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Beth Kille

Beth Kille
Singer/Songwriter & Guitar/Songwriting Instructor
Beth Kille Music

Musician & Performer
Madison, WI 53711

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  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications
  • Entrepreneurs

Beth Kille is a 19-time Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) award winning artist from Madison, WI who has been cranking out her unique blend of rock, country, folk and blues since 2000. From house concerts and coffee houses to headlining spots at festivals, her love for the stage and genuine passion for performance shine through in all settings. She fronted the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) award-winning band, Clear Blue Betty from 2002-2008 before launching her solo career. Heralded by the Americana Gazette (2008) as a “Master Songwriter,” Kille has penned hundreds of tunes and has been recognized on a national level for her writing. She won the Nashville Songwriters Association International Song Showdown in 2009 and received an Honorable Mention in the Country Music Television/NSAI Song Contest in 2012. She has been named Female Vocalist of the Year twice at the MAMA Awards (2006 and 2010) and snagged the coveted Artist of the Year award in 2011, a rare feat for a solo artist. Staunchly committed to the advancement of young musicians and songwriters of all ages, Kille works as the Music Director for Girls and Ladies Rock Camp Madison, hosts Madison’s Chick Singer Night and sits on the Board of Directors for the Madison Area Music Association. She is sought out for her songwriting knowledge from both private students and in the workshop setting. She has also recorded, mixed and produced multiple albums for first-time recording artists in her home studio.

Beth Kille will describe the skill set she has developed over the past 14 years as an independent (“Indie”) performing singer/songwriter to survive in the whirlwind music business without selling her soul. Details on a “day in the life” of a professional musician will be shared, along with specific resources one can use for learning the ropes of the music industry. (Running Time 21:09)