This is for the press: Charlie Belle is a 2-piece alterna-pop band from Austin Texas. Their debut EP Get To Know hit the industry with a bang. WIRED proclaimed that the duo was “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 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 songstresses Natalie Imbruglia and Kate Nash. What started out as an LP, both EPs focus on stories of change, maturity, loss, and moving on. Like I Love This is due fall 2018, and Looking For Magic is due spring 2019.
AfroPunk has said that Charlie Belle is “definitely a band you'll want to know,” and we think you’ll agree.
This is for the fans: We started learning how to play music back in 2005, when we were seven and 4.5 years old. Our parents convinced the music school to take us on as students (minimum age was 12) and we were fortunate enough to have had some great teachers (like Eric Slick of Dr. Dog). We learned how to play covers by ear for quarterly "showcases" and in 2007 I was inspired to start writing my own songs at a summer rock camp. In 2008 we relocated to Austin TX where I met all the great lady rockers in the city (past & present) at a summer rock camp. They inspired me to continue to write AND to start booking my own shows. [Imagine getting those early calls from me as a nine year-old asking to play your venue?!?!] It worked. We got booked and booked and booked - I kept writing and writing and writing - the band got tighter and tighter and tighter. We started playing SXSW in 2009 (feature cover story in 2016), and played ACL in 2012 and 2016.
We've released 3 EPs (2014, 2015, 2018) and the 4th is on the way (2019). Our songs are played on the radio and we've had a song in a national AT&T commercial. We have played all the great stages in town, been featured in some of the best publications, recorded in fantastic studios and have shared the stage with phenomenal bands. We literally grew up on stage in the live music scene in The Live Music Capital of the World. Timing, geography, luck, great music, and great writing lead us here.
What makes our story different? Gyasi is fond of wearing t-shirt (swag from ACL) that says it all, "It's About The Music." -Jendayi
(Überfans, drop us a line if you ever want to hear the pre-professional, pre-recorded Charlie Belle stuff. Our mom has kept it all. *wink*)