Amberley Beatty as Patsy CLINE The ULTIMATE TRIBUTE
Canadian Tribute Artist Brings Patsy Cline To Life
In the early sixties, recording star Patsy Cline brought a new kind of country music to the world with songs like “I Fall To Pieces”,“Walking After Midnight” and Willie Nelson’s timeless “Crazy”, the top jukebox earner of all time. She created a new musical genre, successfully melding, country, pop and blues styles, like no one before her. Patsy Cline became the standard by which female country singers were judged for generations. Her concerts were sell-outs. Her performances on The Grand Ol’ Opry were popular with millions in the U.S.A. and Canada. And her records reached the top of the country and pop charts and remain popular today, despite her untimely death in a 1963 plane crash. She was truly one of a kind. Elmira Ontario based Amberley Beatty, says “practice makes perfect” and the proof of that is evident in the wonderful Patsy Cline tribes she has performed countless times to the delight of fans across North America and Mexico. A multi-talented entertainer, she is an accomplished singer, songwriter, recording artist and actress. Besides fronting concert and dance bands, recording five albums and touring the continent, she has also performed lead roles in theatrical productions Oliver and Anne of Green Gables. But it's her fresh, new take on Cline's concert performances that has both fans and critics talking. No one else does Cline with the accuracy, passion and depth of Amberley Beatty. “I love great songs and I love Patsy Cline” says Amberley. This may be why she plays the late star so brilliantly. I first witnessed Amberley Beatty’s Patsy Cline tribute at the famous Lancaster Opera House, in upstate New York. Her personification of Cline was so realistic and so deep, it took my breath away. As a long-time Cline fan, I had difficulty taking it all in. The lady “walked the walk” and “talked the talk”, nailing every nuance of every song, centre-stage or strolling through the aisles, singing and joking with the audience, as Cline did with her famous 100ft microphone cord. This was no rambling history lesson. It was hit after hit after hit, followed by thunderous applause.
Long recognized as the leading Patsy Cline tribute artist in Canada and the USA, Amberley Beatty brings a whole new dimension to the genre, just as Cline did to country and pop music. Her performances are heartfelt, sometimes irreverent, but always highly entertaining. And over the years she has managed to create a host of new fans for Patsy Cline and herself. Equally comfortable in a colourful “Opry” outfit, or a sparkling gown, Ms. Beatty destroys the stereotype image of Patsy Cline as a country bumpkin in a cowboy hat. She spotlights a side of Cline witnessed only by those lucky enough to have attended one of her concerts. The Patsy Cline story is well know to music fans everywhere. Real Patsy is all about the music. Says Amberley “you can read about Patsy Cline's life on the Internet, but a tribute concert provides an opportunity to really appreciate her. My mission is to bring Patsy's haunting songs, rambunctious personality and humour-filled style to life, even if it's only for 90 minutes”. As Marcia Blondin once pointed out in The Vallarta Tribune; Ms. Beatty's life and career parallels that of Patsy Cline in surprising ways. Like Cline, the popular, well travelled entertainer is a busy mother, who barely survived a car crash, but soon returned to the stage, seemingly as strong and energetic as ever. And like Cline, Ms. Beatty may be loath to admit it, but she will likely carry some pain as a result of that accident. However it will never stop her from putting on a roof-raising show. She is truly a “super trouper”.