It’s such a pleasure when a performer gives you reason to admire them as a person as well.
In 2014 Betty Who, a graduate of Berklee, was riding the success of her first single, Somebody Loves You; popularized by an adorable proposal video. Her song was climbing the charts and she was touring the United States. I was excited to see that the tour included a stop in Boston, but was disappointed when I found out that tickets were limited to students of the host university. Although disappointed, I was still determined to meet her.
The show day arrived as temperatures in Boston dropped below freezing. Despite the cold, I made my way to the venue’s stage door; bundled in a huge winter coat looking much like a giant marshmallow.
A few hours passed before Betty’s cab pulled up. She emerged and smiled when she saw me, the giant marshmallow, waiting. She happily gave an autograph and took a picture with me.
Meeting Betty had already put me over-the-moon. She was so down to earth and she made me feel like I was meeting up with a good friend rather than meeting a celebrity. I was ready to head home when she asked if I planned to see the show. I told her that I had been unable to obtain tickets to the closed event. She quickly said, “Let’s fix that!”
She brought me inside the venue and convinced the people running the event to make an exception. I couldn’t believe this was happening and expressed how grateful I was to receive the pair of tickets. She soon had to scoot off to soundcheck, but said she looked forward to seeing me in the crowd that night.
I returned to the venue at showtime with my friend, Sabrina. When we got to the door, the guard said that we weren’t on the guest list. My heart sank. Perhaps, this was all too good to be true.
I quickly remembered that Betty’s manager had given me her number in case I had problems with the tickets. I gave her a call and she assured me not to worry and that she’d be right out. Betty must have overheard and was right there before I could even hang up the phone. She apologized and personally wrote our names on the guest list. After thanking us for coming, she disappeared backstage and the lights dimmed.
The show that night was one of the best I’ve seen. There was lots of dancing and singing. It felt like a like a huge party and we all felt like family or as Betty calls it: The Who Crew.
The night ended and we all went our separate ways. I wasn’t able to thank Betty in person after the show, but sent a text to her manager expressing how grateful I was. She responded with a picture of Betty Who smiling with a thumbs up.
Since 2014, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Betty Who a few more times. I still will not forget how nice she was that night to a fan. As the years have gone by and her success has grown, I have become a greater fan and realized She’s (really) Some Kinda Wonderful.