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August/September 2015

Beth’s next EP, “All That Longing” to be released on September 4, 2015! It will be available on all digital download sites.  And then in October, this EP will also be available in limited edition vinyl with free download of the EP included. Stay tuned.

On September 4th, you will be able to stream the new EP from Beth’s music page on this site.

Also on September 4th, there will be a new video of the title track of the new EP! See it here.

Spring/Summer 2015

Thank you Keyboard Magazine for the interview and feature! Read it here.

Beth’s song “It Could Be” to be in an Australian TV show called Winners and Losers.

You can see a new live performance video here.

A concert workshop presentation of the musical Bad Apples (music and lyrics written by Rob Cairns and Beth) to be performed in Los Angeles, Fall 2015.

And new music coming soon!

Fall/Winter 2014

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!

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Beth’s most recent release, All That Longing, departs from her usual pop stylings and veers into classic and modern folk/rock. From the opening contemporary anthemic folk tracks, to a 70s rock ballad reminiscent of Elton John’s Tumbleweed Connection era, and a torchy western closer, the songs carry an ache for what has been, a pining for what’s lost, and a longing for what could be.

“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.”


Click here to see the video of the title track.

EP available at iTunes and Amazon and other digital download sites.

Other Albums










All That Longing (2015)

Last to Fall (acoustic live video 2015)

Breezeblocks [Live alt-J (∆) Cover]

You’re So Pony (official video 2012)

Wash U Clean (live)

You’re So Pony (live)

What The Heart Wants (live)

Beautiful Lie (live)


View All That Longing recording session photos »


Beth-Thornley-bioBeth Thornley is a Birmingham, Alabama-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter who writes contemplative Beatle-esque pop with an engaging warmth and winsome sense of melody that recalls such master craftspeople as Squeeze’s Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, Elvis Costello, and Carole King. With her airy, plaintive voice as the through-line, Thornley manages to shape-shift over the course of her five independently released projects. Thornley has three full-length albums (Beth Thornley, 2003; My Glass Eye, 2006; and Wash U Clean, 2010), and two EPs (Septagon, 2014; and All That Longing scheduled for release on 9/4/2015). Septagon  includes the song Last To Fall which was co-written with Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) and also appears as a bonus track on Toad’s 2013 album, New Constellation, as well as their 2015 EP Architect of the Ruin. Beth’s most recent release, All That Longing, is a 4 song EP of modern and traditional folk rock and Americana. Her music has been heard in the films Magic Mike (directed by Steven Soderbergh), Girl In Progress (starring Eva Mendez), Laggies (staring Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell) and in several TV shows including The Client List, Mistresses, Royal Pains, Suburgatory, and Friday Night Lights. She has been featured in national publications such as Keyboard Magazine, Paste, and American Songwriter. In 2012, Beth and Rob Cairns co-wrote the music and lyrics for the original rock musical, Bad Apples (premiering in Los Angeles with Circle X Theatre), 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. Beth and her band play in Los Angeles and she continues to write and record.

Film & TV


Magic Mike (movie)
Wash U Clean


Degrassi 2014 Episode 14 Season 14 (Teen Nick)
All These Things


Mistresses (ABC)
Party Dress


Laggies (movie)
Night Light

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Bad Apples Musical

World Premier Los Angeles September 2012

(upcoming workshop and concert performance in Los Angeles, March 2015)

Circle X Theatre Co. presents the World Premiere of

Bad Apples

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, Summer 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

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
Beth Thornley and Rob Cairns win the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Music and Lyrics for an Original Musical. November 2013.

Album Reviews & Interviews

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Wash U Clean, 2010
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My Glass Eye, 2006
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Beth Thornley, 2002
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  • New EP coming soon! August 10, 2015
    Hello all! I'm excited to announce that my new EP, "All That Longing" will be available soon -- September 4, 2015. You'll be able to find it at all the usual digital download sites. AND THEN! this EP will also be available in limited edition vinyl with free download of the EP included. I'm so excited about the vinyl that I'm nearly peeing my pants. Vinyl release date will be a few weeks later. Stay tuned. In the past few weeks, we have also posted 2 new videos.  Check them out Here and Here. And as usual, you can stream…
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  • new website, new videos, 2014 year in review December 2, 2014
    I have new things to share!
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  • EP release! April 25, 2014
    April 8, 2014 is the day. It is the release day for my new EP, Septagon. It is available at all the usual digital outlet stores.
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