So very happy about the movie, Laggies, using my song Night Light (co-written with Jess Furman). The movie stars Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell. I think Sam is great. Kiera, too, but I’ve seen a lot of movies with Sam and he’s a favorite of mine.
Also happy to report that Party Dress (co-written with Lindsey Ray) was heard on the ABC show Mistresses.
The very popular Canadian show, Degrassi, will be using my song All These Things in their upcoming season 14, episode 14. You can hear the song on my new EP, Septagon (stream from my music page here at this website or find it on iTunes.). Thank you Degrassi!
Dates for a solo show at Piano Bar in Hollywood in January TBA!
Beth’s new EP, Septagon, (released on April 8) is available now at all the usual digital outlet stores. Beth and the band will play their EP release show on Saturday, April 26 at 9:30pm at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, CA. yay!
The International Songwriting Competition just chose its semi-finalists and Beth’s new song on the upcoming EP, “All These Things” was one of the semi-finalists. The contest has nearly 19,000 entries from over 100 countries and the semi-finalists make up the top 8%. Very happy and honored to be one of the 8%.
LA Stage Alliance nominated Beth and Rob for an Ovation Award for “music and lyrics for an original musical”. And they won!! Also winning was the writer of the book, Jim Leonard. These awards are for the musical “Bad Apples”. Find out more about it on the Musical page on this site.
Beth will be releasing an EP in early 2014. Stay tuned.
Beth’s song , “You’re So Pony” was in the ABC Family show “Switched at Birth.
“Septagon delivers four rock-solid songs with poignant moods, celebrations of energy and complex themes both dark and light. Purely as a songwriter, she excels at weaving diverse thoughts into crashing emotional statements. As a performer she has a singular voice and gentle style of instrumentation that hints at a massive weight of intellectual substance. Her work has a balance to it, a “rightness” that aligns the various elements into cohesive relationships like natural gravity.”
— Rust Magazine, April 2014
One day, about a year and a half ago, Beth Thornley found herself sobbing while watching an Eva Mendes movie. The film, Girl in Progress, stars Mendes as a single mom to a troubled 14-year-old girl who plots a shortcut to adulthood by losing her virginity at a party (though things don’t go as the teenager planned). “There’s No Way,” a song from Thornley’s album Wash U Clean, plays over the intense scene, and when Thornley saw it in the film, she burst into tears. “I originally wrote the song about a friend who was self-destructing to hurt his family,” Thornley says. “And since it wasn’t the usual straightforward subject matter for a pop song, I wasn’t sure anyone would really hear it or care about it. So when the music supervisor made the effort to truly listen and put it in the perfect place, it made me cry. It was like, ‘Yes. I’ve been understood.’”
Careful listening to Thornley’s music definitely pays off. The Birmingham, Alabama-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter writes contemplative Beatle-esque pop with an engaging warmth and winsome sense of melody that recalls such master craftspeople as Aimee Mann, Squeeze’s Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, Elvis Costello, and Aztec Camera’s Roddy Frame. With her airy, plaintive voice as the through-line, Thornley manages to shape-shift over the course of her three independently released albums — her 2003 self-titled debut, 2006’s My Glass Eye, 2010’s Wash U Clean, and now her latest EP, Septagon — with music that spans ’60s-inspired psychedelic rock, to groove-minded dance tunes, to indie singer-songwriter pop.
Her range is so vast that music supervisors have been able to use her songs to underscore everything from the above-mentioned emotionally charged scene to deploying “Wash U Clean” in a playful sequence of Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer grinding up on some sorority girls in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike. Her songs have also been featured in the movies Ass Backwards, The Perfect Man, Between, and Play The Game, as well as the TV shows Friday Night Lights, Hung, Royal Pains, Vanderpump Rules, The Client List, Save Me, Ringer, Suburgatory, Jersey Shore, In Plain Sight, The Hills, Newport Harbor, Making the Band, Life, Jack and Bobby, Everwood, and Scrubs.
“I feel like all my songs fit under the umbrella of pop, but I do like to push the envelope,” Thornley says. “I’m afraid that if I don’t, I will get repetitive, and I’m terrified of that. So if I write a melodic song, the next one is bound to be a dance song. I just write whatever’s next.”
What’s next for Thornley is the four-song EP Septagon, which opens with the yearning, upbeat single “Say That You Will.” Thornley wrote the song after experiencing a crisis of confidence that came, in part, from completing but not releasing a 2011 EP of songs because she didn’t feel they were strong enough. In 2012 and 2013, she began to get her mojo back when she and her husband, the composer Rob Cairns (who has played guitar, bass, and drums on and supplied savvy production for all of her albums and three tracks on Septagon) co-wrote an original rock musical called Bad Apples, which earned the pair nominations for “Best Original Score” by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly, and L.A. Stage Alliance, winning awards from the latter two.
World Premier Los Angeles September 2012
Circle X Theatre Co. presents the World Premiere of
By Jim Leonard
Music by Beth Thornley and Rob Cairns
Directed by John Langs
Welcome to Club Abu, the biggest party in Baghdad and the premier location for Iraqi nightlife. You only need to answer the following question to gain entry: “Do you love me enough to torture for me?” Dress code is whatever you got dragged in wearing (or nothing at all). Freedom lovers only, please.
Upcoming workshop/backer’s performance in Los Angeles, January 2015.
Bad Apples is a new rock musical that follows three characters inspired by the three National Guard soldiers behind the atrocities at Abu Ghraib prison in 2003/2004. Jim Leonard has created a compelling, jarring, beautiful and heartbreaking story that asks how this tragedy came to be. Who were the victims? Who were the villains? Is sadism part of being human? Was Abu really an aberration brought on by a few “bad apples?”
Produced by Tim Wright and Jennifer A. Skinner
Choreography: Cassandra Daurden
Musical Direction: Beth Thornley and Rob Cairns
Scenic Design: Francois-Pierre Couture
Projection Design: Jason H. Thompson
Lighting Design: Jeremy Pivnick
Sound Design: Cricket S. Myers
Costume Design: Jessica Olson
Props Design: Heather Ho
Associate Producers: Katherine Haan and Jennifer Ludden
Casting Director: Raul Staggs
Stage Manager: Katherine E. Haan
Assistant Directors: Kate Jopson and Johanna McKay
ATWATER VILLAGE THEATRE
3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039
Beth Thornley and Rob Cairns win the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Music and Lyrics for an Original Musical. November 2013.
Solo show at Piano Bar in Hollywood in January 2015; date TBA
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