With stunning vocals and lyrics rich as the soil of her native Nebraska, Belles weaves together the classic themes of country music with a modern touch to create music that resonates with fans both young and old. Living in Nashville for 4 years now, the 23 year old songwriter tells stories of family, heartbreak, and rising above hardships with stunning harmonies and killer hooks. Each song is like a moment with your best friend, whether if you need a shoulder to cry on or an extra middle finger for your ex.
Just completing a 35 city arena tour as main support for Jojo Siwa on D.R.E.A.M. The Tour 2022, Belles took front and center with a dynamic, compelling opening set, leading her band to standing ovations and cheering crowds. “They are not just my band; they are my real family,” says Belles. She isn’t lying. On drums is her brother, Drew, 18, attending Berklee College of Music on scholarship when not touring. Her mother, Jaymie – of vocal group Mulberry Lane, signed to MCA Records in 1999 – is on guitar and backing vocals. Coupled with Belles’ natural songwriting talent, which she honed with years spent on Nashville’s Music Row, the band makes music that seems tailor-made to each listener. “I love the reaction of ‘did she really just say that? I’ve been there too!’ Or ‘I’ve thought the same thing!’” says Belles.
Though Belles’ natural charisma has helped her develop a following on social media platforms like TikTok, (275K followers) and Spotify (2M total streams with songs on New Music Nashville and Texas Country Now editorial playlists), the real connection comes when she hits the stage. Fast-paced and energetic, A Belles concerts merges the glamour and sparkle of a giant arena extravaganza with the warmth and closeness intimacy of a VIP performance. And no two concerts are alike! “Every song in a live show has a ‘moment,’” says Belles, “Whether it be talking directly to fans, playing some drums with my brother, or throwing in an unexpected song mashup.” Drew says that Belles shows have “the atmosphere of a badass family home,” an experience you won’t find anywhere else. “You will find inclusivity, love, belonging, a time to leave your troubles at the door,” adds Jaymie.
After a prolific year of songwriting, and 2 music videos debuting on CMT, Belles will make 2022 a year to remember. Belles will head into the studio with 5-time Grammy-nominated Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Sam Williams, Imelda May, John Paul White.)
“I strive to have original ideas and portray a story of my journey through my music. I love to give people something to talk about,” says Belles. “I also want fans to leave my concerts knowing me as a person — and tired from smiling and dancing.”
Nebraska-born Belles’ journey is a story of a family affair blended with four months of viral Tik Tok success merging to create a catchy single. As a band, the singer-songwriter’s work involves Drew – her Berklee College of Music educated brother-and her mother, Mulberry Lane vocalist Jaymie Jones. Belles’ single — now with a video — “All Hat No Cowboy” was released at the end of April, and after going viral on TikTok with nearly two million views, achieved streaming acclaim, too.
“I knew my fans loved this song, and I really wanted to create a music video that did the song justice because so many people relate to it,” she said. “I also wanted to push myself in my acting on screen and really show the heartbreak of this situation. I’m so grateful to Taylor for getting me out of my comfort zone and coaching me through those tougher acting scenes. I’m proud of this video because it walks the balance of showing vulnerability in the hurt but yet strength in how the story resolves. I want this video to inspire fans to stand up for themselves and know what they deserve in relationships.”
The Belles are a band blessedly free of the corny trappings of stereotypical country music. Their sound has authenticity that cannot be denied. The Belles deliver an EP that is heavy on heart and light on cliche.
"Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to create music," Kelli explained to NashvilleGab. "I learned from my mom how to write songs when I was 13, and we have a blast doing music together."
Having already charmed audiences across the nation opening for the likes of Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Old Dominion and more, 16-year-old superstar JoJo Siwa, a dear family friend from Omaha, afforded them the opportunity of a lifetime to join her our on the road for the 82-show tour which kicked off on May 17 in Phoenix, AZ and wraps October 2 in Providence, RI.
After an impressive 82-show run on the North American leg of Nickelodeon's Jojo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour presented by Party City and produced by AEG Presents, The Belles will continue on the UK leg, kicking off on October 30 in Glasgow. The tour, which has twice been extended, has already been named one of StubHub's Top U.S. Summer Tours alongside TheRolling Stones, Queen, Ariana Grande and more.
The Belles are a clear-voiced act with an underdog spirit and a crisp tone that make them a shiny newcomer to the country music scene. Lead vocalist Kelli even won "Female Vocalist of the Year" at the Rocky Mountain CMAs.
Overall, the Belles' self-titled EP is pure ear candy. All four songs on here showcase their tremendous talent and charisma as artists and musicians. They manage to appeal to both the traditional country fan-base and the country country crowd, thanks to their relatable lyrics and endearing melodies. This band is going places.
Driven by plucky lyrics and dreamy harmonizing, the Omaha-bred Belles generate engaging traditional country music for the modern age.
Cowboys & Indians Magazine
The natural harmonies of family give Belles a unique, infectious sound that really stands out in the current country landscape.
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