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the story

How does someone go from growing up in a double wide trailer outside of Warner Robins, Georgia to becoming Miss America 2016?  Well it sure ain’t ‘luck’.

At a young age Betty began singing with the musical influences of Linda Ronstadt and country music, singing songs like Harper Valley PTA with her Dad’s band.  Betty began taking professional vocal and stage lessons at 14, continued studying at Mercer University Music program and never looked back with her non-stop drive and determination.  Due to her singing talent it was suggested to her by a friend to enter a pageant at age 19.  Although she had never entered a pageant in her life she stepped up and just 24 months later and several  pageants she was crowned Miss America 2016.  

Now this has become just part of the growing story as Betty

moves to the next step with the same determination and

confidence in her career as a singer and country music entertainer.  

Betty’s family and fiance’ Spencer Maxwell (graduate of The Citadel),

both have deep roots with military and due to her experience as

Miss America she has performed around the world for the Military

USO Tours.  Her first recording  and video reflect her values and

heart for the military with the song “Soldier On” available soon

on iTunes, Spotify and YouTube.


Betty is currently recording more songs for the release of her first country music solo EP debuting in 2017.   With Betty being a student at Mercer University she will now also have the distinguished honor to be the first artist to record in the Mercer Music at Capricorn Studio in Macon, GA.  Growing up in middle Georgia she was also influenced by the amazing talent of Otis Redding from his involvement with Capricorn music and she is recording “Sitting On The Dock of The Bay”.