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    Bethany Joy Lenz

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    Genre:Ethnic/Folk, Rock
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Crazy Girls lyrics
    I Shall Believe lyrics
    31972 lyrics
    Sunday Storm lyrics
    5All Along lyrics
    Bethany Joy Lenz feat. Danny Aiello
    6Leaving Town Alive lyrics
    7Ophelia lyrics
    8Devil Archerist lyrics
    9The Lonliness Is Better Near Now lyrics
    10If You're Missing (Come On Home) lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    The Starter Kit (Unreleased) [2006]
    Come On Home [2005]
    Preincarnate [2002]


    Bethany Joy Lenz (formerly Bethany Joy Galeotti) was born on April 2, 1981 in Hollywood, Florida. Lenz is an only child to her father, Robert Lenz, who is a history teacher and therapist, and mother, Cathie, a personnel manager and entrepreneur.

    Lenz'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, Lenz 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.

    At the age of 10, Lenz landed the role of Scout in "To Kill a Mockingbird" at the Irving Community Theater in Texas. During a trip to Los Angeles with her drama school, she landed her first professional job in a commercial for "Swan Crossing," a teen series. Subsequently, Lenz performed in plays such as Annie, Cinderella and in Gypsy: A Musical Fable.

    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) Lenz 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. Lenz 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, Lenz 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. Lenz 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, Lenz 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, Lenz 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, Lenz 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, Lenz joined the cast of Bring It On Again, where she turned in an unforgettable performance as Marni Potts. During this time, Lenz was also featured in Interview Magazine's "Stars On The Rise" in January.

    Lenz 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.

    Lenz has recorded two independent records to date. Her first album, entitled Preincarnate, was released in October 2002. Bethany Joy Lenz 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 Lenz 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.

    Lenz and Hilton also scored a No. 89 spot on February 2005's Billboard Pop 100 chart with the duet "When the Stars Go Blue."

    Lenz has performed her own rendition of the National Anthem at various charity events, including James Lafferty's Annual Basketball Game. Joy has sang the National Anthem during James Lafferty's latest Charity Basketball Game.

    Lenz as Haley James Scott performing at Tric. (episode 3.15).In 2006, under the name Haley James Scott, Lenz 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), Lenz has also recorded original material for an album with Epic Records, but is no longer affiliated with them. Lenz 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.

    Lenz has recently collaborated with Enation (her husband is the keyboardist) for a newly recorded version of the song "Feel This". Bethany Joy Lenz 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.

    On December 31, 2005, Bethany Joy Lenz married Enation band member Michael Galeotti. For the fifth season finale of One Tree Hill, Michael Galeotti, the keyboardist of Enation, has joined his wife on stage to perform the newly recorded version of "Feel This".

    Bethany Joy Lenz 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.

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