It starts with a single note, a single phrase or a single melody to change a person’s life and to make art an introspective influence to one’s soul.
For Pop-songwriter Elisabeth Beckwitt, music has been a constant in her life since day one; since the first notes she played on the piano. At age eight, living in her hometown of Lexington, MA, Elisabeth discovered her love for performance when she, her parents, and her older brother began putting on small concerts for their friends and family. With her mother on violin and brother and father on piano, Elisabeth’s love for music, specifically for singing, started to bloom. Though fond memories of music filled her early years, Elisabeth’s childhood was not without its hardships.
Throughout her teenage years, Elisabeth struggled with severe anxiety and depression stemming from childhood abuse. Elisabeth’s struggles led her to seek professional psychiatric assistance, where she was eventually diagnosed with a mental disorder. The help Elisabeth received gave her the tools she needed to make it through a difficult time in her life while teaching her to manage her diagnosis. It is her hope that by being open about her disorder and sharing her personal struggles, she can help to erase the stigma that is oftentimes associated with mental health.
Presently, Elisabeth takes inspiration from indie-pop acts such as Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles. She writes with heart and confidence, her clear voice typically accompanied by melodic piano. In April, Elisabeth released a music video for her track “One More,” a project that serves to open up a dialogue for those struggling with addiction in all of it's many forms. Currently, Elisabeth is hard at work preparing for the release of her next EP which she hopes will continue to break down the stigma around topics like depression, sexual identity, and mental health treatment.