Recently named one of Time magazine’s up-and-coming musicians to watch in 2014, Betty Who is on her way to becoming a pop-music chart-topper.
Who She Is: Betty Who is the stage name of 22-year-old Sydney-born singer-songwriter Jessica Anne Newham. She made her way to the United States in her teens to pursue her musical dreams and attend the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Mich., and Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. At Berklee, Betty Who met producer Peter Thomas, and the pair has been producing music together ever since, including the 2013 EP The Movement, as well as her follow-up EP due out on RCA this spring.
Why She’s the Next Katy Perry: Two words: catchy pop. With her angelic voice and backing electro beats, Betty Who’s songs grab you and don’t let go. As Perry has done with “Roar,” “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream” and others, so is Betty Who able to do with perfect pitch and killer choruses. “My sound is a mix of warm retro synths and belted choruses, written with the intention of making you dance around your kitchen in your underwear, Risky Business–style,” she says.
In addition to music that makes you want to move, Betty Who’s lyrical content, like Perry’s, leans toward personal accounts of relationships and love — both ongoing and lost.
Influences: Betty Who comes by her pop songs honestly, having been influenced by not only some of the finest female singers but also the hottest artists to top the charts. “My musical influences range anywhere from Sting to Joni Mitchell to Michael Jackson to ’N Sync,” she says.
Download: “Somebody Loves You,” “You’re in Love” and “Right Here”