Betsy's Celtic instrumental "The
Highlands" won 4th place in the 2009 Indie International
Songwriting Contest. The Indie International Songwriting
Contest is a semiannual song competition to give recognition
to some of the best emerging songwriters in the world,
help develop their talent, and provide useful tools
for developing the success of the artist. Unlike other
song competitions, all entries remain absolutely anonymous
to our judges. Production value is not taken into
consideration. Songs are judged based on originality,
melody, composition, lyrics and phrasing.
Betsy has been nominated by the Los
Angeles Music Awards as Best Country Artist for her
song "Chances" from her album "A Dream
Come True". The LA Music Awards are the largest
awards show for independent artists and have jump-started
the career of countless musicians over the past 17
years, including Gwen Stefani. The ceremony -- which
will be telecast at a date to be announced -- is a
red-carpet event and will be held on Thursday, November
29th at the Music Box Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood.
Betsy's poignant composition "Mark's Song"
won 1st Place in the Instrumental Category of the
3rd Annual International Acoustic Music Awards. The
competition was open to both amateur and professional
musicians worldwide. Winners were chosen by a Blue
Ribbon Judging Committee comprised of music industry
professionals including A&R managers from record
labels, publishers and producers. Entries were judged
equally on music performance, production, originality,
lyrics, melody and composition. In addition to winning
$700.00 worth of merchandise and services, Betsy's
composition will appear on a compilation CD with distribution
to radio stations nationwide.
On February 26th, the Southern Louisiana Community
String Orchestra featured "Mark's Song"
in their American Composers concert. Entitled "Foster
& Fudge", the program showcased not only
Betsy, but also Stephen Foster, and the Beatles.
Earlier in the month, the patriotic and dramatic
piece "Going Home" was selected by Munchkin
Music of California for inclusion on a compilation
CD to be pitched to post-production movie studios
and sound effects firms.
CONTACT: Betsy Foster
Phone: (804) 346-9993
Web site: www.betsyfoster.com
Betsy Foster’s New Age ‘Dream’ Album
Tops Charts: Makes a Dream Come True
Glen Allen, VA---February 25, 2004---Betsy
Foster, an independent New Age composer from Virginia,
released her debut album "A Dream Come True"
in October 2003. Appearing at #5 during its first
month on the chart, it climbed to #3 in January of
this year. The talented songwriter's artistic creation
also was named one of the ‘Top 100 New Age Albums
of the Year’ in December 2003 by New Age Reporter.
"A Dream Come True" contains
a relaxing blend of five piano instrumentals, five
mellow love songs, and five dramatic orchestral pieces.
The album currently is receiving airplay on some 200
radio stations worldwide. CliniCalm, a Florida-based
specialty publisher, has selected tracks from “A Dream
Come True” for its soothing sounds to be used in medical
settings. Music Choice, the company behind the 24-hour
cable TV music channels, is airing “A Dream Come True”
on the Soundscapes channel. The versatile album is
targeted for use in film, TV, and commercials.
One of Ms. Foster's compositions, a
romantic duet entitled “Loving You,” has captured
the attention of brides-to-be both nationwide and
Ms. Foster said, “Besides feeling so
fortunate for my chart success with “A Dream Come
True,” I’m proud that "Loving You" has been
a wedding favorite over the past 23 years. It was
released as a CD-single with two tracks (vocal duet
and instrumental) in April 2001. It’s wonderful to
know that my music plays a part in one of the most
meaningful ceremonies in a person’s life.”
Following a near-fatal automobile accident,
Ms. Foster's deteriorating health eventually forced
her to leave her 'real job' in the corporate world
and return to her first love of composing. Unable
to perform on her albums due to medical reasons, she
painstakingly recorded "A Dream Come True"
and Loving You" over a period of two years via
e-mail and telephone with the assistance of a creative
team of musicians, led by her talented producer, Denny
Martin, of Antioch, Tennessee.
A graduate of Longwood College in Farmville,
Virginia, Ms. Foster earned a Bachelor of Arts degree
in Piano Performance. She presently makes her home
in Glen Allen, a western suburb of Richmond, with
her husband Mark Breen. She is a member of the American
Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)
and a voting member of The Recording Academy of Arts
Song clips and links to her web site
(www.BetsyFoster.com) appear on a number of such full-service
music and wedding-related Internet sites as www.WedAlert.com,
a wedding site with song samples for brides; www.ModernBride
com, and www.Brides.com. Indie artist sites featuring
Ms. Foster’s music include www.Amazon.com, www.Ampcast.com,
www.IUMA.com, www.Broadjam.com, and www.1sound.com.
Sheet music for several of Ms. Foster’s
original compositions can be purchased from her web
site (www.BetsyFoster.com). Free MP3 downloads, as
well as audio samples are also available, as is “Quarter
Notes,” a quarterly newsletter with a circulation
of more than 250 opt-in subscribers.
Both "Loving You" and "A
Dream Come True" are available from such major
retail outlets as Amazon.com, Borders, Circuit City,
Tower Records, Barnes & Noble, CDBaby.com, Best
Buy, Sam Goody, Waldenbooks, Apple ITunes, AOL Music
Net, Radio Netscape and Music Match Jukebox.
