It’s challenging enough being a music artist and not giving too much weight to people’s perceptions of the kind of music one should make, or how one should sound. That’s just downright boring, residing in the comfort zone. However, there are those artists who simply step up to the stage and do their thing while melting away any kind of expectations audiences may have had beforehand, if any. That, dear music lover, happens to be the talent, and the voice, of the mighty BettySoo.
Even BettySoo herself has admitted, with a chuckle, that people are sometimes taken by surprise when they hear her perform, from her incredible vocals to the emotional depth her songs carry. “I guess Asian-American singer-songwriters aren’t that common, at least, not in Texas,” she once said. And you get a mix of everything – straight-on folk rock to jangly pop, some familiar styles with uncommon twists. Again, that’s the mark of a great songwriter and performer.
BettySoo is tonight’s special guest on the bill for songwriter Jaimee Harris‘ Artist in Residency series at the Cactus Cafe, at 24th and Guadalupe in the Texas Union building. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the music begins at 8 p.m. Recommended.
-Photography by Valerie Fremin.