As a teenager she honed her vocal skills by training with the Director of The Brooklyn College of Opera and not only plays both the guitar and piano but writes her own music as well. As a singer, she has released two independent albums, titled Preincarnate (2002) (2002) and Come On Home (2005), and is best known for her chart topping duet When the Stars Go Blue and video release of Songs in My Pockets. Deemed a triple-threat, Galeotti now boasts stage credits that include collaborating with Garry Marshall and Carole King on a new musical as well as working with director Arthur Allan Seidelman on a production of The Outsiders.
Galeotti's first solo singing performance was at the age of 3, in front of a crowd of three thousand people at the The Carpenter's Church in Lakeland, Florida. At the age of four, Galeotti and her family moved to Arlington, Texas. While attending Pope Elementary there, she was bitten by the acting bug. Immediately after, she performed a twenty minute soliloquy part in High HopeS and Heavy Sweatshirts. This was performed in a very intimate setting in a Dallas museum. She then landed her first stage role at age seven, playing a Munchkin in a local production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
When she was 13, she moved with her family to New Jersey and attended the Hawthorne Christian Academy for 1 year. She immediately began auditioning and quickly became a commercial veteran, appearing in commercials for Eggos Waffles and Dr Pepper. It was at this time that she, still going by the name Joy Lenz, changed it to Joie Lenz, which was also used as her stage name. 'Joie' is 'Joy' spelled in French with an English pronunciation.
At age 15, (during her sophomore year in high school) Galeotti appeared in her first film, Stephen King's Thinner. Her performance was well-noted in reviews, particularly in the Associated Press: "One of the highlights of the film was a joy — Joy Lenz."
In March 1998, at 17, she earned a nine episode gig in CBS's soap opera Guiding Light where she first appeared as the teenaged clone of Reva Shayne. Galeotti made such an impression on viewers, critics and Guiding Light executives alike that she was later recast as Michelle Bauer Santos upon Rebecca Budig's exit. This was an unusual move and "unheard of" in the industry according to CBS producer Mickey Dwyer-Dobbin.
In November 1998, Galeotti began acting in one of her most popular roles to date, as Michelle Bauer Santos. While working on the demanding daytime serial Guiding Light, she graduated from Eastern Christian School in New Jersey in 1999 and landed the role of "Rose Cronin" in Mary & Rhoda. She also appeared in the off-Broadway musical "Foxy Ladies Love/Boogie 70's Explosion.
At the time she was juggling a heavy storyline, a television movie, portraying Mary Tyler Moore's daughter, a one-year run of a New York cabaret and the lead in an independent film. Galeotti was then casted as the lead in a much-anticipated WB pilot which unfortunately never went into production. She had also shot two other pilots, one playing the daughter of Paul Sorvino, and one as the lead in the WB's 1972.
In October 2000, at the end of her two year contract with Guiding Light, Galeotti chose to leave her popular role. Since then, she had a co-starring role in the independent film The End Of August. She then moved from New York City to Los Angeles where she performed in a theatre production of The Outsiders, and also guest-starred on many shows such as Off-Centre, Charmed, Felicity, Maybe It's Me and The Guardian.
In 2003, at age 22, Galeotti was cast in the WB's television series One Tree Hill as Haley James, the quintessential girl-next-door, who is best friends with Lucas Scott, portrayed by Chad Michael Murray, and Nathan Scott’s wife, portrayed by James Lafferty. Upon entering the role of Haley James, Galeotti replaced actress Samantha Shelton's character, Reagan. Approximately around the same time in which she was cast as Haley James, she once again used her original name, Bethany Joy Lenz.
In 2004, Galeotti joined the cast of Bring It On Again, where she turned in an unforgettable performance as Marni Potts. During this time, Galeotti was also featured in Interview Magazine's "Stars On The Rise" in January.
Galeotti has proven herself not only as a talented actress, but as a musician and a singer. She has a four-octave range, and since her exit from Guilding Light has completed a demo of original music and continues to write screenplays.
Galeotti has recorded two independent records to date. Her first album, entitled Preincarnate, was released in October 2002. Bethany Joy Galeotti and costar Tyler Hilton joined The Wreckers (Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp) for a 25-city North American "One Tree Hill" tour that started Feb. 28 in Vancouver. The jaunt also featured Gavin DeGraw on select dates. While on tour Galeotti performed some of her original songs from her second independent record. This second album, titled Come On Home, was sold at the concert venues. During her time off tour, Lenz filmed a video for her song, "Songs In My Pockets", at Coney Island Beach and Astroland in Brooklyn, New York.
Galeotti has performed her own rendition of the National Anthem at various charity events, including James Lafferty's Annual Basketball Game. In addition, she sung the National Anthem during Lafferty's latest Charity Basketball Game.
In 2006, under the name Haley James Scott, Galeotti recorded the well-known song "Halo", which was released in the second volume of the One Tree Hill Soundtrack. Alongside producer Ron Aniello (Lifehouse, Guster, Barenaked Ladies), Galeotti has also recorded original material for an album with Epic Records, but is no longer affiliated with them. Galeotti collaborated with Garry Marshall and Carole King on a new musical as well as working with director Arthur Allan Seidelman on a production of "The Outsiders." In 2006, she wrote and recorded several songs for the soundtrack for Ten Inch Hero.
