Being a third generation musician, what are some of the biggest things you were able to learn from your family that shaped you into the artist you are today?
Betsey Long: My dad has always taught me not to take anything too seriously. When I would get upset, he would start dancing like a fool and I’d immediately felt better. He has helped me musically in so many ways. I’m a lucky girl! Dad has always been there for me through thick and thin.
Your father is a renowned guitarist that has played with the likes of, Aretha Franklin. Growing up what were the experiences that had an impact on you?
Betsey Long: My dad has always accompanied me if I needed it. He has always played for me if I needed him. Each time he would tell me to “have fun.” That always calmed my nerves. He also reminded me that my gift comes from God, and I will always remember that.
Aside, from growing up around a musical family, what made you want to choose music as a career?
Betsey Long: I would watch VH1 music videos all day growing up and watching those artists achieve their dreams inspired me to go all the way. Everyone has been given a gift, and it’s their job to utilize that gift in whatever career they will be happiest. For me, I want to reach people through my music. So the only way to do that is to work as a recording artist and hope to touch zillions of people!
How do you describe your sound and style?
Betsey Long: I love to dance, I’m a romantic, boys piss me off, and I play piano. Add all of that that together and you’ve got my sound. My songs range anywhere from an up beat dance tune to a romantic song about someone I love.
You are described as changing the stereotype of the Nashville music community and how do you believe you are able to achieve this task?
Betsey Long: All that Nashville seems to produce is Country, Christian, a little Rock, but never Pop. I am proud to be a Nashvillian, but I intend on coming out of Nashville as an obvious Pop artist, not an assumed Country, Christian, or Rock artists just because I’m from Nashville.
Who were some musical artist that you grew up admiring and have been influential to you?
Betsey Long: Michael Jackson has always been an influence of mine. Michael wasn’t afraid to be an original. When he would dance it didn’t look human. Michael is a legend, and seeing that made me want to work even harder to reach his level or higher.
What are some of your goals you would like achieve through music?
Betsey Long: I would like to help people through break ups, heart breaks, or give them a song to slow dance to with a loved one, all while incorporating my love for the Lord to those who don’t believe in him. As a Christian I am called to spread the good news to non- believers and performing in a genre that rarely speaks of Christianity gives me the chance to reach out to non- believers.
When it comes to what you discuss in your music, are there any themes or topics you try to focus on?
Betsey Long: I typically write about love. I have been hurt, fallen in love, been the bad guy, and had harmless crushes on boys. I also have several things that inspire me, and if I feel inspired I write about it. For example. My song “Self Respect” is about a girl trying to steal my boyfriend. This has happened in my life and will happen again to other girls. It’s nice to have a song to sing along to when you are feeling betrayed.
What has it mean to you, to be given such praise and respect, from individuals in such a short time even thou you have been working on your craft your whole life?
Betsey Long: I feel truly blessed that I have gained this much success in such a short time. I have been told that in life you are always climbing a ladder, and you should enjoy the climb while maintaining patience. It’s hard to enjoy the moment when you see something you want so clearly, but I have learned that every second counts and I don’t want to lose a single one!