For over a decade, the 2-piece indie-pop band Charlie Belle has been performing on the best stages in their hometown of Austin, Texas. Jendayi Bonds is the singer-songwriter, guitarist, and lead vocalist. Her music comes from deep within and often reflects a personal journey with upbeat melodies and relatable storytelling. Gyasi Bonds is the heartbeat and energy of the band, lending his incredible drum skills and backing vocals. For the last two years the band has become a cohesive 4-member unit adding Alexander Nobles on keys and Alex Freeman on bass who round out the groove that fans have come to love.
The band’s debut EP Get To Know hit the industry with a bang. Wired proclaimed that they were “armed with the most infectious kind of power-pop,” with Nylon adding that “their master of their instruments and original catchy songwriting skills show that Charlie Belle’s maturity is most definitely not defined by their age.”
NPR Music foreshadowed that Charlie Belle would be one of the “musicians you’ll tell your friends about in 2015,” and after signing with NYC boutique label Fanatic Records, their second EP I Don’t Want To Be Alone had Billboard noting that “Jendayi’s velvety vocals sound quite comfy in the headphones.”
A lot has happened since those releases yet Charlie Belle still “makes melodic indie-pop feel like a viable option for the first time in eons,” as The Guardian has proclaimed.
Since leaving their label, Charlie Belle has recorded two additional 5-song EPs close to home with Matt Noveskey of Blue October producing. These songs call to mind Irish alternative-pop band The Cranberries, and songstress Kate Nash. What started out as an LP, both EPs focus on stories of change, maturity, loss, and moving on. Like I Love This was released fall 2018 and is available now, and Looking For Magic is due in 2019.
AfroPunk has said that Charlie Belle is “definitely a band you'll want to know.”
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