The Belles are a modern country mother daughter duo, taking their band name from daughter Kelli’s childhood nickname of Kellibelle, and Jaymie’s inspiration, Mother Maybelle Carter of the Carter Family. Kelli’s songwriting shapes the message of The Belles: be strong, you are beautiful, stay true to you, and envision a world with no judgment or prejudice.
In 2019 and early 2020, The Belles opened the D.R.E.A.M. Tour, taking their brand of country music on an 84 city sold out arena tour of the US & Canada, as main support for Nickelodeon teen star JoJo Siwa. Touring the UK followed, Australia in January. The D.R.E.A.M. Tour became the 7th largest grossing tour in 2019. The Belles were to continue touring through 2020, until COVID caused rescheduling to June through August 2021.
Before the D.R.E.A.M. Tour, the duo had played over 300 country gigs, mostly in the midwest, while Kelli was attending high school, including opening for Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, Brett Eldredge, Lee Brice, Eli Young Band, Kenny Rogers, Montgomery Gentry, Will Hoge, and others. Kelli moved to Nashville at 19, and works as a songwriter honing her craft. Jaymie lives in Omaha, often commuting to Nashville. The third musical Belle, brother Drew, 16, is now supporting the duo on drums. Favorite venues played include The Bluebird Cafe, The O2 in London, The Beacon Theater in NYC, The Microsoft Theater in LA, 3 Arena in Dublin and Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.