How does someone go from growing up in a double wide trailer outside of Warner Robins, Georgia to becoming Miss America 2016? Well, it sure ain’t ‘luck’.
At a young age, Betty began singing with the musical influences of Linda Ronstadt and country music, singing songs like Harper Valley PTA with her Dad’s band. Betty began taking professional vocal and stage lessons at 14, continued studying at Mercer University Music program and never looked back with her non-stop drive and determination. Due to her singing talent, it was suggested to her by a friend to enter a pageant at age 19. Although she had never entered a pageant in her life she stepped up and just 24 months later and several pageants she was crowned Miss America 2016.
Now, this has become just part of the growing story as Betty moves to the next step with the same determination and confidence in her career as a singer and country music entertainer. Betty’s family and fiancé Spencer Maxwell (graduate of The Citadel), both have deep roots in military and due to her experience as Miss America, she has performed around the world for the Military USO Tours. Her first recording and video reflect her values and heart for the military with the song “Soldier On” available soon on iTunes, Spotify and YouTube.
Betty is currently recording more songs for the release of her first country music solo EP debuting in fall 2017. With Betty being a student at Mercer University she will now also have the distinguished honor to be the first artist to record in the Mercer Music at Capricorn Studio in Macon, GA. Growing up in middle Georgia she was also influenced by the amazing talent of Otis Redding from his involvement with Capricorn music and she is recording “Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay.”