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Bethany Joy Galeotti

New York City, 13.05.2008
Background information
Birth name Bethany Joy Lenz
Born April 2, 1981 (1981-04-02) (age 28)
Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
Genres Pop rock, folk
Occupations Actress, singer, songwriter, musician, director, producer, writer
Instruments Vocal, piano, guitar
Years active 1996–present
Labels Limited Edition Independent Records (2002-2005)
Epic Records (2005—2006)
Hilasterion Records (2008-present)

Bethany Joy Galeotti (born Bethany Joy Lenz; April 2, 1981) is an American actress, musician, director, producer and writer.

Galoeotti trained with the director of The Brooklyn College of Opera,[citation needed] plays the guitar and piano and writes her own music. Galeotti has independently released two albums and is now a part of the band Everly.

On screen, Galeotti is best known for her portrayals of Michelle Bauer Santos on Guiding Light (from 1998 to 2000) and Haley James Scott on One Tree Hill (since 2003). Galeotti's stage credits include collaborating with Garry Marshall and Carole King on a new musical,[citation needed] as well as working with director Arthur Allan Seidelman on a production of The Outsiders.[citation needed] At present, Galeotti and music producer Ron Aniello are mounting a musical workshop based on The Notebook.[1]


Early life

Galeotti was born Bethany Joy Lenz on April 2, 1981 in Hollywood, Florida. Her first solo performance was at the The Carpenter's Church in Lakeland, Florida. At the age of four, Galeotti and her family moved to Arlington, Texas . Her grandfather, George Lenz was a regular on the Broadway stage in the 1950’s and 1960’s in musicals like Wish You Were Here and South Pacific. [2] Galeotti performed a twenty minute soliloquy entitled High HopeS and Heavy Sweatshirts at a Dallas museum and at the age of seven she landed her first stage role playing a Munchkin in a local production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Three years later Galeotti played Scout in the production of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Irving Community Theater in Texas. [3]


Galeotti has been working steadily as an actress since she was about twelve. She landed her first professional job in a commercial for an American syndicated teen drama series entitled Swans Crossing during a trip to Los Angeles with her drama school. Galeotti continued to garner experience at a young age by landing lead roles in various staged productions like Annie, Cinderella and Gypsy: A Musical Fable. Consequently at the age of thirteen Galeotti moved with her family to New Jersey where she attended the Eastern Christian Academy for a year and began auditioning aggressively for television roles. She inevitably became a commercial veteran appearing in commercials for Eggo Waffles, Dr Pepper among many others. Her success continued to escalate and by her sophomore year in high school Galeotti appeared in her first film. Her performance in Stephen King's Thinner was well-noted in reviews,[citation needed] particularly in the Associated Press where a critic states that, "one of the highlights of the film was a joy — Joy Lenz."[citation needed]

In March of 1998 at the age of seventeen, Galeotti earned a nine episode gig as the teenage clone of Reva Shaynein CBS's soap opera Guiding Light. Galeotti made such an impression on viewers,[citation needed] critics[citation needed] and Guiding Light executives[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] While working on the demanding daytime serial Guiding Light, she graduated from Eastern Christian High School in New Jersey in 1999 and landed the role of Rose Cronin in Mary and Rhoda; a 2000 made-for-television movie that reunited Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper as Mary Richards and Rhoda Morgenstern. This role proved to be one of her biggest success for she not only worked alongside the Tyler Moore but the movie attracted 17.8 million viewers,[citation needed] beating out its main competition Everybody Loves Raymond. At this time Galeotti 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 and a one-year run of a New York cabaret, Galeotti also became the lead in an independent film. After filming for her independent film wrapped up, Galeotti was later cast as the lead in a much-anticipated WB pilot which unfortunately never went into production.[citation needed] She also filmed 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 The Guiding Light Galeotti made her biggest career move to date and decided to leave her popular role as Michelle Bauer Santos. Afterward she moved from New York City to Los Angeles where she performed in a theater production of The Outsiders and began to guest star on television shows such as Off-Centre, Charmed, Felicity, Maybe It's Me and The Guardian. In 2002 Galeotti joined the cast of Bring It On Again where she turned in an unforgettable performance as Marni Potts.[citation needed] During this time, Galeotti was also featured in Interview Magazine's "Stars On The Rise" in January. [3]

In 2003 at the age twenty two Galeotti was cast to star 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 wife of Nathan Scott, portrayed by James Lafferty. [4] During her time on One Tree Hill, Galeotti was offered the role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast when it was still in production on Broadway but turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with the show.[citation needed]

