California artist Greg Beattie has won many songwriting and performing awards, including the Kerrville New Folk Competition, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists, West Coast International Song Contest Grand Prize, and the West Coast Songwriters Song of the Year. He also has songs placed in movies and TV (Anywhere But Here, Fame, Angel), and on numerous compilations. A dedicated writer and performer, Greg's styles span the universe of popular music -- Pop, Blues, Rock, Folk, Country, and whatever gives the lyrics life. He also sings and plays guitar in the band Calaveras.
Greg Beattie has been writing songs since age 12, when he got his first guitar, a $25 Sears Silvertone. During his college years, he played in coffee houses in Stockton, California. In 1993, he formed the band Calaveras with his wife, Victoria Blythe, and their friend and guitarist, Dave Decker. Greg's song Ready to Fly has been covered by several other performers, featured in several compilations, and played at the opening ceremonies of the world figure skating championships. The band plays mainly in the San Francisco Bay Area, but has toured much of the west and some of the east. They've been chosen to perform at three consecutive premier showcases at Folk Alliance Conferences in the West and Southwest. He also writes for his wife Victoria's pop/jazz act.
Between gigs, Greg graduated from Harvard Law School and is now a corporate attorney helping private technology and consumer goods companies. He is also former chairman of the Acoustic Vortex, a nonprofit that promotes acoustic music, and is currently a director of Bread & Roses, which sponsors over 600 concerts per year to people confined to prisons, homeless shelters, hospitals, etc.
Wistful pop anthem about a once grand street fallen into decay--a metaphor for modern urban life. Soaring male vocal over mandolin and atmospheric electric guitar. Strong mid-tempo groove with touching lyrics. Mixed Vocals, Pop, Acoustic Pop
An upbeat, high-energy, rhythmic New Years Eve romp in search of the elusive Club Paradise. Male vocal with female backup vocal over acoustic conga pop with wild percussion including egg beaters and pots and pans. Rocking acoustic guitar solo with a little dobro, lap steel. Great for celebrations! Mixed Vocals, Pop, Tropical Rock
Driving acoustic pop song about tilting at windmills, fighting to find meaning in life. Female vocal over pulsating drums, fretless bass, plaintive fiddle, acoustic guitars and mandolin. Angst-ridden lyric about the blind searching for truth. A passionate plea against complacence. Mixed Vocals, Pop, Acoustic Pop
A personal search for God/spirituality in a secular world. Female vocal over atmospheric, jazz/pop slow groove featuring jangly acoustic guitars and melodic fretless bass. Looking for meaning, recovering from tragedy, walking through humbling landscapes, facing crisis of faith or contemplating death, Female Vocals, Pop, Acoustic Pop
Acoustic guitar and piano send waves of sound washing over the track; female vocalist sings of drowning in the love of a fatal attraction. 6/8 time subtly conjurs sea shanties and the melody and lyrics tap folk/pop roots. Images of the sea, separated lovers, goodbyes or wistful or watery scenes, Female Vocals, Pop, Acoustic Pop
A guy who thinks too much trying to have a good time with a woman who doesn't. Honky-tonk acoustic with a contemporary vibe, lots of energy and some lyrical surprises. Solid groove supports male vocal, blues-jazz fiddle and dobro. Mixed Vocals, Pop, Acoustic Pop
Soaring love ballad about finding honest, true love after years of searching. Soprano vocal with mixed duet chorus, Earl Klugh style lead spanish guitar over congas, electric bass and acoustic guitar. Great emotional boost for weddings, falling in love, making up, confession-of-love scenes. Mixed Vocals, Pop, Pop Music
Sultry jazz/pop ballad about the pain of losing a perfect lover, heightened by his sweetness in departing. For scenes of break-up, heartache, remorse; intimate live music venue (lounge, bar, coffee house) settings. Live performance w/ standup bass, acoustic guitars, dark fiddle and light percussion. Female Vocals, Pop, Acoustic Pop
A woman deciding to break away from an abusive relationship. Strong but vulnerable female vocal over acoustic and electric guitar, eletric bass, light percussion and rich chorus vocals. For settings of female empowerment, strong woman, spousal abuse, breaking up, walking away, Female Vocals, Pop, Acoustic Pop
Atmospheric, cool cautionary tale about a guy who can't be trusted. Congas, shakers, bass (Benny Rietveld), steel guitar and mandolin back female vocals and a shimmering, mysterious electric guitar lead and solo by Stef Burns. Great for stories of seduction, heartbreak, deceived angry women. Female Vocals, Pop, Pop Music
Hauntingly beautiful singer-songwriter ballad about coming home to find peace and escape life's confusion. Jazz-folk fusion with Bruce Hornsby style piano and layered vocals. Intelligent lyric, wistful but positive. Mixed Vocals, Pop, Acoustic Pop
Slow, sultry acoustic ballad about a woman living with the dull pain of lost love and waiting for the sun to rise. Big swells of cymbals and toms and spacious acoustic guitar and piano support rich female vocal and harmonies. Poetic lyrics. For dark scenes, sadness, the end of love, breaking up, Female Vocals, Pop, Acoustic Pop
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