Betty Who: what to know before the show

By Julia Taliesin

Staff Writer

Betty Who
A photo shoot from the issue of “The Improper Bostonian” featuring Betty Who on the magazine cover. Source: Elias Tahan

Betty Who, an Australian electropop singer-songwriter, is performing at Simmons College on Saturday Nov. 11 at the Holmes Sports Center.

Born Jessica Anne Newham, Betty Who attended high school at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and continued her music education at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She independently released her first EP in 2012, which rapidly became popular online and garnered agency attention. She was propelled to fame in 2013, when her single “Somebody Loves You” was used in a gay marriage proposal video that went viral on YouTube.

Betty Who regularly recognizes the fact that her fanbase is grounded in the LGBTQ+ community. Throughout the year, and especially in June, Betty Who performs at countless Pride festivals. She released a “love letter to the LGBTQ community” in June 2017 saying, “My entire career has been shaped and defined by the LGBTQ+ community … every summer, without fail, I get to stand in front of a group of humans who are young, old, gay, straight, loud, queer, dressed up, undressed, whatever they want to be. And it’s okay. It is absolutely and entirely okay. I can’t think of anything more special than that.”

This dynamic, fun, and refreshing performer will no doubt deliver an incredible performance. Tickets are only $5. Purchase them at the Campus Activities Board office and online at