Galeotti has recently collaborated with Enation (her husband is the keyboardist) for a newly recorded version of the song "Feel This". Bethany Joy Galeotti sings the lead vocals while Enation plays the music behind her on the finale of the 5th season of One Tree Hill on CW. The airing led to an excited response, helping make "Feel This" the #1 Top Seller on CD Baby upon its debut, one of the largest independent music outlets in the world. "Feel This" is also included in the two song single album that is available on iTunes for downloads. Galeotti is set to make her debut as director of an episode of One Tree Hill this upcoming season.
Bethany Joy Galeotti loves photography, painting, cooking, and horseback riding. She has many dreams that include attending college, movie roles, Broadway, and training at London's prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. And when she is not filming One Tree Hill in Wilmington, North Carolina, she lives in Battle Ground, Washington.
Guest Starring Roles
|May 21, 1999||1999 Daytime Emmy Awards||Host|
|February 3, 2000||Ainsley Harriet Show||Guest|
|February 2000||Access Hollywood||Guest|
|March 10, 2000||2000 Soap Opera Digest Awards||Host|
|May 19, 2000||2000 Daytime Emmy Awards||Host|
|June 14, 2004||U-Pick||Guest|
|January 21, 2005||Daily Download||Guest|
"Latest Recast: What a difference a new actress can make! Joie Lenz (Michelle) has given new life to a once boring character. Since joining the show last year, she has enjoyed instant chemistry with all her co-stars, especially newcomer Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny). She's a big star in the making." — Soap Opera Update, March 16 1999
"Joie Lenz, you are the master. Years from now film scholars will look upon your role of Marni in Bring It On Again and see a star born. Playing the # 2 Evil Girl henchwoman role, you shine in this dopey cheerleader sequel to Bring it On." — Kevin Hanna, Entertainment Today, January 13 2004
"Lenz, 23 -- whose character, Haley James Scott, left her husband to tour with The Wreckers -- was the concert's truest actor, but seemed the most real: At one point she asked the crowd for a hair tie to hold back her mane when she switched from guitar to piano. The audience, unprompted, even sang with her on Billy Joel's "Movin' Out," a contrast to later, when Branch and Harp asked them to sing on their "The Good Kind" and got a tepid response. Lenz sang five songs in a 19-minute set, her voice rich like Sarah McLachlan or with a hint of Joni Mitchell as she played guitar on "Crazy Girls." — John J. Moser, Pennsylvania Morning Call, April 2 2005
"The moment I heard Bethany sing I knew she was the real thing. I was blown away by her vocal range and musical ability. We're all really excited to work with Bethany and I have no doubt she'll prove to the world what an amazing talent she is." — Ben Goldman, Sr. VP of Epic Records A & R.
|1998||SOW Year In Review||Best Recycling of An Actress: Michelle Bauer Santos||Won||Guiding Light|
|1998||SOW Year In Review||Find of The Year: Reva Shayne||Won||Guiding Light|
|1999||Soap Suds Awards||Favorite Newcomer - Female for: Michelle Bauer Santos||Won||Guiding Light|
|2000||Soap Opera Digest Awards||Favorite Couple for: "The Guiding Light" (1952) Shared with: Paul Anthony Stewart||Nominated||Guiding Light|
|2004||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Breakout TV Star - Female for: "One Tree Hill" (2003)||Nominated||One Tree Hill|
|2004||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Fresh Face - Female for: "One Tree Hill" (2003)||Nominated||One Tree Hill|
|2004||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Sidekick for: "One Tree Hill" (2003)||Nominated||One Tree Hill|
|2007||Santa Cruz Film Festival||Best Soundtrack for Ten Inch Hero (2007)||Won||Ten Inch Hero|
The following is a list of albums and songs that have been performed and recorded by Galeotti.
Preincarnate is a limited edition album released by Bethany Joy Galeotti. In 2002 Galeotti released her first album featuring eight original tracks, all performed and written by Galeotti. This album is no longer available for purchase and distribution.
Come On Home is the second studio album released by Bethany Joy Galeotti that features five tracks performed by Galeotti. Included in Galeotti's second studio album is a cover titled Leaving Town Alive orginally performed and written by Pancho's Lament (the alter-ego of New York based songwriter/producer Jeff Cohen). The four remaining songs included in this album are written by Galeotti. Galeotti's song If You're Missing (Come On Home) is listed as an bonus track.
Galeotti was going to make her Epic Records debut with the release of her full-length album in early 2006, but unfortunately was dropped. In the studio with producer Ron Aniello (Lifehouse, Guster, Barenaked Ladies), Galeotti worked to released original material.
Music from the Television Series One Tree Hill, Volume 1 is a compilation album, compiled of songs featured in the teen drama One Tree Hill. It was released on January 25, 2005 under Maverick Records and features a duet sung by Bethany Joy Galeotti and Tyler Hilton.
Friends With Benefit was released on February 7, 2006 and a portion of the proceeds has been donated to The National Breast Cancer Foundation. Volume II: Friends With Benefit features Halo sung and performed by Bethany Joy Galeotti, who is credited as Haley James Scott.
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