QuickFire Questions with Randy Beth

"My favorite performer of all time told me to “keep driving forward” at a time when that felt impossible, to this day I carry those words very close to my heart."
29 April 2022

By Vanessa B

We caught up with New York singer-songwriter Randy Beth as she revisits her debut single from 2021 ‘make a home’. Describing the pared-back yet soulful acoustic track, Randy shared: “‘make a home’ is a folk / pop acoustic song about overcoming childhood trauma and the search for home within yourself.”

Hey Randy, how are you? Congrats on the debut single! How has the reception been?

Hi! I’m doing great, thank you. make a home, my debut single was released almost a year ago. Since then I’ve released my second single ‘run’ and have a third on the way. The reception has been so wonderful, I’ve felt very welcomed into the music world and I’m just so excited to continue to build and evolve as an artist.

What do we need to know about ‘make a home’?

make a home was the first song i ever wrote just a few months after deciding to commit to pursuing music in a more serious way. I sat down on my front porch with my guitar and the song poured right out of me. It felt very magical and healing, like the song had been sitting inside of me since I was a child. It’s written through the eyes of my child self.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your story.

I grew up on Long Island New York and always dreamed of pursuing life as a performer. Most of my life was spent pursuing theatre, that was the dream for a very long time and is still something I carry close to my heart. It wasn’t until 2020 that I started writing stories of my own and realized just how much I had to say. Once I wrote my first song I really never looked back. I finally feel like I found a home with songwriting and music. Outside of music I’ve always loved acting, both stage and film acting, that’s a passion of mine that I hope to be able to incorporate into my future as well. I also love traveling and documenting my life through photos and vlogs. I have amazing friends and community in my life who also have creative passions and surrounding myself with that inspires me to constantly stay creative and explore all of these different parts of myself.

Who are some of your biggest influences in music?

My biggest music influence has always been Bruce Springsteen. I was raised on his music and it’s become such an integral part of who I am. I also very much admire all of the openly queer artists who are writing music for us and our community. That’s something that I want for my music as well, a safe space with music that’s for us.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

My favorite piece of advice I’ve ever been given is actually tattooed onto my bicep. Three very simple words that have gotten me through a lot of hardship over the years. My favorite performer of all time told me to “keep driving forward” at a time when that felt impossible, to this day I carry those words very close to my heart. I’m so glad I listened, it feels surreal to think about how far I’ve come since I heard those words and that I’m now pursuing my dream. My 3rd single will be released in just a few months, I cannot wait to share it with everyone!