Just Announced: Beth Orton @ Fox Theatre | 10/12/12
Elizabeth Caroline Orton, commonly known as Beth Orton, is a BRIT Award–winning English singer-songwriter. Beth was born in Norfolk in 1970 and was raised there until the mid '80s whereupon she relocated to Dalston in North London. Beth's older brothers were punks, yet her own private musical rebellion was folk, immersing herself in everything from Nick Drake and Rickie Lee Jones to The Slits and, eventually, The Stone Roses. These influences shaped Beth's own musical output - a voice that could sooth angels, shatter glass and reduce the hardest of hearts to tears, all within the space of one song; songs as soft as early morning sunshine with lyrics drenched in yearning - songs that ended up as so much more than the sum of just being inspired by the music she held dear. Beth began writing songs based on her personal experiences - an introverted childhood growing up in the sticks, break ups, broken hearts and destructive relationships.
Known for her "folktronica" sound, which mixes elements of folk and electronica, she was initially recognised for her collaborations with William Orbit and the Chemical Brothers in the mid 1990s — but these were not Orton's first recordings. She released a solo album, Superpinkymandy, in 1993. Since the album was only released in Japan, it went largely unnoticed by international audiences. Her second solo album, Trailer Park, garnered much critical acclaim in 1996. With the release of the albums Central Reservation (1999) and the 2002 UK top 10 album Daybreaker, Beth developed a devoted fan base.
Her 2006 release, Comfort of Strangers, saw her completely move away from the electronica style, to a much more stripped down folk-based album. Well-known single releases are the hits "She Cries Your Name" and "Stolen Car" and Beth has also received much attention for her stirring cover of The Five Stair Steps' "Ooh Child".