Jordan and Mikaela Burchill are the married couple behind the indie-Americana singer-songwriter duo Beth // James. (Courtesy Madeline Northway Photography)
Jordan and Mikaela Burchill, the married couple behind Austin-based singer-songwriter duo Beth // James, began their story studying jazz music while enrolled at the University of North Texas.
Following graduation, the pair moved to Austin and began working on various projects. But their frequent collaboration as songwriters soon led them to form their own duo, using both their middle names as the band's moniker. After releasing an EP and having a single featured in "BlacKkKlansman," the Oscar-nominated film by Spike Lee, Beth // James are prepping for tour dates in support of their debut album “Get Together.”
In the latest installment of "CI Conversations"—special episodes of the Austin Breakdown podcast featuring discussions with Austin residents about how where they're from inspires what they do—Jordan and Mikaela talk about how the city of Austin has shaped their songwriting and how music has been a strong foundation for their relationship.
Beth // James’ debut album “Get Together” is available on all streaming platforms. Listen until the end of the episode to hear a snippet of their single “Shake It Out.”
Connor McGovern produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, The Austin Breakdown, The Houston Breakdown and The DFW Breakdown. He also works as a reporter and producer for Mid-Missouri Public Radio and an editor at the Columbia Missourian. In May 2023, Connor will graduate from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Olivia hosts and produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, the Austin Breakdown, the Houston Breakdown and the DFW Breakdown. She launched the podcasts after nearly three years as a reporter for the newspaper, covering public health, business, development and Travis County government for the Central Austin edition. Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. You can follow her on Twitter @ojaldridge.
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