The daughter of nightclub musicians, Beth Hamon is a bicycle-riding, creative autodidact whose songs straddle the fuzzy line between Jewish and secular themes of justice, hope, renewal and love. Based in Portland, Oregon, she tours as an artist- and educator-in-residence and cantorial soloist at coffeehouses, community centers and synagogues across the country. When not on the road, Beth shares her gifts at Portland-area open mics and jam sessions, inspiring and being inspired by other independent songwriters.
Beth was selected as one of the top five “New Voices In Jewish Music” by Forward magazine. She is in demand as a commissioned songwriter and clinician at music conferences and day-of-Jewish-learning events across the United States.
In addition, Beth is also a drummer and percussionist with extensive teaching, performing and adjudicating experience in symphonic percussion, opera and ballet pit orchestras, jazz drumming and the pageantry arts (drum corps and marching band). She holds a degree in Music Education and Middle East Studies from Portland State University. Deeply concerned about the nationwide finding cuts in arts education across the country, Beth also volunteers her time as a drum instructor at Portland-area elementary schools.
Beth’s three recorded collections include liturgical settings and original compositions about life as experienced through an American-Jewish lens. She is at work on a fourth album of original Jewish folk music.
“There’s nothing else like it! It’s bright acoustic pop and folk, performed with hearty, honest joy. It’s inspired, and inspiring.”
–Tom Petersen, Victory Review Magazine “Today’s Harry Chapin is a woman, fierce and powerful and lovely.”
— Sharol Brickman, singer-songwriter, St. Louis