Beady Belle

 

Since their debut for Jazzland Records in 2001, Beady Belle has been able to weave different styles of music like Norwegian folksongs, pop, jazz and electronic sounds  in a unique way. For the latest work and the associated tour, Beady Belle has chosen a largely acoustic approach, 2016 shimmers in elegant tones of classic vocal jazz and '70s soul, enriched with anthemic folk sounds of their Norwegian homeland.

 

Their music is sensitive, intimate, yet cosmopolitan and revel. A variety of moods, colours and shades characterizes the songs from soulful blues to floating ballads and deeply felt gospel.

 

Her most recent CD is produced with great effort and interesting guest appearances like Joshua Redman, Bugge Wesseltoft, Mathias Eick, just to name a few. But as always Beate Lech herself is the true gem of the impressive voice: plaintive, seductive, velvety, warm, always tremendously powerful. With each new release her voice seems matured, stronger and more confident. Now shades, depths and colours touch like never before.

 

Beady Belle in 2016 is now the sole solo project of singer Beate Lech and today it sounds better than ever.

 

 

Line-Up
 

Vocal: Beady Belle
Drums: Andreas Bye
Double bass: Marius Reksj
Grand piano/Fender Rhodes: Anders Aarum

 

 

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Beady Belle - Dedication

With "Dedication", Beady Belle has drawn together all the threads of inspiration at the core of who she is and has woven a brand new tapestry that is vibrant, organic, energetic, cool, emotional, intimate, and unequivocally funky. Soul and R&B have always been close to Beady Belle's heart, and with "Dedication", she is fully immersed in these twin worlds.  "I associate this music with the 70's," she says. "It's recorded live with old, original instruments. Raw and unpolished. With the groove as an unstoppable engine. It's a tribute to my great heroes - Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Aretha Franklin, while there are whispers of younger Soul artists like Alicia Keys, Raphael Saadiq, Lauryn Hill and Frank Ocean."

 

The title, "Dedication", refers to the most important thing in life - at any given time - as you go through hell and high water to achieve it. It is the battle that requires full dedication to win. But winning is never guaranteed ... The prize can be a breath of happiness, a sigh of relief, a roaring victory or a restful calm. The road ahead often seems darker than it really is as the goal ahead shines so brightly. But if an honest path is found, and one is true to oneself, that shining objective may not be so far away after all. The roads to Rome are many ...

 

Beady Belle's music has moved from a rather clubby Neo soul to Electronics Inspiration, through Nashville-inspired Country and Jazz. But her love for Soul and R & B has coloured all the songs. "Honesty is the key in all the words and music I've written. On all my records, I'm searching for a core that is close to my heart, but this changes as life goes and I change. What was me before may not be me anymore. Therefore, my music has always changed character from release to release - but always with a clear signature from my heart. There is always something open, revealing in it."

 

Beady Belle often writes songs with surprising juxtapositions of lyric and melody:  the lyrics and melody often seems to be from opposite moods. Jamie Cullum once said, "Your song is a real mindfuck". It occurs when, for example, you are drawn to your feet to dance and sing along to a joyful tune that lyrically is about something downbeat and serious. Should you cry or laugh? Beady Belle finds great inspiration and power in this dichotomy. "Contrasts and duality are the stuff of life," she says, "I rarely feel that something is purely either joyous or sad. And smiling through tears is an expression of the strongest emotions. I want to write music and words that convey this."

With "Dedication", Beady Belle has drawn together all the threads of inspiration at the core of who she is and has woven a brand new tapestry that is vibrant, organic, energetic, cool, emotional, intimate, and unequivocally funky. Soul and R&B have always been close to Beady Belle's heart, and with "Dedication", she is fully immersed in these twin worlds.  "I associate this music with the 70's," she says. "It's recorded live with old, original instruments. Raw and unpolished. With the groove as an unstoppable engine. It's a tribute to my great heroes - Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Aretha Franklin, while there are whispers of younger Soul artists like Alicia Keys, Raphael Saadiq, Lauryn Hill and Frank Ocean."
The title, "Dedication", refers to the most important thing in life - at any given time - as you go through hell and high water to achieve it. It is the battle that requires full dedication to win. But winning is never guaranteed ... The prize can be a breath of happiness, a sigh of relief, a roaring victory or a restful calm. The road ahead often seems darker than it really is as the goal ahead shines so brightly. But if an honest path is found, and one is true to oneself, that shining objective may not be so far away after all. The roads to Rome are many ...
Beady Belle's music has moved from a rather clubby Neo soul to Electronics Inspiration, through Nashville-inspired Country and Jazz. But her love for Soul and R & B has coloured all the songs. "Honesty is the key in all the words and music I've written. On all my records, I'm searching for a core that is close to my heart, but this changes as life goes and I change. What was me before may not be me anymore. Therefore, my music has always changed character from release to release - but always with a clear signature from my heart. There is always something open, revealing in it."
Beady Belle often writes songs with surprising juxtapositions of lyric and melody:  the lyrics and melody often seems to be from opposite moods. Jamie Cullum once said, "Your song is a real mindfuck". It occurs when, for example, you are drawn to your feet to dance and sing along to a joyful tune that lyrically is about something downbeat and serious. Should you cry or laugh? Beady Belle finds great inspiration and power in this dichotomy. "Contrasts and duality are the stuff of life," she says, "I rarely feel that something is purely either joyous or sad. And smiling through tears is an expression of the strongest emotions. I want to write music and words that convey this."

Beady Belle - Out Of Orbit

Beady Belle - EPK 2016

On Tour

28.04.2018 D-Berlin A-Trane Tickets
29.04.2018 CH-Muri Im Plegidach Tickets
30.04.2018 D-Wendelstein Jegelscheue Festival Tickets
02.05.2018 D-Stuttgart Bix Tickets
03.05.2018 D-Regensburg Jazzclub Tickets
06.05.2018 GB-London Ronnie Scott´s Tickets
24.05.2018 NL-Rotterdam Lantaren Venster Tickets
25.05.2018 D-Ettersburg Schloss Tickets
29.06.2018 LV-Riga Ritmi Festival Tickets

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