“BettySoo may well have the most gorgeous voice in Texas …if not in all contemporary folk – its purity and strength can be downright devastating.” – ACOUSTIC GUITAR
Raised outside Houston by first-generation Korean immigrant parents, educated at UT, she grew up listening to the Great American songbook and country radio. Older sisters led her to the world of singer/songwriters, and nights spent at The Cactus Café and Hole In The Wall turned her on to the legacy of Texas song.
She’s won the requisite awards: New Folk at Kerrville, Songwriter of the Year at Big Top Chautauqua, The Dave Carter Songwriting Award at Sisters Folk Festival, the Mountain Stage New Song Competition.
Until the novel corona-virus shutdown, the Nobody’s Girl project was touring nonstop, and their intelligent lyrics and tightly-woven harmonies keep their audiences entranced. She joined Bonnie Whitmore (“F@#k With Sad Girls”) in support of James McMurtry’s national tours. You’d likely see her onstage singing harmonies at CD release shows for artists such as Eliza Gilkyson, James Hyland, and Kim Richey. Music programmers have an embarrassment of riches to choose from. And listeners still have the opportunity to re-familiarize – or hear for the first time – the extraordinary talent that is BettySoo.
In the Time of COVID-19, BettySoo can be found cutting a unique path through the broad streaming landscape — and as with everything she does, she has approached it in a way that invites authentic connection, encourages compassion, and merits listening.