Well into sixth season of One Tree Hill, Galeotti made her directorial debut in the episode entitled Screenwriter's Blues. Galeotti stepped behind the camera to call all the shots as Lucas finally got the opportunity to cast his movie.[5] Galeotti initially approached producer Greg Prange in 2007 with the idea of directing but was not give the opportunity to direct until two years after her request. Over the course of season six Galeotti shadowed several directors, watched them prep and went on [location] scouts. Her directorial debut was met with accolades from crew[citation needed] and critics[citation needed] alike and has motivated Galeotti to continue directing. [2]


Since Galeotti's exit from Guilding Light she has completed a demo of original music. Her first album, entitled Preincarnate was released in October 2002 and was met with a tepid response. [3] However, Galeotti was not discouraged and was able to use her role on One Tree Hill as a platform for her music career. After several televised performances 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 in Vancouver. The jaunt also featured Gavin DeGraw on select dates. While on tour Galeotti debuted her second independent record. Despite her hectic schedule Galeotti filmed a video for her song Songs in My Pockets at Coney Island Beach and Astroland in Brooklyn, New York. During this time Galeotti and Hilton scored the #89 spot on February 2005's Billboard Pop 100 chart with the duet "When the Stars Go Blue." This remains one of her biggest hits to date. [6]

In 2006 alongside new American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, Galeotti composed and recorded the well-known song Halo which was released in the second volume of the One Tree Hill Soundtrack. During this time Galeotti worked alongside her producer Ron Aniello (Lifehouse, Guster, Barenaked Ladies) to record original material for an album with Epic Records. Due to changes within Epic Records, Galeotti split with the label and is no longer affiliated with them. However, this did not stop Galeotti from pursing her passion and the same year she traveled to Los Angeles to write and record several songs for the soundtrack for Ten Inch Hero.[7]

Galeotti's split with Epic allowed her to open new doors in her music career and since then she has decided to sign under the independent record label Hillasterion. In 2007 she collaborated with Enation for a newly recorded version of the song Feel This which premeired in the fifth season finale of One Tree Hill. The airing led to an excited response helping make Feel This the number one Top Seller on CD Baby; one of the largest independent music outlets in the world. In another episode entitled Messin' With The Kid Galeotti's character Haley James Scott encounters a street performer played by Grace Potter. Ambitious to reestablish her music career her character Haley James Scott decides to sing with Potter's character in the riverfront. In the ending montage of scenes, Galeotti and Potter's characters premiere the hit single I Want Something That I Want.[8]

In 2008 Galeotti took her music to new grounds and formed the band Everly with her life-long friend Amber Sweeney. Immediately afer Galeotti and musical acts Angels & Airwaves and occasional One Tree Hill guest star Kate Voegele teamed up with the USO for a live concert event for military personnel. The event also included Galeotti's husband's band Enation and allowed her music partner Amber Sweeney to accompany her on stage to perform as Everly. This event prompted Galeotti to perform her song for the troops entitled Home Is Me - You Are Mine. The USO concert was filmed and formed the basis for a One Tree Hill episode. In the episode titled Even Fairy Tale Characters Would Be Jealous Galeotti's character Haley James Scott's friend Peyton Sawyer produces a massive USO concert at the military base where her brother is stationed.[9] After its airing Everly's single instantly rose to #14 on the iTunes Folk charts and allowed them to maintain the the #1 Top Seller spot on CDBaby for several weeks. [10] In the episode titled We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me) Karen's Café is transformed into a glamorous nightclub with Lucas as its proprietor and Haley as the cabaret singer, which allowed Galeotti the opportunity to premiere more songs featured in Everly's EP. [11] Everly has recently released a second album for the Holidays on iTunes entitled Fireside, and third EP entitled 'B Tracks Vol.3', the songs from this were featured on One Tree Hill 7.13. Everly is expected to release their full-length album in 2010. Galeotti is quoted as saying "are we the only band that actually sells as many songs as we do without an actual album?" on the One Tree Hill Podcast with Denise Gideon in 2009. [12]


Bethany Joy Galeotti has recently teamed with her husband, Enation band member Michael Galeotti and in-laws to open Galeotti’s. The Galeotti family has lived in Battle Ground, WA for over ten years and was highly enthusiastic to bring their vision of an excellent restaurant with a cozy feel of family. Bethany Joy Galeotti is the head owner of the new restaurant which occupies the space in downtown Battle Ground that formerly housed Irby's Fine Dining at 801 E. Main st. The restaurant focuses on healthful, organic, locally sourced foods, and uses eco-friendly materials and supplies whenever possible. Although Galeotti spends much of the year across the country filming One Tree Hill, she plans to help out at the restaurant whenever possible from time to time. The restaurant's official opening is July 24, 2009. [13]

