered for, I want people to look at me and see love. I want people to know that I did my best to love them like Jesus loves them, and to simply remind them that they are loved… because it’s easy to forget that when life gets hard.
If you want to check out Betsy Lane’s music for yourself, you can visit her SoundCloud and check out a few of her demo’s: https://soundcloud.com/betsylanemusic.
That’s all for now,