"It was a scary path to consider..."
One notable moment from The Voice, Season 7 was a contestant singing Beyoncé’s “Best Thing I Never Had.” She received a four-chair turn from Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton, while gaining attention from media across the nation. This 30-year-old sensation is Beth Spangler: AMTC SHINE graduate. With a heart for Christ and love for others, Beth is on her way to making a massive impact on today’s generation.
Tell us about some stuff that has gone on in your life recently! You have had some pretty big opportunities.
I have had some really great opportunities!!!! Since SHINE, I have released two singles, “Like A Bird” and “Bigger Than Love” on iTunes (Amazon, Google Play, and other digital retailers) and both of these songs are on Pandora and Spotify! I have my own Pandora Station!!! ….so crazy! lol.
In addition, I have had the opportunity to work with Grammy award winning producer, Chris “DEEP” Henderson, Grammy award winning songwriter, Crystal Johnson, and celebrity vocal coach RaAb Stevenson.
I have also gotten to perform in and around Atlanta. One of my favorite performances was of my unreleased single, “Amazing” for the InfluencHER awards. It was an honor to be a part of this ceremony.
I was listed among MTV.com’s most popular artists for 3 weeks in a row upon my release of “Like A Bird” peaking at #11!!!!
And I was on Season 7 of THE VOICE!! I was on team Adam after getting a four chair turn by the amazing Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, and Blake Shelton! And was stolen by Gwen Stefani in the battle rounds! It all still feels like a dream.
How was auditioning for The Voice? What was it like?
The Voice was an incredible experience. My first audition was in Atlanta and I went on to advance through several rounds before becoming one of the 103 contestants that were given a shot at a Blind Audition. It has been an exciting journey! God has blessed me with a lot of new, really wonderful friends, an outstanding amount of spiritual growth, a ton of experience and knowledge both personally and professionally, AND a really amazing testimony!
The opportunity to learn from some of the best in the music business has been a dream come true. This is experience that can not be bought. In addition, the production staff for The Voice is absolutely amazing! They really make the experience pleasant. I was sick during my experience on the show and they were so kind and accommodating. They are sincere people who really want to see you do well. For me, the best part of the experience was being able to wake up every morning and fall asleep every night knowing that I get to focus on doing what I love to do.
Tell us about your experience with AMTC and the SHINE Conference. What made you decide to audition? What was the best part?
I have always felt it was my calling to have a career in the music industry, but I shied away from every opportunity due to a fear of failure. I felt that calling even stronger after watching my dad suffer a severe heart attack and right leg amputation. He inspired me to do what I am passionate about and had always felt called to do. My mom saw the billboard for AMTC auditions in Augusta, Georgia, the very next morning and suggested I go. I almost gave into my fears again, but was eventually persuaded by my family. I am so thankful for their persistence because it was the best decision I could have ever made. The best part of auditioning was breaking free of the chains of fear and ultimately becoming an AMTC performer!
Aside from all the knowledge I gained and the amazing friends I made, I signed with my manager, Stone Stafford! (But to be completely honest…. I loved the entire experience from beginning to end!)
What doors did the SHINE Conference open up for you?
SHINE opened up many doors for me!. I have been given the opportunity to work and collaborate with some outstanding music professionals. If it were not for AMTC and SHINE, I likely would not have had the opportunity to ever meet or perform for Stone. Everything I have accomplished over the last 15 months began with that first performance at SHINE.
You grew up in a family full of musicians. What was that like? What made you decide that you wanted to pursue this as a career?
It was fun to grow up with a musical family. Everyone either sings or plays an instrument (or both). When we get together, it ALWAYS leads to singing and making music. I grew up admiring and imitating the musical gifts of my family members and looking forward to the next time we would all sit around and sing. Their constant encouragement and support helped me realize at a very young age that this was my calling.
Is your music necessarily in the “Christian” genre? What made you choose the specific genre?
Prior to AMTC I always assumed I would pursue music as a Christian artist. It wasn’t until I went through AMTC that I realized there is a significant need for Christians in the secular industry as well. I immediately felt called to be a light in that area. Initially it was a scary path to consider and still can be at times, but I know God walks beside me and goes before me, and that my light will continue to shine brightly as long as I hold tightly to Him. I have chosen to embark upon a career in the Pop genre, with specific sound being pop/soul.
What accomplishments have been your favorite throughout your singing career?
Definitely the release of “Like A Bird” and “Bigger Than Love." Releasing my own music and hearing how others have been inspired by it is absolutely incredible!
In addition, getting a four chair turn on NBC’s The Voice! Hearing 4 mega music stars say so many nice things about me and my God-given gift was mind blowing, exciting, and motivating! These are only two of so many!!
What has been one of the biggest struggles you have faced as a performer?
I think my greatest struggle as a performer is allowing myself to bless my audience instead of trying to impress them. I have always been my biggest critique … to a fault at times… This causes me to focus more on technicality during my performances instead of letting the emotion flow. I have learned throughout my experience on The Voice to put myself aside and let God move through me so He can accomplish His will through every song, performance, interview etc. Another struggle is figuring out HOW to bless my audience and glorify God when I am singing secular music. Sometimes I have a difficult time connecting with the songs I have to perform.
How did you overcome this? What did God reveal to you through everything?
It is still a work in progress! 😉 Constant prayer has gotten me through and helped me to overcome each challenge, as well as renewing my mind with His word.
God has revealed to me that I am exactly where He wants me and that He is going to lead me as long as I will allow Him to. He has also revealed that my only job is to be a willing vessel and to trust Him and He will do the rest. It puts me at ease knowing that the creator of the universe cares so much about me. It takes the worry out of everything.
What are your upcoming plans? What should we be looking our for?
I have been working on new music that I am excited to be releasing in 2015. I have also designed a collection of metallic ink jewelry for M.INK, a temporary tattoo jewelry company that will be out soon. In addition, my band and I will be scheduling lots of performances to promote my current singles and unreleased music. I am also thrilled to be a guest star performer for SHINE! Looking forward to seeing my AMTC family and friends!
(Words from Beth’s Manager, Stone) What do you look for in a performer?
Stone: Icon Studios is an A-list recording studio that caters to some of the industry’s top recording artists. Clients have included Akon, Justin Bieber, Usher, Monica, Cody Simpson, Gladys Knight, etc. As a manager (Stoneworx Ent.), I look for performers that are polished even if they have little to no experience. I look for performers who are driven, talented, and self motivated, among other things.
How did you decide to first meet Beth and sign her to your company? What made her stand out?
Stone: I met Beth while consulting performers at the Atlanta hub. The moment she walked in the door her smile and overall spirit brightened the room. She commanded your interest, attention and curiosity. When she told me she was going to sing a Stevie Wonder song, I was intrigued. The way she performed the song was very impressive. She has an innate musical/performing sensibility. From there, her performance at the SHINE Conference sealed the deal.
In what ways have you seen her grow, as an artist, since signing with you?
Stone: She is learning the ART of singing and continues to grow and learn about being and “artist”. She has come to realize that it’s much more than just getting in front of a mic and “letting it rip”. She has learned about the nuances and dynamics that must be involved in singing. Her greatest growth, however, is her participation in social media now. She realizes that so much of her career is dependent upon marketing.
Where do you see Beth a year from now?
Stone: By this time next year I see Beth on tour. Realistically, as an opening act for a major artist supporting and promoting the 2-3 hits she herself has on the Billboard charts. Her media presence will be in full swing.