By Myki Angeline
Smooth like Butter. Hard like Scotch. Born Antoinette Clinton, her stage name is Butterscotch and is known more for her award-winning beatbox skills and jazzy, R&B style. In her new EP Scotch, she evolves her sound and writing to embody a more current vibe reflecting on self-love, battling depression, and the power to live our full potential.
Listen to Scotch on Spotify here.
Scotch is her fourth EP, with each track diversely different from the other. “Made It” is an upbeat, pop anthem that celebrates her self-confidence and career (‘This queer, biracial Queen is here to stay’) that starts off with keys and strings, and finishes with soulful synth sounds and beatbox notes. Reggae electric guitar riffs and synth chords echo the melodies in “Have It All”, with vocals and rap lyrics focusing on the positive side of money and financial wealth. “I’m Ok” is the signature ballad, a deep and real look at the desire for true love. Butterscotch’s vocals are velvety smooth and effortless revealing that being successful in your career can leave you lonely in your heart.
Butterscotch shares what inspired these new tracks, “I wrote these songs to lift me up and to be a source of inspiration for anyone who is going through a rough time and needs some positive lyrics to get through the day”.
A proud LGBTQ team player and activist, she began her career in the underground world of beatboxing, and was crowned the world’s first female beatbox champion in 2005. Following that was her performance on America’s Got Talent in 2007, to which she won 3rd place and gained worldwide recognition. She has performed around the globe extensively in places like Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Morocco, Hong Kong, China — and of course, the U.S. — opening for Erykah Badu, Thievery Corporation, Tony Bennet, Talib Kweli and KRS-One. Butterscotch has also performed alongside legends such as Sergio Mendes, Bobby McFerrin, Nile Rodgers, LA Philharmonic and the WDR Big Band, and Earth, Wind & Fire.
Last year, Butterscotch released her rendition of their classic hit “September” which went viral and caught the attention Grammy Award-winning songwriter Allee Willis, who wrote the original. Butterscotch recorded her version three years ago to honor EW&F member Maurice Starr who passed away. She was honored to have Willis repost her video saying it was the best cover of “September” she had ever heard. Watch the video here.
Visit Butterscotch’s website at www.butterscotchmusic.com