In the 90’s you knew her as “Bethie”
BMG kids’ recording artist garnering numerous awards including Parents’ Choice Gold and Silver. Favorite gig…The White House Easter Concert in ’94. Four childrens albums, one movie “Bethie’s Really Silly Clubhouse”, staff songwriter for Disney Live TV and Sesame Street Live, wrote the music for Knowledge Adventure’s Jump Start Pre-School and Jump Start Toddler…groundbreaking and bestselling educational software for young children. Beth is back to her folk roots, having released ‘Let Me In’ in 2008, in the singer/songwriter genre and then her 6th album, “Blackbird”, in 2014. She has been busy performing in San Francisco, her new home town, and beyond! She also does shows for Bread and Roses, the organization that brings music to people who can’t get out to hear it. Beth Marlin’s career began in Columbia, Missouri in the late 70s when A&M producer, David Anderle saw her perform in a small club, and encouraged her to come to L.A. to make a demo. Speed bumps was the band she formed, which included such illustrious musicians as Steve Bartek (Mystic Knights Of the Oingo Boingo), George Bunnell (original member of Strawberry Alarm Clock) and James Harrah (Madonna world tour, currently tours with Huey Lewis).
Along came two kids and two award-winning independent albums for children: Sam The Snake (1990 Parents’ Choice Gold) and Tied Together With Love (Parents’ Choice Silver). At this point, Bethie signed with BMG and released two more albums, Bethie’s Really Silly Songs About Animals and Bethie’s Really Silly Songs About Numbers, garnering numerous awards. Bethie’s Really Silly Clubhouse video was shot as a tv pilot and her touring career was capped off with a performance at the White House for Bill Clinton and his someday-might-be-president-too wife, Hilary, in 1994.
Beth was also a staff writer on the Disney Live-Action/Animation series for television, Sing Me A Story and her songs are still being performed in Sesame Streets’ live arena shows. Other projects included writing songs for the Olsen Twins’ videos.
In 1996, Beth wrote music for the cutting-edge educational software company, Knowledge Adventure. Along with producer, Nicole Wrubel, she introduced the first computer software specifically designed for young children. It was called Jump Start Toddlers. Sceptics claimed that young children would not enjoy or benefit from time at the keyboard; however, this product along with Jump Start Pre-School, another Bethie project, became top-selling educational software in the nation, and spawned a generation of Knowledge Adventure wanna-be software producers. After having paused in her career to raise two girls, Beth came back to her roots as singer/songwriter. In 2008, she released her fifth album, Let Me In. Produced by long-time musical partner, Jon Baker, this album features the extraordinary talents of world-class artists including bass player Reggie Hamilton who has designed a jazz bass guitar for Fender bearing his name, and James Harrah, playing guitars and mandolins, hammered dulcimers and banjo. The songs, written entirely by Beth, speak of her journey through this life, the people and events that have shaped her destiny.
In 2012, Beth moved to San Francisco, and began performing throughout the Bay Area and beyond, with many bookings from the premier local promoter in the singer/songwriter genre, KC Turner. Performance highlights for Beth Marlin Band include a featured spot at the Yerba Buena Night Festival in San Francisco, two years in a row, which celebrates the diverse talents of folks who live and create art in the city. In 2014 Beth released her 6th album, “Blackbird”, a folk/rock/americana project also produced by Jon Baker, featuring the talents of the her peeps from L.A. and San Francisco. A featured performer at many music venues in SF, she claims status as one of the city’s busiest singer/songwriters. Airplay is happening as well, as Women of Substance Radio picks up many songs for rotation and Mud Stomp Radio is adding as well. And she’s got a Beth Marlin page of music on KC Cafe Radio. Heart of Marin nominated Beth for 2014 Volunteer of the Year, based on her many shows for Bread and Roses. And the writing continues to be the centerpiece of her burgeoning musical life. No Depression Readers’ Poll voted Blackbird one of the year’s best albums. Summer of 2016 ushered in Beth’s 7th album called “Railroad”. An official video plus a bit of touring ensued. 2018 saw the release of the short documentary, “Won’t Go Silent”, sound track written by Beth. 2019 comes around and she is now living in the Pacific Northwest, a new resident of Portland, Oregon. More music, good food, great people…stay tuned, more coming!