Betty Who Opens Up
by Maggie Malach
After a long winter, New York City was finally embracing warmer spring weather when Betty Who stepped into a sun-drenched Manhattan studio to talk about her influences and songwriting. She also performed a stripped-down version of her hit, ‘Somebody Loves You.’
The Australian singer, born Jessica Anne Newham, cites singer-songwriter Missy Higgins as one of her biggest influences.
“I taught myself how to play piano by learning her songs,” Betty Who says. “I think that made a huge difference then when I started writing. I already had an idea of how other songs were written, so when I wrote my first song — I think I was fourteen — and I was like, ‘Yeah, I get it.’ … It all makes sense. So I think I had a head start.”
The Aussie also explains that she writes each song differently. Some factors that affect the writing process? The track’s vibe, where she is and who she’s around!
Check out Betty Who discussing songwriting and more in the video above!
Watch Betty Who Perform ‘Somebody Loves You’