SHU falls in love with Lovebettie

Seton Hill University’s (SHU) own Ali Naples brings a new sound to the music world with her band Lovebettie.

“We are alternative rock with a soulful twist. I haven’t met anyone yet that really knows what ‘our sound’ is, and we like it that way,” said Naples. “We don’t want to sound like anyone but Lovebettie.”

By Bethany Merryman,

Staff Writer

Seton Hill University’s (SHU) own Ali Naples brings a new sound to the music world with her band Lovebettie.

“We are alternative rock with a soulful twist. I haven’t met anyone yet that really knows what ‘our sound’ is, and we like it that way,” said Naples. “We don’t want to sound like anyone but Lovebettie.”

Naples is currently a Bachelor of Fine Arts 3-D major at SHU. She has also been playing the piano since she was 10, and has been singing for three years.

“I didn’t start playing the piano in the band until about a year and half ago, so doing both at the same time was a big change,” said Naples.

Lovebettie has been around for one year. Before that they were named “Myriad” for two years. Lovebettie is made up of four band members, C.T. Fields on lead guitar and vocals, Matt Sharrow on bass, J. Banks on drums and percussion and Naples on piano and lead vocals.

“C.T. and I usually come up with the original idea for the song and write the lyrics, but once we get the idea going the other guys are always part of the writing process too, “ said Naples.

As far as influences go, Naples said, “Well, I think I’m a little different when it comes to the usual idols for people our age. I’m a huge fan of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, and the radio in my car is only ever playing 94.5. I’ve been obsessed with Motown since I was eight.”

She explained that she had just about every kind of music on her iPod and it ranges from Atreyu to Ween.

“I like when I can see that people are really connecting to the music and that they are truly having fun, said Naples. “ It’s a huge rush when you’re on stage and people are screaming and going crazy, it definitely pumps you up.”

Although performing is a total rush, Naples admits that she gets nervous, “It’s starting to get a little better now that I’ve been doing it for a while, but usually I’m pretty quiet and kind of shaken up the day of a show. It all disappears the second I walk on stage.”

Lovebettie has experienced great success. “Opening for Lifehouse at a sold out show was pretty insane. But we did get filmed for Comcast On Demand and that was really cool,” said Naples.

Check out Lovebettie’s MySpace page for concert dates and to listen to their music.