What is Soul Trader?
Soul Trader® is an energetic, passionate acoustic pop/rock feast and the brain child of songwriter/performer Simon James Betts™. Let’s say a vehicle with which Simon, and who ever chooses to join him, can deliver their music.
“I don’t need my name in lights, this is a shared experience. The name Soul Trader® gives a consistent voice to the music I am working on. From 2004 til 2006 that was Corey Stewart (and we continue to write together), during that period we were Soul Trader®. Musicians will come and go, but this will always be Soul Trader®. It’s about the music and the experience, not about me. Does that make sense? I hope so. I want the audience to have input into Soul Trader® as well, that’s what is exciting for me, seeing where this goes, with your help. :)”
– Simon James Betts.
So there it is in a nutshell.
Simon James Betts™ always wanted to be a magician but his parents misheard what he said, bought him a guitar and the rest is history.
After some time as a solo musician, Australian songwriter & performer Simon James Betts™ formed Soul Trader® in 2004.
The songs of Soul Trader® have been compared to artists including Crowded House, The Fray, Snow Patrol, David Gray, Bryan Adams & The Eagles (to name a few). They have an individuality & catchiness that leaves you wanting more. Soul Trader® is an energetic, passionate acoustic pop/rock feast.
- 3 Albums (1 with Soul Trader, 2 Solo)
- International touring
- Performing in front of 10,000 people at the Dunbrody Festival (Ireland)
- 2004 finalist in the AWASAM Award for Excellence as Male Solo Artist
- Airplay around Australia and Ireland.
- Daddy Cool legend Ross Wilson
- Leading Irish acts Mary Black, The Wolftones & Aslan
- Chris Baron (Spin Doctors – USA)
- The Waifs (Australia)
Playing Numerous Festivals & Events including:
- Adelaide Cabaret Festival
- Dunbrody Festival (Ireland)
- Killmuckridge Festival (Ireland)
- Victor Harbor Folk Festival
- McGarth Foundation Annual Fund Raiser
- Crush Festival
- Chain of Pond Winery ‘A Savvy Day Out’ and ‘Anzac Day’
The music of Soul Trader® has been embraced around the world by audiences and industry alike. One Irish radio interview kicked off with the line,
“We are looking at the future tonight & the future is Simon James Betts!”
A second Irish DJ needed just 2 words
“F**kin’ Class” (I think that was off air)
For 2004-2006 Simon was joined live by Corey Stewart, a multi-instrumentalist and singer, who has toured all over Australia in many different bands as a player and musical director. Simon & Corey continue their strong songwriting partnership to this day.
“Watch this space!”
– Simon James Betts.