'Take the piano chops of Tori Amos, the self-confessional lyrics of Fiona Apple, the melodic sensibility of Sarah McLachlan and the grit of Rachael Yamagata, mix it all together and you have the sheer brilliance that is singer/songwriter BETH ARENTSEN.' - Perez Hilton With emotionally charged lyrics, a head-turning voice, and a commanding stage presence that is uniquely her own, Beth Arentsen boldly forges forward in the tradition of singer- songwriter greats -- from Laura Nyro to Kate Bush to Alanis Morissette -- on her fourth release, Nicer. Self-produced by Arentsen with Lenae A. Harris, mixed by Eric Yoder, and mastered by Tony Gillis, Nicer fuses together the two milieus of Arentsen's musical roots: acoustic-based melodies and edgy electronic production. Says the New York-New Jersey based artist, 'After my solo debut Sap, I continued to compose melodies on piano, but I knew that I wanted to set these pieces apart from my previous work. They stand alone when performed on piano, but I think they really thrive in their new pop-synth world.' Indeed, the songs range from the propulsive Eurythmics-inspired beats of the title track to the haunting soundscape of 'Earthquake,' a song that never ceases to garner voracious seals of approval from Arentsen's audience. That audience expanded exponentially this past summer when the legendary Nona Hendryx invited Beth Arentsen to inaugurate HopeStock: Music to Bailout Your Soul, a NYC-based concert series featuring both emerging and established artists. Arentsen performed dates that included stops at Merkin Hall, SOB's, Housing Works, and Guild Hall (East Hampton, NY). Joining artists like Bobby Long, Maiysha, Martha Redbone, and Hendryx marked an exciting chapter in the artist's career. 'It was so gratifying to be a part of something larger than myself. Performing alongside Nona and company was such a blast,' enthuses Arentsen. Beth Arentsen 'NICER' AUTUMN 2009 TOUR DATES September 11: John Drew Theater -- East Hampton, NY October 3: Barnes & Noble In-Store -- Holmdel, NJ October 6: The Living Room -- New York, NY October 25: Middletown Arts Center -- Middletown, NJ November 19: The Living Room -- New York, NY November 22: Strand Theater -- Lakewood, NJ December 13: Urban Stages -- New York, NY December 18: Wölffer Estate Vineyard -- Sagaponack, NY BETH ARENTSEN -- BIOGRAPHY Beth Arentsen moved to New York City to study experimental theater at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and to perform her music in Lower Manhattan's music halls. It was her love of songwriting that eventually led Beth to Austin's SXSW. Armed with a demo and a smile, Beth caught the interest of a Chicago label, NoVo Records, which signed her to be the front woman of the [jazz-funk] band, P-1. Crossing all formats and genres, P-1 released two albums (Step through NoVo/Lightyear/WEA and Power through NoVo/Ryko) enjoyed commercial radio play (including #1 hit 'P-1 Groove' on NYC's CD 101.9) and landed songs in film and television (Fox Searchlight's Trust the Man and ABC's Samantha Who?) Inspired by the success of P-1, Beth focused her energy into a more personal project. The end result was Sap, produced by Jimi Zhivago (Rufus Wainwright) and recorded at The Magic Shop in NYC. Sap departed from the electro vibe of P-1 in favor of a more stripped-down telling of Beth's tales that dew upon Beth's early childhood on the ocean and experiences living above the asphalt. Her most recent release, Nicer, fuses together both the acoustic qualities of Sap and the electronic influences of her P-1 albums. Beth regularly performs in New York City at Joe's Pub and The Living Room and in Asbury Park, NJ at The Saint and Twisted Tree. Other national venues include: The Metro (Chicago), Eisenhower Park Summer Stage (Long Island, NY), the John Drew Theater (East Hampton, NY) as well as many festivals, colleges, benefits and product launches including, Scion. She has also appeared live on commercial and satellite radio and morning television. For inquiries, contact Flying Perfect Media: firstname.lastname@example.org.