Australian born and New York-based singer/songwriter, Belle, is playing New York and Tri-State venues, while preparing for a U.S. tour late summer and Latin American tour in October. Belle recently opened for the UK’s Sophie Barker of the UK’s Grammy Award-nominated group Zero 7 and Groove Armada at the first stop of her US tour at NYC’s famous The Studio At Webster Hall.
Belle’s poignant lyrics are cleverly woven through a mix of rhythmic folk rock and electronica that have audiences smiling and clapping along at every show. From the downtempo, Flamenco-flavored “Never Too Late” to the driving beat of “Magic”, Belle’s music bears a message of hope and inspiration. Her deep, sweeping vocals and enchanting music are influenced by female vocalists such as Alanis Morissette, Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan.
Born Kate Douglass in a small Australian town, she took the stage name Belle after moving to New York in 2009 to inspire other women to overcome their fears and inadequacies and find beauty within themselves. “As a child, I played different instruments, but what I really wanted was to sing. Yet every time I sang, tears would well up in my eyes and I couldn’t stop myself from crying,” says Belle.
“Singing in public has been the greatest fear of my life, yet now, ‘the show must go on!’” laughs Belle. “At every performance I’m like a kid, excited and scared all at the same time, yet so grateful to my fans and the audience for their support.”
Belle’s depth of musical delivery was witnessed on live TV in April on Manhattan’s Sissy Gamache Show on MNN. (http://everythingbelle NULL.com/2012/04/belle-live-on-the-sissy-gamache-show-on-mnn/) “It’s almost like you want to cry when you sing… It’s so beautiful,” said Sissy after Belle performed her song “Rain” about infidelity. “I love that because everybody’s so concerned about hiding everything. But it’s not about hiding, it’s about showing too, I see that with you. It’s very, very touching.”
Debut Album Never Too Late
After signing with Ingenious Records (http://www NULL.ingeniousrecords NULL.com) in 2009, Belle’s successful debut album, Never Too Late, was released in August 2011. It has been selected by iTunes as a “New & Noteworthy” Singer/Songwriter CD, played on AOL’s CD Listening Party and building a buzz on college radio (NOVA University, South Florida) and online radio, such as Last.fm, Napster, Spotify, Rdio, Jango, Women of Substance Radio, Indie Castle Radio, UNregular Radio and WITRR Radio Network across the US and Europe.
Never Too Late spans an adventure of over a decade, from her introspective poetry as a teen drug addict, inspiration while jailed in a Chinese prison cell, the struggle to achieve harmony in her marriage, to overcoming herself and gaining the confidence to share the gift of her music.
“There’s an inner purity and deeper meaning to this redemptive debut that elevates it beyond others in this mainstream genre,” wrote John Smithies for The Epoch Times (http://www NULL.theepochtimes NULL.com) about Never Too Late.
The songs “Be The Voice” and “What is Love?” show Belle’s strength to carry and speak for the troubles of the world, while “Rain”, “One Day He’ll See” and the popular dance track, “Don’t Ever” reach the depths of her introspection and self-consciousness.
Through collaboration with producer Adrian Morales-Demori of Heiga Audio Visual (http://www NULL.heigaaudiovisual NULL.com); Kevin Dippold (Smashing Pumpkins/Spirits in the Sky); acclaimed drummer Sterling Campbell (David Bowie, Duran-Duran, B52’s); and multi-Grammy winner Filipe Tichauer (Christina Aguilera, Daddy Yankee), Never Too Late was accepted in the Grammy’s Nomination Ballot.
“Signing with Ingenious Records and working with such talented musicians during the production and now with my live band has been hugely inspiring and a humbling experience,” says Belle.
Belle has also received endorsement from Daisy Rock Guitars (http://www NULL.daisyrock NULL.com/news/daisy-rock-girl-guitars-welcomes-belle-its-artist-roster). “Belle is like listening to the truth in a very compassionate way,” said Tish Ciravolo, President and Founder of Daisy Rock Girl Guitars. “You want her to be your best girl friend that you have confided all your secrets to and have her tell you how your life is really going…In a nice and caring way.”
Belle Live And Touring
Since the release of Never Too Late, Belle has been playing with her band at East Coast venues including Maxwells and Stanhope House in NJ, CNY Jazz (part of the Music Industry Conference in Syracuse, NY), Parkside Lounge, The National Underground, and The Studio At Webster Hall.
Belle is playing at the Black Potatoe Festival (http://www NULL.blackpotatoefestival NULL.com) among other festivals this season and is planning a US tour this Summer and a South American tour in October.
Stay tuned for more Belle music in 2013.
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