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Meet JoBeth Umali

Today we’d like to introduce you to JoBeth Umali.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’ve come from Houston, TX! My childhood was an experimentation of violin, piano & guitar lessons. Eventually, the drums chose me at age 11. I studied this incredible instrument throughout high school and eventually moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. Since graduation, I’ve been recording albums with different artists, playing various gigs, touring & teaching private lessons.

Please tell us about your art.
My spirit speaks in rhythms and moving a crowd is my superpower. My favorite gigs are the ones that make people dance! I love playing at festivals & parties. I also enjoy playing at weddings; being part of someone’s most memorable day, even if they’re a stranger. The joy of drumming is like nothing else! I do it for myself, but I also do it make others feel good.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
The music industry is getting crazier in terms of how it’s driven by profit. This has changed my view of how far I’d like to go in my career. I would rather be a well-known local musician who tours occasionally instead of going mainstream. From what I’ve heard, being famous is not as fun as it sounds!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I’ve recorded on some albums which can be heard on my website jobethumali.com. I appreciate the support of my friends & fans who come to my shows! Those dates can also be found on my website.

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Akshay Sarma

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1 Comment

  1. Lita Consolacion

    December 7, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    I am extremely proud of what JoBeth has become – an artist in its truest sense.
    She will always be my niece, but most of all she’ll be the person I’ve known to embrace what it is to be an artist. It is not the money and the acolytes – it is achieving every fulfilling moment through every strike of his drumstick.
    I love you JoBeth!

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