After only two months on the chart,
Betsy's debut album "A Dream Come True"
moved up from #5 to #3 on the January Top 100 New
Age Albums chart, as published by New
Betsy's album "A Dream Come True"
made its chart debut at #5 on the December Top 100
New Age Albums chart, published by New
Age Reporter. It narrowly missed reaching 4th
by a mere 0.12 points. Stats are based on radio airplay,
as well as listener reaction. Heard on more than 200
stations worldwide, and with only one month on the
chart, "A Dream Come True" was also named
one of the top 100 New Age Albums of the Year for
2003, out of more than 3300 recordings submitted.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In an overcrowded music market where
variety has been consumed by market- ordained insipidness,
the occasional album still manages to emerge with
a vitality that is refreshing.
Betsy Foster, an internationally renowned
composer from Richmond, Virginia, released her debut
album on October 28th. "A Dream Come True"
contains a relaxing collection of piano instrumentals,
love ballads, and orchestral compositions.
"A Dream Come True" brings
together for the first time the most requested of
Betsy's eclectic works -- and fans from the United
States to New Zealand have eagerly awaited the release
of the album.
The superb performances by musicians
and vocalists from Virginia, Tennessee, and Canada
add to the richness of what is surely one of the most
soulful and serene album releases of the year.
"A Dream Come True" is available from the
composer's web site at www.betsyfoster.com, in addition
to many major retail locations including Borders,
Barnes and Noble, Sam Goody, Walden Books, Tower Records,
Circuit City, Best Buy, and Amazon.com.
Virginia artist releases new CD-single
There's a new sound in the heart of Virginia.
Music that speaks to your soul, uplifts your spirits
and soothes your mind is a rare gift, and a wellspring
of just such a gift is bubbling out of Glen Allen,
Betsy Foster, a Farmville native and graduate of
Longwood College, has released a new CD-single of
her most requested original romantic song, "Loving
You." The power and passion of the song is evidence
of Betsy's commitment to her art. In the 20 years
since Betsy composed "Loving You," it has
become a favorite with brides.
In releasing "Loving You" on CD, the artist
has been met with an immediate response from fans
who have been eagerly awaiting its release.
Betsy has been composing for over 25 years, but it
is only recently that her talent has found its full
expression and as a result, her creativity has been
met with critical acclaim.
The rich harmonies of Betsy's music and the emotion
that they draw from the listener are a life-affirming
and joyful experience, one that is to be shared with
those you love.
The release of the single marks a milestone in Betsy's
career, and in the growth of original romantic music.
The following appeared in the August
issue of Taxi Dispatch News. Taxi is an independent
Artist & Repetoire company located in California
that specializes in matching music from indie artists
with record companies, publishers, and music supervisors.
Dispatch focuses exclusively on TV, film, and specialty
Three of Betsy Foster's songs, "Mark's Song,"
"The Christmas Waltz" and "Loving You,"
were picked up by Clinicalm: a company that supplies
music to medical centers, restaurants and retail stores.
Clinicalm is also talking to Ms. Foster about using
more of her songs.
"This was an area I had hoped to market my music
to, so I'm absolutely thrilled!" says Betsy.
"Thanks for the opportunity and for helping me
achieve my musical goals as a composer!"
The following article appeared in
the Spring 2003 issue of Betsy's high school's newspaper,
The Focus, which is distributed not only to current
faculty, staff, and students, but also alumni and
former faculty and staff. When Betsy attended the
school it was called Prince Edward Academy; it's now
known as Fuqua School and is located in Farmville,
Betsy Duncan Foster '77 Finds Solace
Life for Betsy Duncan Foster '77 is a sheet of music,
with each note placed by herself and others as part
of a fabulous symphony. While at Prince Edward Academy,
Betsy received her formal introduction to music at
age 13 in an experimental group piano class at Longwood
College. She was an alto with the PEA chorus where
she was recognized as both a soloist and accompanist.
After graduating from PEA, Betsy earned her Bachelor
of Arts in Piano Performance from Longwood College,
creating a collection of original compositions along
A near fatal car accident in 1984 brought an abrupt
but temporary halt to Betsy's life of music. After
a long rehabilitation, she married in 1985 and gave
birth to her son Andrew two years later. The marriage
ended in 1989. Through these tumultuous events, the
love of music and the drive to create it helped sustain
her. Her composing as well as The Richmond Symphony
Chorus provided outlets for her talents in the mid-1990's.
Continual health problems forced her resignation
from the Chorus and forced final retirement from work
in 1998. This retirement has allowed Betsy to focus
solely on her music. Her ballad "Loving You"
has gained prominence from its beginnings in 1982.
Its release as a CD-single in April 2002 will shortly
be followed by Betsy's debut album, "A Dream
Come True," due for release this spring.
Betsy Foster's work is receiving considerable airplay.
Favorites of her fans include "Loving You,"
"Mark's Song," inspired by the death of
Diana, Princess of Wales and written for her current
husband Mark, "The Highlands," and "Going
Home," a September 11th tribute. Fans in Farmville
can hear "Loving You" on WFLO by request.
The CD-single is available for sale at Rolleighdon
Books, Caryn's Bridals, and The Ivy Trellis (owned
by Rosa Silveria Mann '76).
Currently, Betsy and Mark live in Glen Allen, Virginia.
She has an online showcase for her music at www.betsyfoster.com
where sample tracks and sheet music are available