Beth Macari

FRESH: ‘I Am’ – Beth Macari

Beth Macari says “I Am”

A top US soul radio station has awarded our good friend Beth Macari the “Presidents Choice Award” for her top 20 single “I Promise (That I Got You)” just as her next release supports local mental health charity with a video featuring celebrities and fans. Newcastle singer Beth has this week picked up the award from US soul radio station Indie Soul Cafe. Her single, “I Promise (That I Got You)”, has been played heavily on soul radio across the US and in particular, New York.

After releasing “I Promise” in March, the song hit the Top 20 in the US soul charts, along side artists such as Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, platinum selling artist and actress Jojo and Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke, with Beth featured as Artists of the Week upon entering the chart. This lead to Beth being nominated for and eventually winning the Presidents Choice Award on Soul Cafe radio! Beth has now released her next single, “I Am”. It’s a song all about ‘self-love’ and accepting who you are and is accompanied by a special, heart-warming music video.

After reaching out to her fans and celebrity friends, inviting them to describe themselves in one word, the video is a collage of short videos submitted by each participant. 100% of the sales of “I Am” will be donated to local mental health charity If U Care Share which works to prevent suicide and support those bereaved by it. Celebrities such as TV and radio host Gaby Roslin, former Emmerdale star Gemma Oaten, West End singer Cassidy Janson, Corrie and Holby City actor Charlie Condou and the North East’s own Chelsea Halfpenny have all taken part in the video with a view to increase awareness of the charities work far and wide.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!