Betti V is ready to celebrate with Tempo

POSTED: 10/24/12 5:51 PM

St. Maarten – Songstress, Betti V Nisbeth, St. Maarten’s daughter of the soil, has been singing and performing since the tender age of 12, when she blew away her local church congregation with her rendition of ‘Tomorrow’ by the Winans.
Now, she too has an opportunity to showcase her vocal talents when Tempo celebrates their seventh birthday right here on the friendly island and she can hardly wait to hit the stage.
Tempo, is by far the biggest entertainment platform in the Caribbean and just the thought of performing for the world to see, makes Betti V excited.
“Ha ha, you know honestly, I haven’t really spent time processing the whole experience, that opportunity comes as proof to me that once you begin to live your authentic self, be real and to yourself first and foremost, open yourself to love,” she said.
But she too has a spiritual side and did not hold back her thoughts on life. “You connect with awesome people, who know awesome people who are connected to Tempo and boom an opportunity literally comes to you,” she added.
According to Betti V, she is living and seeing her dreams and wishes being fulfilled. “Everyday, I want to share that with my brothers and sisters in the rest of the Caribbean, around the world and at home. That is my heart’s desire, that is how I want to use my gift and talent so everything will flow naturally now that Tempo has shown up for me to be a part of the big picture.”
But the entertainment journey for Betti V began a long time ago. Who knew such a powerful, sultry, soulful voice could come out of a shy scrawny little girl?
From there Betti V, a name she coined for her self, participated in various children’s song festivals, winning the St. Maarten’s Third Annual Children’s Song Festival in 1983.
She was also a member of the children’s choir ‘The Lollipops’, led by the Ambassador of Music, Anastacia Larmonie. During the 1990’s Betti V sung backup and lead for bands like ‘Bad Boys’, ‘Tonka’, ‘Friends’, and ‘Phenomenon’ to name a few.
As lead singer for the ‘Phenomenon’, she had the opportunity to perform for a private yacht party hosted by Herbbie Hancock and Michael Douglas.
Betti V is also known in the arena of theatre and film. Under the mentorship of the late Sir Ian Valz, she was first cast in TV miniseries Tradewinds (1993) and The Peacock Dance (2003).
In on-stage plays Antillean House (2004) and Borderline (2007). In 2005 she was cast in a supporting role in the award-winning film The Panman: Rhythm of the Palms, St. Maarten’s first locally produced feature film which in December 2007 had its red-carpet premiere in St. Maarten, and has been screened elsewhere in the region and is on the line-up for film festivals in the UK, North America, Europe, South Africa and Australia.
It was also shown at the Curaçao film festival, Carifesta in Guyana, and had a grand premiere in the Netherlands September 2008.The film picked up two awards, winning the best feature film at the Hollywood Black Film Festival, and Best Score at the Brooklyn International Film Festival, both in June 2008. In 2006 she was nominated as Best Supporting Actor.
In 2005 Betty joined the renowned international Saint Martin band Youthwaves as female lead singer. Their international audiences has grown to include Dominica, St. Kitts, Tortola, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barths, Fr. Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Marie Galant, Le Saint, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the USA.
To date, Youth Waves have accomplished much, which they are very proud of. They’ve opened concerts for world renowned bands like Kassav, Tanya St. Val, Lovendere, Lucky Dube, Steel Pulse, Digital Express, 727 La Rose, Mary J. Blige, Beres Hammon, Les Aiglon, Wyclef Jean, Njie, and Shaggy just to name a few.
International events such as, Fete de la Music, France, Festival Terres de Blues, Marie Galant, Carnival Tropical de Paris, France, Antillean Feesten (Germany), the annual CTO Gala Dinner (New York), Labor Day Carnival, the Detroit Carnival (USA) and the Heineken Regatta (St. Maarten), are just some of the organizations/events for which Youth Waves have also performed.
In 2008 Betti V recorded her first zouk solo track, Into You by Tamia, on their album Voices.
Over a span of over 25 years, Betti V has graced many a stage locally, regionally, and internationally both singing as well as acting.
Betti V and has also performed solo gigs, with guitarist Serge Emmanuel on both sides of the island, La Place – Baie Orient, Le Shore – Grand Case, Le Domaine de Lonvilliers, Radisson, Great Bay, Mary’s Boone, Cappuccino Restaurant and the elegant Sheer Restaurant just to name a few.
Since 2011, Betti V has been involved in several new and exciting projects. Collaborating closely with multi-talented, singer- songwriter, and producer Dion Gumbs, their duet single and music video ‘We Can Smile Again’, was released in May of 2012.
Finally realizing her lifelong dream
Nowadays, you’ll find Betti V at Zamar recording studio realizing her lifelong dream recording her long awaited single ‘Hold On’ (with clip and album to follow). Release is scheduled for later this year.
With performing, acting, and singing under her belt, Betti V has now turned her energy to radio, joining the ranks of female radio hosts. Using this platform Betti V’s heart’s desire is to challenge, encourage and empower her listening audience to live their authentic lives – among others- by causing a positive shift in their mindsets to a higher consciousness, thereby, starting a chain reaction of positive paradigm shifts.
Her new radio program The Betti V Morning Show can be heard weekday mornings 7am to 10am on Youth Radio 92.5 FM.
Actor, singer songwriter, recording artist, and now radio host, Betti V has definitely made her mark and is continuing to do so.

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