The Notebook Musical

Her third album, recorded under Epic Records prompted Galeotti to try her luck in musical theater. Galeotti brought her libretto of The Notebook to her producer Ron Aniello and the two began finding a magic in their music, and shortly thereafter formed Galeotti & Aniello Productions. In an excerpt from the musical's playbill Galeotti describes how her idea of The Notebook becoming a musical came to fruition:

I fell in love with this story first when I saw the film, and all over again when I read the novel. For months after reading it I found myself walking around the house writing theatrical songs inspired by these characters. I couldn’t stop myself. After about six months of writing songs I decided to put them to good use and began writing a libretto for The Notebook. I wasn’t sure how it would pan out, but I knew I had something inside of me that needed to be released. For the next two years I wrote the libretto and much of the music mostly recording a cappella versions of my songs on my computer (God bless Garage Band!) After I finished the script, I brought the project to my brilliant. Genius friend, Ron Aniello, and he made all this music come to life.

Galeotti and Aniello are a new composing team with the distinct honor of presenting the first-ever Live Theatrical Workshop of a new musical based on Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook. This is a preliminary step toward an eventual opening in New York . This workshop will be "on its feet" with basic sets, costumes and choreography. All actors will be expected to be off-book for performance. The workshop is intended to assist the creative team in visualizing, editing and critiquing the play as well as to garner Producer interest and investors. [2] Though Galeotti has, until now, kept facts regarding her musical under wraps, she has stated that she is likely to produce and direct the musical but despite her extensive acting background does not plan to act in it.[2]

Personal life

During filming for One Tree Hill, Galeotti resides in Wilmington, North Carolina. The rest of the year, she lives with her husband and family in Battle Ground, Washington, where they own a restaurant.[14]



Starring Roles
Show Role Episodes Year
The Guiding Light Michelle Bauer Santos #4 43 Episodes 1998 - 2000
Mary and Rhoda Rose Cronin Television Movie 2000
The Legacy Jess Pilot 2002
One Tree Hill Haley James Scott 148 Episodes 2003 - Present
Guest Starring Roles
show Role Episodes Year
The Guiding Light Reva Shayne - Teenage Clone 9 Episodes 1998
Off Centre Heather Feeling Shellfish 2001
Charmed Lady Julia A Knight to Remember 2001
Felicity Gretchen Oops... Noel Did It Again 2001
Maybe It's Me The Salesgirl The Romeo & Juliet Episode 2002
The Guardian Claire Stasiak What It Means to You
My Aim Is True
Show Role Date
1999 Daytime Emmy Awards Presenter 1999 May 21
Ainsley Harriet Show Guest 2000 February 3
Access Hollywood Guest 2000 February 12
2000 Soap Opera Digest Awards Host 2000 March 10
2000 Daytime Emmy Awards Presenter 2000 May 19
Total Request Live Guest 2003 November 7
Total Request Live Guest 2004 January 16
U-Pick Guest 2004 June 14
WB 11 Morning News Guest 2004 November 1
Total Request Live Guest 2004 November 1
Daily Download Guest 2005 January 21
Music Videos
Title Album Producer(s) Director Year
When the Lights Go Out 5ive Eliot Kennedy, Tim Lever and Mike Percy Nigel Dick 1998
Songs in My Pockets Come On Home Gary Gimelfarb Alex Merkin 2005


Show Role Year
Psalty: Kids' Praise! 10: Salvation Celebration Shelly Barnes 1991
I Love You, I Love You Not Uncredited 1996
Thinner Linda Halleck 1996
The End of August August Wells 2000
Bring It On Again (Credited as Joie Lenz) Marni Potts 2004


Title Role Director Year
To Kill a Mockingbird Scout Scott Jacoby
Matt Moses
Foxy Ladies Love/Boogie 70's Explosion Performer Unknown 2005
The Outsiders ---- Arthur Allan Seidelman ----
Happy Days Pinky Tuscadero Garry Marshall ----


Title Show Year Notes
#6.15 - Screenwriter's Blues One Tree Hill (TV series) 2009 Galeotti makes her debut
#7.17 One Tree Hill (TV series) 2010

Critical acclaim

Soap Opera Weekly, TV Guide, Variety, New York Daily News, Entertainment Today, have all praised and given rave reviews to Galeotti for her various performances both on television and on stage.

  • 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.


Year Group Award Result Notes
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.

