Betsy Hammer has been dubbed
"The Singing Actress."
As a Professional Singer, Betsy Hammer
has performed numerous roles,
both on stage and in films.
Betsy was one of the stars of the Playhouse
Square Entertainment Center's and
NYC Dodger Productions'
Broadway-produced 6-month run
of the Tony Award nominated musical,
“Pump Boys and Dinettes.”
She played the role of “Prudie Cupp,”
one of the dinettes, becoming a
member of Actor’s Equity.
For her role as “Prudie,” Betsy received
sensational reviews, with the Cleveland Plain Dealer deeming her “a lighthouse of talent.”
As Prudie Cupp, Betsy also graced the cover
of Northern Ohio Live magazine.
Betsy has also performed the roles of
“Maria” in “The Sound of Music,” "Dolly" in
"Hello, Dolly!" and "Bunny" in "Babes In Arms."
During her years performing and recording in Nashville, TN, Betsy headlined on shows with
Patty Loveless, Mike Reid and Lynn Anderson.
Betsy has performed at some of Nashville’s
most famous venues, including The Bluebird Café, Tootsie’s, and Robert’s Western World.
Betsy Hammer worked as an in-demand session singer, recording hundreds of demos for
many of Nashville top songwriters,
among them Kim Williams,
Danny Wells and Kent Robbins.
Betsy was a singer on Neil Young’s “Old Ways” album, performing with Neil Young’s “angel choir.” Subsequently, the song, "Once An Angel," appears on two more of Neil Young's albums: “Mystery Train” and “Lucky Thirteen.” While performing around Nashville, Betsy was tapped to sing both the American national anthem and the Canadian national anthem (“O! Canada”)
for a Nashville Predators/Montreal Canadiens
NHL game. Singing these two anthems for
a dynamic crowd of 17,000 excited fans was definitely a career highlight.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Betsy Hammer
was selected by Adam Sandler to sing
the featured role of “The Phone Sex Lady”
in his beautiful animated holiday movie,
“Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights.”
Other Happy Madison films
that Betsy has sung in include “Click,”
“I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”
and “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.”
Betsy is a Voting Member of NARAS
(The Recording Academy/The Grammys), in the Vocalist category. She is also a member
in good standing of SAG-AFTRA.
As a singer in Adam Sandler’s Holiday band,
Betsy has sung with Lindsey Buckingham
(Fleetwood Mac), Don Felder (The Eagles),
Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Dennis DeYoung (Styx), Gene Simmons (KISS),
Rick Derringer (The McCoys), Debbie Harry
(Blondie), Tommy James, Tyson Ritter
(All-American Rejects), The Romantics,
Eddie Money, Sammy Hagar,
Vanilla Ice, Jackson Browne, Joe Walsh
(The Eagles), SLASH, Ann Wilson (Heart),
Jeff Lynne (ELO), Mike Reno (Loverboy),
Tiffany, Ron Dante (The Archies),
and Gary Wright, among others.
Betsy has lent her vocal talents to the films
“Pitch Perfect 2” and “Lemonade Mouth”
and the CBS TV show “The Good Wife.”
For the album “The Jewish Songbook:
The Heart and Humor of a People,”
Betsy Hammer is the Featured Artist on the song “Sabbath Prayer,” dueting with the late great legendary singer/actor Theodore Bikel.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Betsy has
released three CDs and continues to sing
regularly in recording studios as well as
perform for private parties and select causes.
In a nutshell, singing and laughing are Betsy Hammer’s two favorite pastimes.
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Betsy has had songs recorded by artists
in both Nashville and LA. Upon moving to Nashville, TN, Betsy’s song “Little by Little” was recorded by Karla Taylor on CURB Records (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2BDwc12OiQ).
“Little by Little,” co-written with Betsy’s friend Steve
Dean, has also been recorded by Randy Kohrs
on Junction Records. “Little by Little” is also
the title track of the Rounder Records album
“The Stevens Sisters – Little by Little"
“Little by Little” continues to be recorded by such
Indie artists as The Thrasher Brothers on Raider
Records, Ashley White, and Sarah Sigman.
Betsy’s song “I Just Wanna Dance!” was a single
for Heather Gilbert on Raider Records. Her song
“What Would You Write If You Wrote About Me?”
co-written with John Tirro, was recorded by
Kenny Marks on WORD Records.
For Norm Macdonald’s comedy album
“RIDICULOUS,” Betsy’s “Legend’s Waltz”
is the theme music for his “Tex Hooper” skit.
On MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16,” Betsy’s song
“Rock The House,” co-written with Davis Raines,
was performed by “Official Hot Mess."