Despite the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic, spending the past year in lockdown hasn’t seen things slow down for Beth Macari. The UK singer has released her first single of 2021 titled, "Gotta Get Back," a deep dive into 90’s Soul and R&B.
“Gotta Get Back” is the first of many songs that Beth penned during the lockdown and see’s Beth working solely ‘in-house’ with her long time band member and collaborator Phil The Beat, working on music from home and meeting at their studio in Newcastle Upon Tyne when lockdown restrictions allowed. The limitations of working through the COVID-19 lockdown presented the pair with an opportunity to be more creative and work away from outside influences in the industry.
The Newcastle-based soul artist managed to finish up her latest EP “I Am Everything” which included the first single “I Promise (That I Got You)” just before the pandemic hit at the start of 2020.
“I Promise” was picked up by US soul radio stations and quickly entered the Official Soul Chart, breaking into the Top 20 after Beth was featured as ‘Artist of the Week’. The song then went on to win the ‘Presidents Choice Award’, as voted by thousands of listeners worldwide.
“It felt surreal to have my music reach people in the US, let alone win an award for it. I’m so grateful to everyone who made it happen.”
“It’s been both scary and exciting, I feel like I’ve always thought I’m not good enough to create something in full and be proud of it without us having to get other people to tweak it and make it better, so it was rewarding to prove myself wrong. I loved really taking my time with it and working with my best friend.”
Although live music ground to a halt for most of 2020, Beth did manage to perform twice at the UK’s first socially distanced venue, the Virgin Money Unity Arena, supporting Fleetwood Mac tribute “Rumours” and Les Misérables star Alfie Boe.
With live music set to make a return in 2021, Beth is looking forward to getting back on stage, with dates already re-scheduled from 2020 including support slots with Alexandra Burke on her UK tour and opening for Will Young at South Tyneside’s summer music festival.