Studio albums

Year Title Record label Notes
2002 Preincarnate Limited edition independent record No longer available for purchase
2005 Come on Home Limited edition independent record No longer available for purchase
2006 The Starter Kit Epic Records Unreleased
2008 Mission Bell Hilasterion Records Released as Everly
2009 Fireside Hilasterion Records Released as Everly


Year Title Featuring Album
2000 "All Along" Danny the Farrow Anniello End of August Soundtrack
2005 "When the Stars Go Blue" (Originally by Ryan Adams) Tyler Hilton One Tree Hill Soundtrack Volume 1
2008 "Feel This" (Originally by Enation) Enation One Tree Hill Soundtrack
2008 "I Want Something That I Want" Grace Potter The One Tree Hill Sessions
2008 "Home Is Me - You Are Mine" Amber Sweeney Mission Bell
2009 "Quicksand" Amber Sweeney B Tracks - Single, Vol. 1
2009 "Maybe" Amber Sweeney B Tracks - Single, Vol. 2
2010 "Flying Machine" Amber Sweeney B Tracks - Single, Vol. 3


Year Soundtrack Track title
2005 One Tree Hill Soundtrack Volume 1 "When the Stars Go Blue" (Originally by Ryan Adams)
2006 Friends with Benefit: Music from the Television Series One Tree Hill, Volume 2 "Halo"
2006 Ten Inch Hero Soundtrack "Something Familiar"
"The Long Way"
"Get Your Love"

Televised performances

Year Program Episode Track title
2004 One Tree Hill #1.14 - Suddenly Everything Has Changed "Elsewhere" (Originally by Sarah McLachlan)
2004 MTV Diary Diary: One Tree Hill "National Anthem"
2004 One Tree Hill #2.07 - Let the Reigns Go Loose "Let Me Fall"
2005 One Tree Hill #2.08 - Truth, Bitter Run "When the Stars Go Blue" (Originally by Ryan Adams)
2005 WGN Morning News [March 30, 2005] "When the Stars Go Blue" (Originally by Ryan Adams)
2006 One Tree Hill #3.15 - Just Watch the Fireworks "Halo"
2008 One Tree Hill #5.14 - What Do You Go Home To? "Leaving Town Alive" (Originally by Pancho's Lament)
"Let the Fire Start"
2008 One Tree Hill #5.18 - What Comes After the Blues "Feel This" (Originally by Enation)
2008 One Tree Hill #6.07 - Messin' with the Kid "I Want Something That I Want" (with Grace Potter)
2009 One Tree Hill #6.11 - We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me) "Karen's Café" (Originally "Hotel Café")
"Scheming Star"
"Mrs. Scott"
2009 One Tree Hill #7.01 - 4:30 AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad) "Quicksand"
2009 One Tree Hill #7.09 - Now You Lift Your Eyes to the Sun "Maybe"
2009 CW Television [December 18, 2009] "O Holy Night"
2010 One Tree Hill #7.13 - Weeks Go by Like Days "Flying Machine"
"The Girl in the Moon"
"We Belong"
"Never Gonna Be (C'mon C'mon)"

Live performances

Year Event Song title
2004 One Tree Hill's Charity Flag Football Game "National Anthem"
2004 The 1st Annual One Tree Hill Basketball Charity Game "National Anthem"
2004 Gavin DeGraw in Concert "Safe"
2005 The One Tree Hill Tour "John & Junior"
"Family Secrets"
"Moving Out" (Originally by Billy Joel)
"King of Wishful Thinking" (Originally by Go West)
2007 The 4th Annual One Tree Hill Basketball Charity Game "National Anthem"
2008 The 5th Annual One Tree Hill Basketball Charity Game "National Anthem"
2008 The One Tree Hill USO Show "The Sweetest Thing"
"Feel This" (Originally by Enation)
"Home is Me - You Are Mine"
2009 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival "The Girl in the Moon"
"The Sweetest Thing"
"Home is Me - You Are Mine"
"The Right Time"
2009 Galeotti's Grand Opening "Billie Jean" (Originally by Michael Jackson)
"Hold On" (Originally by Wilson Phillips)
"Won't Back Down" (Originally by Tom Petty)



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  6. ^ "B&E: Tyler Hilton". 
  7. ^ "Mark's Mammoth Music Blog". Ten Inch Hero. 
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  9. ^ "One Tree Hill Shenanigans In North Carolina". Channel Guide. 
  10. ^ "Home Page". EVERLY. 
  11. ^ "One Tree Hill We Three (My Echo, Shadow And Me)". 
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  14. ^ "One Tree Hill- Cast- Bethany Joy Galeotti)". CWtv. 

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