With an extensive background in gospel and a lifelong passion for soul music, Betty Fox has come a long way from her southern roots to headlining festivals and captivating thousands with her raw swagger and unwavering talent. Now the 2015 representative of the Suncoast Blues Society, an International Blues Challenge Finalist, and 2 time winner of Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay, she is truly proving herself a force to be reckoned with. Betty Fox appreciated singing early in life and performed for the first time at a church play at the age of 4. Her family had a deep love for southern country gospel and tight harmonies which they would express at every Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and that is where her affinity for music began. “My uncle Fred would pound on the keys with his monster hands while my (rather large) family and I would all gather around the piano… My grandmother would stand behind me and my cousins would hold my hands as we all sang four and five part harmonies to songs like “It Is Well With My Soul”, “The Old Rugged Cross”, and “Till the Storm Passes By”.
To this day, those songs and those moments mean more to me than anything”, Fox says. After honing her craft for 20 years, her first album, “Too Far Gone”, put her on the international map as a songwriter and vocalist and had the critics from American Blues Scene Magazine to Blues Revue Magazine singing her praises! Her Sophomore album, due to release in Feb 2015, is sure to take her even farther than she ever imagined. To support her talent, she has carefully selected musical heavyweights Kid Royal on guitar, Barry Williams on bass, and Sam Farmer on drums to set herself up for nothing less than well deserved success. In fact, in the past year this dynamic quartet has skyrocketed to the Florida spotlight, playing on multiple music festivals including the city of Treasure Island’s Bikini Blues Bash Festival, the Tangerine Blues Festival, the Dunedin Wines the Blues Festival, the Gasparilla Music Festival, the Safety Harbor Seafood Festival, the Daytona Blues Festival, Panama City Blues Festival, and the largest free music festival in the US: Springing the Blues. Ms. Fox has toured internationally to Svalbard for the Dark Season Festival, Norway, and Denmark. The band has competed in the International Blues Challenge making it to the finals 8 of 150 bands!
They have opened for such artists such as Mavis Staples, The Legendary JC’s, Selwyn Birchwood (2013 IBC WINNER), Roosevelt Collier of “The Lee Boys”, Damon Fowler, Victor Wainwright, Lucky Peterson, Shaun Murphy, Ana Popovich, Bill Wharton “The Sauce Boss”, Jimmy Thackery, The Nighthawks, Marcia Ball, and The Meter Men, for crowds amassing over 6,000 screaming fans! As many will tell you, you definitely don’t want to miss this one of a kind musical experience!