Beth Hirsch

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Beth Hirsch
Born (1967-10-18) October 18, 1967 (age 49)
Tampa, Florida, United States
Genres Pop
Years active 1998–present
Labels Studio !K7
Associated acts Air
Website www.bethhirsch.com

Beth Hirsch (born October 18, 1967) is a singer-songwriter from Tampa, Florida. Hirsch is best known for her collaboration with Air on their album Moon Safari. Her first solo album, Early Days, was released in 2000, followed by Titles & Idols in 2001. After a series of collaborations with artists including Pale 3, Jakatta, and D*Note, Hirsch released her third solo album Wholehearted, in 2007.

Career[edit]

Hirsch grew up in Tampa, Florida, before moving to Boston in 1992 where she continued her theater career.[1] She moved on to Paris where she began her recording career with the EP Miner's Son, released in 1998.[1][2] The EP was heard by Hirsch's neighbor, Nicolas Godin, and his musical partner in Air, Jean Benoit Dunkel, with whom she collaborated on their Moon Safari album, co-writing and providing vocals on "All I Need" and "You Make It Easy".[1][3] She toured with Air throughout Europe and the US before settling in London.[1] Her second EP, P-Town Rubies, was released in 1999 on British independent label Dorado, which was followed by a UK tour with Terry Callier.[1][4] Her collaboration with Wasis Diop, "Everything (Is Never Quite Enough)", from his Toxu album, appeared on the soundtrack of the remade The Thomas Crown Affair.[1]

Hirsch's debut solo album, Early Days was released in August 2000, with "Life Is Mine" taken from it as a single.[5] The album received a three-star review from Allmusic, but got a 'bomb' rating from Robert Christgau.[6][7]

Her second album, the Black Dog (Ken Downie) and Custom Blue-produced Titles & Idols, was released in 2001 to generally positive reviews.[8][9][10][11][12]

Third album, the self-released Wholehearted (2007), received a four-star review from Allmusic.[13]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "Miner's Son" (1998, Artefact)
  • P-Town Rubies EP (1999, Dorado)
  • "Life Is Mine" (2000, !K7)
  • "Nest Sensation" (2001, !K7)
  • "Indelibly You" (2008, Electric Bee)
  • "Something to Tell"/"So Many Things" (2010, Ho-Hum)
  • "Confusion" (2012, Venus Recordings) (as AlfaBeth)
  • "Let Him Go And Go To God" (2014, Venus Recordings) (as AlfaBeth)
  • "Love Is For Everyone" (2014, Self-Raising Records)
  • "Summer" (2015, Venus Recording) (as AlfaBeth)

Collaborations[edit]

  • D*Note - D*Note (1997). Featuring Beth Hirsch
  • Wasis Diop - Toxu (1998). Vocals on "Everything (...Is Never Quite Enough)"
  • Air - Moon Safari (1998). Vocals on "All I Need", "You Make It Easy"
  • Marc Collin - Les Kidnappeurs soundtrack (1998). Vocals on "Main Theme"
  • Pale 3 - The Princess and the Warrior soundtrack (2000). Vocals on "The Tunnel"
  • Fred Avril - "That Horse Must Be Starving" (2002). Vocals on "Helium Life Boat".
  • Jakatta - Visions (2002). Vocals on "One Fine Day", "Home Away from You"
  • Pale 3 - Crash (Music from and Inspired by the Film) (2005). Vocals on "Arrival"
  • D*Note - Laguna (2006). Vocals on "Everybody Loves the Sunsine", "Wichita Lineman", "At Last I'm Free", "How Long", "Guinevere", "Edit and the Kingpin", "Then Along Came You", and "Being Alive".
  • Various Artists - Café del Mar, vol.15 (2008). Vocals on "Under My Star", with Gelka.
  • Billy Rivera - "21 Grief Street" (2011). Vocals on "Cold Corner"
  • Rosita Kess - Northern Sky (2011). Vocals on "Northern Sky"
  • Karmacoda - Eternal (2011). Vocals on "Love Will Turn Your Head Around".
  • Solar Bears - Supermigration (2013). Vocals on "Our Future Is Underground".
  • Bright Light Bright Light - "Make Me Believe In Hope (Blueprints Version)" (2013). Vocals on "Grace".
  • The Willow - "In The Meanwhile" (2013). Vocals on "So Many Things".
  • Karmacoda - "Love And Fate" (2015). Vocals on "All For Love", "We Don't Have A Lot Of Time" and "Message".
  • Cross & Quinn - "Cold Sky Blue" (2016). Vocals on "Cold Sky Blue".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Wilson, Mackenzie "Beth Hirsch Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2016
  2. ^ Coley, Bella (2011) "Beth Hirsch. Sultry, Floridian Vocalist Plays Globally", Metro Jacksonville, February 24, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2016
  3. ^ Simpson, Dave (2016) "How we made Air's Moon Safari", The Guardian, May 31, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2016
  4. ^ Pride, Dominic (1999) "Hirsch Offers Solo 'Rubies' on Dorado", Billboard, July 10, 1999. Retrieved August 7, 2016
  5. ^ Paoletta, Michael (2000) "The Dance Trax Hot Plate", Billboard, September 16, 2000. Retrieved August 7, 2016
  6. ^ Wilson, Mackenzie "Early Days Review", Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2016
  7. ^ "Beth Hirsch", robertchristgau.com. Retrieved August 7, 2016
  8. ^ Cooper, Paul (2002) "Beth Hirsch Titles & Idols", Pitchfork Media, February 3, 2002. Retrieved August 7, 2016
  9. ^ Carlson, Dean "Titles & Idols Review", Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2016
  10. ^ Dickison, Stephanie (2001) "Beth Hirsch Titles & Idols", PopMatters, October 14, 2001. Retrieved August 7, 2016
  11. ^ "Beth Hirsch - Titles & Idols", Uncut, December 2001, p. 102
  12. ^ "Beth Hirsch Titles & Idols", Q, November 2001, p. 122
  13. ^ Henderson, Alex "Wholehearted Review", Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2016

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