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Exclusive: Bette Stuy Talks New Music, "Be Like Santa" And More

Carleen | PopWrapped Author

Carleen

Updated 01/1/2016 12:09pm
Exclusive: Bette Stuy Talks New Music,
Media Courtesy of Bette Stuy

New York artist, Bette Stuy is certainly in the holiday spirit! Bette Stuy recently released her music video for her new single, "Be Like Santa," and PopWrapped talked with her about her new holiday track, her influences, and her future career in music.

PopWrapped: What made you decide to go into the music business?

Bette Stuy: I saw it as a creative outlet where I could share my feelings with the world—I want the whole world to hear Bette Stuy sing!

PW: How old were you when you started performing?

BS: When I was 5 years I stood in front of my Daddy’s church and performed a song called “Beautiful Flowers.” I got a standing ovation!

PW: Who are your music inspirations?

BS: My musical inspirations are Adele, Tina, Billie, and Gaga.

PW: When did you know you wanted to become a singer/songwriter?

BS: When I was sixteen, I accidentally got my first heart broken—I say accidentally, because he didn’t mean to break it. I subsequently penned my first song, Lost In the Music. I sang it to a few friends and they were like, “Girl, you should be singing professionally!”

PW: Describe your style of music in one word?

BS: “Neo-Blues”—it’s hyphenated, but still counts as one 

 

Check out Stuy's new music video for "Be Like Santa" below: 

 

PW: So your new single Be Like Santa is amazing! What can you tell us about the song and what inspired the song?

BS: With all this talk of wars, rumors of wars, and hate, I wanted to spread some love and peace.

PW: What can you tell us about the writing/recording process that goes into your music?

BS: It varies a lot from a production standpoint. But from a songwriting perspective, much of it comes from early in my life. Growing up in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn (“Bed-Stuy Do or Die” as they say) was a hard place with all the personal challenges in my family to confront and overcome. But that’s where much of the inspirations of my songs flow.

PW: Speaking of writing and recording. How long did it take you to write and record "Be Like Santa"?

BS: Well, myself along with writing partner Daniel A. Lerner, wrote “Be Like Santa” a few months ago; we shot the video about a few weeks ago, so the whole thing happened in lightning speed. It was a tremendous and incredible effort for a song with a positive message!

PW: What is the inspiration for the music video?

BS: This video, “Be Like Santa,” was shot in Times Square, New York—the “schmoozing” capital of the world. In fact, every few feet we bumped into a person from the far corners of the world—you can accidentally step on each others’ feet and be like, “I’m so sorry” (and really mean it) and they’d be like, “No worries, it’s okay” because everyone was happy and having a good time.

In such a short period of time, I met a student from Delhi, two young ladies from Brazil, a whole family from Belgium, a couple from the UK, sisters from India, a grandmother from Boston, a man from China and another from Germany. What I’m trying to say is, we wanted to film “Be Like Santa” in Times Square to promote world peace and the fact is, we ended up just running into a small but memorable group of friendly and diverse people. Deep inside, I believe we’re all quite the same. It was a great experience.

PW: What is the best and worst thing about performing live?

BS:The very best thing is having the opportunity to make that special, direct connection with the fans—the very worst thing is when you have a “wardrobe malfunction” lol.

PW: If you could perform anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

BS: Denmark—that’s where one of my good friend, Lars Jakobsen, lives and he’s also the director of my “Black Dog Blues” video. Another great place would be Japan.

PW: Do you have any plans to hit the road for a tour soon?

BS: Yes—in fact, this spring! I can’t wait!

PW: Can you give us any hints on what is up next for you?

BS: In January, I’ll be releasing my new EP “Bette Stuy: This is Neo-Blues”! There are some gems on the album that no one’s heard--in fact I feel a couple tracks on the EP are as strong as my recent singles.

Also, just as we speak, we’re working on a music video called “Enigma.” I’m excited to share it internationally! I’ve also been writing some new material. I’m amped about getting on stage and trying out these tunes!

PW: What would you like to say to your fans?

 

BS: Believe in your dreams and don’t take no for an answer!

Thanks to Bette Stuy for taking the time to chat with us! In the meantime, check out Bette's music on Soundcloud  and YouTube as well as on her Personal Website, Twitter and Facebook!

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