Growing up in a musical family, Bess was destined to follow in their footsteps. She remembers, "My mom played harpsichords that my father built and even recorded a CD with her group. I'd go to shows and help sell merch or tickets." Bess moved on to flute, and sang in her school choir before picking up the guitar in her early teens. Shy as she was, the passion to perform was too great. As a teenager she had already written many of her own songs, and she summoned up her courage to play them at open mic nights. As her skills grew she decided SUNY Purchase would be the place to refine her talents, ultimately earning a Master's degree in music composition. And that's where she met many of the musician friends that she currently works with, including Dan Romer (producer for Ingrid Michaelson, Jenny Owen Youngs, April Smith and others).
At Purchase they recorded her first EP, Valentine. That was followed by her independent release, Decisions Based on Information in 2007. Through a mutual friend, Bess was introduced to Ingrid Michaelson. She happened to need a lead guitarist and Bess happened to play guitar. It was kismet. Next thing she knew she was opening for the Dave Matthews Band, playing on The Tonight Show, and touring the country with Ingrid. All the while she continued to write. 2009 saw the release of her EP Travel Back. The track "Yellow Bird" was used on TNT's "Raising the Bar" and Bess took to the open road.
And 2010 will be busy as well. An April tour of her own with good friend Lelia Broussard; Barenaked Ladies, Bonnaroo and Lilith Fair dates with Ingrid; an EP release for The Flux Capacitors and her own album scheduled for a late summer release, Bess isn't sitting around her home in Brooklyn waiting for fun to come her way.via