Beth Rowley

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Beth Rowley
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Background information
Birth nameBeth Ann Rowley
Born (1981-10-10) 10 October 1981 (age 39)
Lima, Peru
OriginBristol, England
GenresR&B, soul, pop, gospel, jazz
Years active2000–present

Beth Ann Rowley is an English singer-songwriter.

Early life[edit]

Rowley was born in Peru to British parents who moved back to Bristol, England when Rowley was two years old.[citation needed]


Early career[edit]

She was influenced by her family's love for many different musical styles, particularly blues, country, folk, gospel and Latin American music.[citation needed] When aged 16, Rowley formed The Apogee, an original 5 piece funk/soul/acid jazz group.[citation needed] At age 17, she was spotted at an open mic night in the London entertainment club, Ginglik, in Shepherd's Bush.[citation needed]

Rowley studied music and art at Weston-super-Mare College and in 2003, went on to the Brighton Institute of Modern Music with the particular help and encouragement of soulsinger Carleen Anderson.[citation needed] During her time at the school, Rowley toured with Ronan Keating and Enrique Iglesias providing backing vocals.[citation needed]

She attended St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, in Bristol.


In 2000, Rowley teamed up with Jazz saxophonist Ben Castle (son of Roy), well known for his work with Jamie Cullum. She began writing her own material and with Ben's encouragement and assistance she released three EPs, Beth Rowley (2004), Sweet Hours (2006) and Violets (2007).[citation needed] From the Violets EP she released a single entitled, 'Nobody's Fault But Mine' which was the iTunes 'Single of the Week' for December 2007.[citation needed]

Rowley has collaborated with other artists and bands, including Crowded House on their Time on Earth album providing backing vocals for the song "Transit Lounge" and Duke Special, who joined her for a duet on her début album, Little Dreamer.[1]

Rowley's album entitled "Little Dreamer" was released in the UK on 19 May 2008, and went straight into the UK album charts at number 6. On 4 February 2008, the lead single, "Oh My Life"(released on 3 March 2008) from the forthcoming album was featured as 'BBC Radio 2 Record of the Week'.[2] The second single from the album is called 'So Sublime' and was released on 12 May 2008.[citation needed]

Rowley attended The Edge of Love world premiere on 18 June, which marked the opening of the Edinburgh Film Festival. Based on the life of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, The Edge of Love opened nationwide from 27 June. The soundtrack to the film, for which Rowley recorded the exclusive track, 'Careless Talk'.[citation needed]

In 2006, Rowley recorded a song entitled 'Too much too late' written by Bristol based singer/songwriter Steven Reid Williams in a collaboration featured on the album 'Corners'.[citation needed] In the same year she provided the vocals on Nostalgia77's track 'Quiet Dawn' from their album 'Everything Under the Sun'.[3]

Rowley recorded a song called "Careless Talk" for the soundtrack to the new film featuring Keira Knightley called The Edge of Love.[4]

On 22 October 2008, Rowley appeared with Burt Bacharach on the BBC Electric Proms series, singing Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa.[5]

On 9 January 2009, a short clip of her song "Sweet Hours" was played on UK soap Hollyoaks on E4.[citation needed] On 20 January 2009, Rowley was nominated for a Brit Award in the category for Best British Female Solo Artist.[6]

Rowley featured in the nightclub scene in the 2009 film An Education, directed by Lone Scherfig. Her track, "You Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger", is featured prominently in the official movie soundtrack[7] and the Sony Classics promotional website.[8]

On 8 July 2013, Beth came with new music material, she released EP "Wretched Body".[9] This first part of planned 3-piece EP series includes 4 songs.[10]

Her performance of the song "I Walk Beside You" is used as the theme song for the 2017 BBC series Strike.


She has supported various artists on tour including David Gray,[11] Tom Baxter and Duke Special.[citation needed] In March 2008, Beth performed at the Live event inside Wembley Stadium, London.[12] On 4 April 2008, Rowley appeared on BBC Radio 2's 'Friday Night is Music Night' performing two tracks with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Mermaid Theatre, London[citation needed] She has also made guest appearances on 'Top of the Pops', 'Parkinson', This Morning and later, GMTV and also The Charlotte Church Show.[13] Beth started her first headline tour at London's Bush Hall on 16 April 2008.[14] She also made an appearance at the Christian arts festival, Greenbelt, in 2008, though it was not her first time at the festival.[citation needed] On 25 February 2011, Beth supported Katie Melua in an Eva Cassidy style duet on a Radio 2 in Concert at the BBC Radio Theatre.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Ten things you need to know about Beth Rowley". 21 March 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2008.
  2. ^ "BBC Radio 2 – Record of the Week". 6 February 2008. Archived from the original on 18 April 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
  3. ^ Un. "Nostalgia77 | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Beth on 'The Edge of Love' Soundtrack". 10 April 2008. Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2008.
  5. ^ "Electric Proms 2008 – Artists – Burt Bacharach". BBC. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  6. ^ [1] Archived 19 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Barber, Lynn. "An Education: Various Artists: Music". Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Sony Pictures Classics | AN EDUCATION". Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  9. ^ "EP Review: Beth Rowley – Wretched Body". So So Gay. Archived from the original on 19 August 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Beth Rowley returns with a trio of EPs". So So Gay. Archived from the original on 1 July 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  11. ^ "Supporting David Gray on Tour". 11 February 2008. Archived from the original on 13 May 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2008.
  12. ^ " Live". 10 March 2008. Archived from the original on 18 April 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2008.
  13. ^ "Beth on GMTV". / 27 February 2008. Archived from the original on 22 May 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2008.
  14. ^ Shields, Rachel (23 April 2008). "Beth Rowley, Bush Hall, London". The Independent. Retrieved 24 April 2008.

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