Betty Who (Photo courtesy BMG)
Pop mainstay Betty Who soon launches her BIG! North American headlining tour with support from RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars winner, Shea Couleé and Slayyyter. Betty performs at The Anthem in DC on Friday, March 10.
In a review of Big for AllMusic, Heather Phares said Betty Who’s already great music has gotten even better in recent years.
“Her more personal songwriting immediately makes itself known on Big!’s title track. Calling up her memories of literally standing out as the tallest kid in school (she grew to be 6’1″) and the bullying that came with it, the song starts out small, with glossy pianos that sound like they’re from an ’80s family sitcom theme, before exploding into an unapologetically fist-pumping power ballad that would do Diane Warren proud,” Phares said.
Watch a visualizer video for “Big” by Betty Who on YouTube:
If you need to know anything about Australian-American pop trailblazer Betty Who, it’s that she is a survivor. Born Jessica Newham in Sydney, Australia, the classically trained singer, dancer, and multi-instrumentalist has experienced practically every dimension of pop cultural visibility: going viral on the bombastic strength of 2014 single “Somebody Loves You,” soundtracking Netflix’s Queer Eye reboot with “All Things,” forming deep ties with foundations like GLAAD and the Trevor Project, and becoming an LGBTQ+ icon due to her infectious, always-inclusive artistry. Last year alone, Betty Who released her newest album BIG! on Oct. 14 via BMG and also made her TV hosting debuting with Prime Video’s reality dating series, The One That Got Away.
W/ Slayyyter, Shea Coulee
Friday, March 10
Doors @ 6:30pm