Bett Butler is an award-winning songwriter, vocalist, and pianist living in historic and culturally rich San Antonio, Texas. Along with her spouse, composer/ producer/ bassist Joël Dilley, she co-owns Mandala Music Production, where they hang out with their dog Mingus and create music licensed for use on HBO, Discovery Channel, Cooking, Travel, and Playboy Channels, and more.
International Songwriting Competition: Winner, Jazz (song)
Independent Music Awards: Winner, Cabaret (album)
Independent Music Awards: Nominee, Spoken Word (song)
San Antonio Business Journal: Woman of Influence in the Arts
Texas Music Coalition: Fred Weiss Memorial Grant
Artist Foundation: Performance Grant
City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs: Artist of the Month
San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame: 2011 inductee (arts)
"A true artist....Her forte is creating rich story songs fluttering over a South American/South Philly soundscape we have to call jazz because the right word hasn't been invented."
"Put simply, pianist/vocalist Bett Butler and bassist Joel Dilley make great records.”
San Antonio Express-News
"Breathes new life into old songs with fresh arrangements and a flair for the exotic."
"Texas jazz vocalist shining star Bett Butler does the seemingly impossible: incorporate traits of Ella and Billie at the same time— Fitzgerald’s flowing grace and cadence with a bit of Holiday’s smoky husk."
“Butler is a unique package....Her voice, a smooth, slightly husky alto that can slide up to thrilling high notes, has a comfortable, soothing timbre; but she changes attitudes from song to song with the facility of a trained actor, striking a balance somewhere between the silken elegance of Norah Jones and the edginess of Patricia Barber....I marveled at the spell this singer could weave...recalling similar moments listening to Billie Holiday, Betty Carter, Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell. Bett Butler brought me to that place where music can salve the deepest wound, mend the heart most broken.”
United Press International
"Don’t expect 'lite jazz' here. The Houston-bred Bett Butler’s voice is sometimes hoarse and downright growly, but that’s usually the prelude for an unexpectedly soothing wail or a left-field, smirky stage whisper. She makes spontaneous, thrilling, but unflashy vocal choices based on the material, which she has usually written herself or with her partner Dilley. The snap-happy 'Cold Front' is the fahrenheit-opposite of Peggy Lee’s 'Fever.' (“What can I do to break the ice?” Butler pleads in one luscious soar). The string-laden 'When Love Has Left the Room' is an alcoholic’s last stand, narrated by her with barfly pleasure. With bawdy horns set to slow, sauntering beats, 'Bubba’s Inconvenience Store' might be Butler’s own version of a country novelty hit, in which she riffs splendidly about candy bars, armadillos, bottled water, hairstylist Jose Eber, and tow trucks – all while her car is stranded in a South Texas town.
In its most acid moments, Butler’s voice recalls the late-career performances of jazz great Annie Ross in Robert Altman’s sprawling flick Short Cuts. For the most part, though, Butler is warmer, fuller, and more agile in her phrasing of a lyric. Miss this Texas vocal powerhouse at your peril."
Fort Worth Weekly