“We all have music within us. For me, music is the message I feel I have to offer.”
Check out the interview with Betttinna Lee Harris exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Betttinna Lee Harris: In Vancouver. I am technically deaf and I have artificial ear implants with bionic inner ears. When I was eight I was blown up in a terrorist attack in Quebec. Last year I was walking by an outside piano and I decided to play. A lot of people gathered. This is how I learned to communicate again after losing my ears. Last year my therapist thought music was good for me and I had talent and took me to the library studio. Music has been in my life since.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Never underestimate yourself. We all have music within us. For me, music is the message I feel I have to offer. Play for the feel of it and how it makes you feel.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Keeping the beat. On a couple of my videos my guitar and drums are not in sequence or my guitar is out of tune. Right now the hardest challenge is getting help to promote my music, making a CD to sale, or do a show. I know nothing about the music industry. Learn as you go along and everything costs something. I am on a fixed income.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
On the radio stations. I spotlight my profile on Numeberonemusic. I do know people like my sound. I have had 320,000 plays and 50,000 downloads. I have to learn to promote. I am hoping this interview will help me to get known.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Vancouver is a hard city. A lot of talent here and my fan base is all around the world. I am most popular in the states and United Kingdom.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Hopefully doing live performances and with a release on a label.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Therapist. Whitney Houston and Prince were so talented. Whitney I could hear because of her pitch. Prince had such a unique style I could follow. Today is me and Adele. I can hear her too.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
We need more songs to inspire the masses. My songs are easy to sing along with and they apply to everyone.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.numberonemusic.com/bettinnaleeharris/songs
YouTube: Bettinna lee harris