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Prior to a headlining gig in NYC, Chicago-based singer-songwriter Andrew Belle made a pit-stop in Greenwich Village to perform a few songs off his latest record Black Bear for the Baeble crew. Alongside an atmospheric guitar's tone, Belle pushed away at his keys to provide us with swoon-worthy renditions of songs "Black Bear", "Sister", and our personal favorite build-up ballad, "Pieces". Belle first caught our attention with his unique sound and style; one that combines vocals comparable to Coldplay's Chris Martin, with a Midwestern air akin to Bon Iver.

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and someone who enjoys being in the studio creating rather than being out and performing.
I didn't get into music because I was a performer.
I got into it because I like writing and that's something I'd have to learn how to do for sure.
You and me Gotta solve the problem
I can see It's better that I solve them.
I believe I found a way around it
I will leave, This better than I found it
There's too much smoke to see it There's too much broke to feel this
I love you, I love you And all of your pieces
There's too much smoke to see it There's too much broke to feel this
I love you, I love you And all of your pieces
History's A letter made of Scarlett
Victory's Look better when you've called it
Misery's The moment when I lost you
It's pleasure in a costume It's more than what it cost you
There's too much smoke to see it There's too much broke to feel this
Well I love you, I love you And all of your pieces
There's too much smoke to see it There's too much broke to feel this
Well I love you I love you And all of your pieces.
All of your pieces All of your pieces
All of your pieces
All of your pieces
All of your pieces All of your pieces
There's too much smoke to see it There's too much broke to feel this
Well I love you I love you And all of your pieces
There's too much smoke to see it There's too much broke to feel this
Well I love you, I love you And all of your pieces
oooh-ooh oooh-ooh
oooh-ooh, ho-oooh-ooh-ooh
- Yeah, we went back and forth about which song we're gonna lead with and this, and "Pieces" is one of the first songs that I wrote for the record and I think, uhm.
And the song really came into life when I discovered this really intense like dominating keyboard patch that you hear right, you know the big part of the song.
And when I heard that tone, I was like "Oh, my God.
I'll make a song out of this" you know, and I've, I've, and you know, I've built the drumbeat and the whole song which is built around that, the drumbeat and the huge keyboard patch.
I wrote this record in 2012.
Uhm, but our backing up before that in 2010, 2011 I went to, I was going through a lot of ah, change and development in my personal life.
When I approach my song writing process, it's, it's always out of biographical in nature.
I, I have a, I would have a really hard time writing song 'cause it didn't uhm, directly mean anything to me or I was just making up stories or something.
And so, you know, when something like that is uhm, in my faith is gonna become the most important thing to me and so, how could I not write you know, record that sort of that being the central theme of it.
there was a lot of you know, shortcoming in terms with you know, with a lot of big difficult questions and a lot of wrestling and with this idea of God in, in the Christian faith and, and the, and all the things that come with that, and all the questions that everybody kinda comes up against when their talking about or dealing with, with God, you know.
It's a huge ah existential issue and... Yeah, so I just feel like I really sort of an epic thing to write a record about.
Help, help
I'm drowning In the sea where I found you
The kerosene in your skin The chemistry that I'm bound to
wo-hoo, oh-wo-hoo oh-wo-hoo, oh-wo-hoo
oh-wo-hoo, oh-wo-hoo oh-wo-hoo, oh-wo-hoo
oh-wo-hoo, oh-wo-hoo oh-wo-hoo, oh-wo-hoo
oh-wo-hoo, oh-wo-hoo oh-wo-hoo, oh-wo-hoo
Picture me on an ocean In a chest that I hollow
I picture you in slow motion Somewhere in west Colorado
Well I don't know where that place is If I did I would follow
I don't know what this taste is If I did I would swallow
Thought I knew all the answers Thought I held all the keys
The black bear that I led you too Wants more than I can speak
Thought I drew out the cancers Thought I fell the disease
Turns out that I need you now Much more than you need me
oh-wohoo, oh-wohoo oh-wohoo, oh-wohoo
oh-wohoo, oh-wohoo oh-wohoo, oh-wohoo
oh-wohoo, oh-wohoo oh-wohoo, oh-wohoo
oh-wohoo, oh-wohoo oh-wohoo, oh-wohoo
A track meet in my car Complicates what I told to you
The back beat in my heart Syncopates when I hold to you
Well I don't know what the use is If I did I'd have unfold you
I don't know what the truth is If I did I'd have told to you
Thought I knew all the answers Thought I held all the keys
The black bear that I led you too Wants more than I can speak
Thought I drew out the cancers Thought I fell the disease
Turns out that I need you now Much more than you need
hoo, hoo, hoo, wo-hoo hoo, wo-hoo, wo-hoo
hoo, wo-hoo, wo-hoo hoo, wo-hoo, wo-hoo
hoo, wo-hoo, wo-hoo hoo, wo-hoo, wo-hoo
hoo, wo-hoo, wo-hoo hoo, wo-hoo, woooh-oo-oh
woooh-woo-oh woooh-wooo-oh
woooh-wooo-oh woooh-woo-oh
woooh-woo-oh woooh-wooo-oh
woooh-wooo-oh woooh-woo-oh
- I got into music in the first place because of writing because I felt like I was a good writer that was my skill.
I-I had, I couldn't sing, I had never sang in my life.
And so I had to kinda teach myself how to sing and teach myself how to play an instrument to the point at least where I could write music, uhm.
And in my head I always thought uhm, if I could, if I could sell enough record or travel around and play enough shows that people came and you'll make a living doing that, that was the sort of the goal.
I can remember when I first decided to get into music in, in college, that was, that was the dream, I was like, I don't want anything more than that.
If I can just achieve that, I'll be happy and here now we've achieved that and so I think of anything what can inspires me to keep going with it and put up with all the sort of the drudgery of tour life is the fact that I look back in my 21-year-old self and I remember that feeling that urges the excitement of getting in the music in the first place and it's easy sometimes to kind of get jaded or kind of uhm, taken for granted a little bit but the fact that people are coming to shows spending their money and buying records and excited, excited to hear me thus play every night is uhm, that's probably you know, that keeps me going.
Because, I, it's funny, I-I'm sort of non-traditional ah, singer, song writer or musician and ah, I'm not really like a, I see myself much more as like a, someone who appreciates writing and, and it's, I'm like a fan of music rather than feeling I'm like actually a musician.
And so, I get really inspired by hearing other bands and artists, and that's actually what usually drives me to create my music.
Sister I remember Mother kept happy when she could
Weather in December Never felt as warm as it should
You were like a feather
Never land where we thought you would
Or anywhere close to it
Who would have thought you never would
So tell me what happens When the waves break
And you're surrounded
He tries to kill you
And you allow it
Sister I remember The morning light on evergreen
What seemed like forever
Was just, was just my mind escaping me
Imitation leather
The smell of blood left on the seat
Was that your way of proving that We, we look the same from underneath
So tell me what happens When the waves break
And you're surrounded
He tries to kill you
And you allow it
And you allow it
Over, over he says I surround you
I surround you I never leave my beloved
I've found you I surround you
I surround you, I I never leave my beloved
I've found you I surround you
I surround you, I never leave my beloved
I've found you I surround you
I surround you, I never leave my beloved
I've found you, I...

