I’ve been a Betsy Lane fan since my freshman year of college. Through a strange series of events, I found out about her music on Tumblr, saw a video of her “freaking out” about how well her first EP was doing in the UK, and then, after recognizing one of Belmont’s illustrious fountains, realized that *SURPRISE* she goes to my school. She also was friends with my friends and lived in the same building as I did. Our paths were bound to cross eventually. Since then, Betsy and I have edited each other’s poems and short stories in class and attended the same birthday parties.
I can tell you for certain that Betsy is just as lovely as her fans make her out to be. Seeing her fans interact with her and send her presents, letters, and selfies warms my heart. I was a Betsy Lane fan before I even knew her and I think that says a lot about her talent. Her beautiful heart and soul shines through her lyrics. Her presence in the industry is a blessing in and of itself. The way that she treats her fans and the way that they relate to her is an even bigger blessing. And just like the strawberry wine she sings about in her song “What About 18,” Betsy Lane improves with age.
MusicDash: I know that you’re a native, but what do you love most about Nashville?
Betsy Lane: I love the feeling that Nashville gives me. I love to travel, but when I come home there’s nothing like looking over and seeing that skyline. Nashville kind of gives me ‘first date feelings’ — I never know what to expect from this beautiful city, but I know it’s going to be something I’ll remember forever.
MusicDash: What is your favorite or most memorable performance in Nashville?
Betsy Lane: Summer of 2014, I played a benefit concert at the famous Pancake Pantry for Preston Taylor Ministries. It was so cool — they moved most of the tables and had a stage set up. They decided to call it “Pickin’ at the Pantry.” I don’t think I ever even dreamed of playing the pantry, but if anyone knows me (or follows me in Instagram), they know that I practically live on their Swiss Chocolate Chip Pancakes because my love language is breakfast food.
MusicDash: What is your favorite song that you’ve ever written?
Betsy Lane: Oh, I hate this question! It’s so tough because every song that I write is for a specific reason — to heal, to love, to change things, to figure out situations, etc. The most personal one I’ve written is “What About 18.” That song just holds a special place in my heart because when I wrote it, I was in a place in my life where I was just terrified. I didn’t know what came next, and I didn’t want to eventually leave the present behind so I sat down with my guitar and wrote about being eighteen, and holding onto it because I couldn’t anymore.
MusicDash: Your EP did very well in the UK. What do you think helped you reach that success?
Betsy Lane: It’s funny, actually! I met two girls through Taylor Swift in Nashville one summer and they happened to be from the UK. About five months after I met them, my first EP released (2013) and they both tweeted about it and all of the sudden it was blowing up… I was getting tweets from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, etc. and then they all started tweeting me pictures like “Betsy, you’re at #23 on the Country Charts!” and I was just shocked, really. I couldn’t focus in class at all that week (haha!) and I knew I needed to make it to the UK ASAP, so I toured there the following summer with my incredibly talented friend Laura Zocca who is from there. On tour I got to meet a ton of people who have helped make my dreams possible and now I call them all friends because I got to hug them and thank them for changing my life.
MusicDash: It seems like you’ve been doing more cowrites over the past couple of months or so. If you could cowrite a song with anybody who would it be?
Betsy Lane: Gaaahhh, anyone?! This answer changes daily, trust me. Right now I would definitely say Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, or Hillary Lindsey. Also to sit in a co-write with Taylor Swift just to see how her brain works would be really inspiring.
MusicDash: You recently went to the UK and had a meet-up. How was it reconnecting with your fans from over there that give you so much support?
Betsy Lane: I was studying abroad in London and so while I was there, I decided to have a meet-up with Laura, the girl I toured with last summer. That night in London is one that I will always remember. We basically took over the top floor of Tottenham Court Starbucks and sat in a giant circle and just hung out. I love hanging with fans because it gives me a chance to get to know them and we all become friends, and I know the next time I’m in London, I can count on them giving me a giant hug because that’s what friends do. I wanted to be with them for hours because it is so rewarding to be around positive people who all love the same thing. Ugh, they’re great. I miss them all.
MusicDash: What are your ultimate goals?
Betsy Lane: Ultimately, I just want to make an impact on people’s lives with music. If that means singing my songs to arenas of people, then that’s what it means, but if it means writing songs for other artists, then I would love to do that too. I want to change the face of country music and I’ll so that however I can. (Also, adding Opry Debut to that list never hurts.)
MusicDash: What’s next for you?
Betsy Lane: I’ve been working really hard writing, working on demos, and meeting with people to help push my career forward. I try not to have tunnel vision when it comes to my career because if I do that, I feel like I’ll miss all the opportunities in between. Honestly, I can make a whole list of goals and “what’s next” but ultimately what happens, is going to happen. I’m working hard and whatever comes my way, I’ll be happy. As long as I’m moving forward, I think I’m going in the right direction.
Article by Kaitlyn Midgett