During his recent visit to Baeble HQ, Chicago/Nashville singer-songwriter Andrew Belle slayed us with soothing atmospherics and a heap of heart pumping through three songs from his most recent album Black Bear. He also talked openly about finding faith, wrestling with the idea of God, and balancing the relationships in his life. It's a revealing conversation about what inspired the creation of Black Bear.
Captions by Speechpad. com - My name is Andrew Belle. I'm a singer, songwriter from Chicago / Nashville. I have a new record called Black Bear. I wrote this record in 2012, but how we're backing up before that in 2010, 2011, I was going through a lot of change and development in my personal life. I really kinda felt like I'd became a Christian for the first time in my life. I discovered my faith and for the first time that's really meant anything to me and that was life-changing. So, When I approach my song writing process it's always autobiographical in nature. I would have a really hard time writing songs that didn't directly mean anything to me if I just making them stories or something. My faith has kinda become the most important thing to me. How can I not write record that sort of that being the central theme of it. There's a lot of elements to that too. There's a lot of sort of coming to terms with a lot big difficult questions and a lot of wrestling with this idea of God and the Christian faith. to feel this. Well I love you, I love you And all of your pieces. History’s a letter made of scarlet. - Well, I got married last year so that's sort of like, you know, my marriage and my relationship with my wife and my relationship with my family and some of the stuff that's going there. Those are the other two things that are also wrapped up and sort of tied into it. A lot of the songs combine all of those elements. They kinda weave in and out of each other. On the surface-- at the first listen, I hope people put it in and they are drawn to the music, and it feels good, and they're interested and excited by it. You know the production and sort of this surface level of the music that we did. And then, I also hope that people get a chance to really delve into the lyrics and weight of the things that I'm writing about. I'm sure lots of people that's kind of relate to some of the issues and topics. So, I kind of, you know, There's sort of two levels of it. I want people listen to it sort of enjoy it for the sake of...for art's sake for people getting enjoyment out of, you know, songs that sound interesting and fun. You know, I hope I am able to... I don't know, I'm always sort of blown away when people will say, "Your songs means so much to me. " Or, " Your lyrics really helped me get through a hard time. " And I'm like... I don't know it's just a really humbling and flattering thing. I think sometimes, too, people take away stuff from your songs that maybe you didn't even intend, but that's kind of the beauty and magic of it. In the sea where I found you The kerosene in your skin The chemistry that I’m bound to Oo, ah, oo. Oo, ah, oo. Oo, ah, oo. Oo, ah, oo. Oo, ah, oo. Oo, ah, oo. Overall, though, I'm more of a homebody and I enjoy being home and touring is sort of a consequence more than something I enjoy it's like you know. We want to make a living and sell some albums. We kind of have to get out and play some live shows. I'm really more of a writer. Someone who enjoys being in a studio creating rather than being out and performing. I didn't get into music because I was a performer I got in there because I liked writing. That's something I have had to learn how to do for sure. I couldn't sing. I had never sung in my life. And so, I had to kind of teach myself how to sing and teach myself how to play an instrument to the point at least where I could write music. In my head I always thought, If I could sell enough records or travel around and play enough shows that people came in a year that we would make a living doing that. That was sort of the goal. I can remember when I first decided to get into music in college that was the dream. It was like "I don't want anything more than that. " If I can just achieve that I'll be happy and in here now we've achieved that. And so, I think if anything what inspires me keep going with it, I look back in my 21-year old self. self. I remember that feeling or urge the excitement of getting into music in the first place. It's easy sometimes to kind of get jaded or kind of take it for granted. But, the fact that people are coming to shows, spending their money, and buying records and excited to hear us play every night. That's probably, you know, that keeps me going. Well I don’t know what the use is If I did I’d unfold you I don’t know what the truth is If I did I’d have told you - Hey, I'm Andrew Belle and you're watching Baeble Music. Captions by Speechpad. com
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.