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October 2009

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.

November 2007

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.

February 2007

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
Email: music@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 abroad.

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 & Sciences.

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 Age Reporter.

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.


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, Virginia.

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 music placement.

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, Virginia.

Betsy Duncan Foster '77 Finds Solace in Music

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 the way.

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 for download.