“HoneyBee” chooses WRP for their first interview as a duo!
In this episode of Turning Points, Patricia Killeen welcomed “HoneyBee”, a duo comprised of singer-songwriter-guitarist Michael D. Amitin and percussionist-singer Betty Rojas. The two met playing a gig as hired guns in a champagne parlour in Paris, and in October 2021 “HoneyBee” was formed.
Poet, storyteller and singer-songwriter Michael D. Amitin travelled the roads of the American West from California – east through the smoky burgs and train depot diners of Western Colorado, crisscrossing the highways of America- before moving to Paris in 2009.
His credits include songwriter/musician on the RCA album “First Fire”, self-produced albums “Seaspiders”, “Jemima Puddle-Duck” and ‘Three Party System.” Michael’s songs have been recorded by Motown greats David Ruffin, Natalie Cole and others. Since moving to Paris, he’s played in clubs and concerts, and in 2021 was awarded “International Poet Laureate” for his poetry and writing efforts.
Percussionist, Singer Betty Rojas moved from Miami to Paris in 1990 and has since played in numerous festivals (Jazz à Vienne, Festival de jazz de Nice, and many more) with Rumbanana, a Latin Jazz big band, with French pop star Camille Hardouin at “Festival Les Francofolies”. She’s also played on television with Dick Rivers and on Dominique Farrugia’s, “La Grosse Émission”. Betty played with Leon Parker and was featured on his latest album, “The Leo”. She plays in many other groups around town as well. East Coast – West Coast, the collaboration of Michael and Betty creates a unique Americana brew of country-blues tunes stacked with bristling, soulful vocal harmonies as Latin percussion percolates infectious grooves beneath.
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