Brooklyn’s Bette Smith ignites a new chapter with new single ‘Happiness’, a shimmering and uplifting celebration of joy. Produced by Grammy-winning producer Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, James Bay, Paulo Nutini, Sia), ‘Happiness’ showcases Bette Smith’s penchant for anthemic, feel-good Soul Rock carried by her signature raspy, soulful vocals inspired by legends Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Etta James. Listen to ‘Happiness’ HERE.

“When Jimmy shared this fresh new track ‘Happiness’ the first thing it did was hit me right in the heart”, comments Bette on the track “It was like he tapped into my soul and put my feelings into song form. I couldn't contain my excitement - it was straight up joy but also brought some personal reflection. And that’s exactly what I hope this song does to everyone –brings a feeling of joy even with all the challenges around the planet”.

Bette Smith traces elements of her sound to her childhood in rough Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, connecting the gospel music she heard in church and the soul music on the corners. She remembers: “My father was a church choir director. I was singing since I was five years old. I take it to church. I just break out, start speaking in tongues”. She also heard gospel around the house every weekend. “My mother listened to nothing but gospel” she recalls, citing Mahalia Jackson and Reverend James Cleveland. “Every Sunday morning, she would get up and put on these records while dressing and praising the Lord” she says. Bed-Stuy block parties would also have revivalist-style gospel acts. “I’m steeped in it!” she adds.

This injection of soul music and gospel into rock & roll powered a breakout in 2017’s debut ‘Jetlagger’ and 2020’s ‘The Good, The Bad, and The Bette’ which received rave reviews from NPR, Paste, American Songwriter, Billboard, MOJO and The New York Times. Widespread praise for the releases culminated in a breadth of standout live performances including Montreux Jazz Festival and support to The Drive-By Truckers and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Bette, an inductee of the New York Blues Hall of Fame, has also collaborated with renowned musicians Jimbo Mathus, Patterson Hood, Kirk Fletcher and Luther Dickinson.

Bette has spent much of 2023 working on her anticipated follow-up which sees her sound scale new heights. Her infectious energy, tremendous range and power solidify her position as an authentic and dynamic international soul artist and an iconic force in the industry for years to come.

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