Artist Bio

Andrew Belle is a rising singer / songwriter sensation on the pop scene. Born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago, Andrew currently resides in both Chicago and Nashville. Andrew Belle recorded and released his first EP, All The Pretty Lights, in 2008 and his debut full-length album, The Ladder, was self-released in February 2010. His honey-toned voice and melodic songs were quick to receive radio airplay on KCRW-FM in Los Angeles, and consequently Andrew Belle has had songs on many of televisions most watched shows including Greys Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries, 90210, Ghost Whisperer, MTVS Real World, One Tree Hill, and Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

In its debut week, The Ladder, reached #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts, #28 on the iTunes overall album chart, and #21 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Andrew Belle was also winner of MTVs Breakout Artist 2009 (Chicago grand prize winner) and John Lennon Songwriting Contest (Pop category, 2009). In the Fall 2009, Andrew became a member of the prestigious Ten Out Of Tenn national tour, and was asked to remain on board for the Winter 2009 and Fall 2011 tours as well. Andrew has shared the stage with an impressive roster of artists including Ben Folds, Brian Vander Ark (The Verve Pipe), Greg Laswell, Barcelona, Diane Birch, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Tyrone Wells, and Boyce Avenue. Additionally, he has performed at South By Southwest Music Festival from 2009 2011 and the Vitamin Water showcase in 2011.

Along with his innate passion and talent for creating masterful music, Andrew Belle also demonstrates his artistry and enthusiasm in the kitchen. A self-proclaimed foodie, Andrew loves to cook and is known for executing recipes inspired by some of todays top chefs, such as Jamie Oliver, that rival the acclaim of his music. Andrews love of food earned him the position of being the only official performer at the 2011 South Beach Wine & Food Festival, as well as gained a marketing partnership with Whole Foods Chicago.

After playing 150 shows in 2010, Andrew is currently continuing to tour clubs and universities across the country.

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