I'm Adrielle Belle, many of you know me as "Bow Belle." I'm a singer/songwriter, originally hailing from San Diego, CA. I'm so excited to share this project with you! :-)
I grew up in an abusive household, where I was alone and isolated, a lot of the time. Music was my escape, and it helped me to stay hopeful and keep dreaming, even when I felt like I wouldn't make it another day. I used to hide behind my smile, and have to hide what was going on at home from all of my friends...which in turn made me pretty shy and timid. I had such a hard time when it came to putting myself out there, and doing what I most wanted to do: Sing my heart out! :-)
It wasn't until I ran away from home and ended up in Foster care, that I found this inner, hidden strength... to fight for my dreams like there was no tomorrow. I moved to New York and was able to train at an awesome conservatory-that kicked my butt, but in the best way! :-) Eventually I was able to let go off all of those pent up feelings of inadequacy that were holding me back-and I finally started to find my way.
I learned how to stand alone in front of an audience and rock out, with the guidance of all of my teachers. Once I became more and more comfortable in my vulnerability, I realized that I didn't have to keep my feelings and struggles locked away in order to survive, anymore. I began to really be able to connect to people for the first time in my life-and it was awesome. I had never really had a family base growing up, but after sharing my story through my art, I've garnered the biggest family of friends a girl could hope for-all of whom inspired me to bring this project to fruition.
Since penning my first song at 12 years old, I've grown so much and aim to instill hope and inspire others who may feel forgotten, voiceless, or need to be empowered by a fellow "Fighter" who has weathered the storm and is making it through. :-)
This album goes out to the 'forgotten.' All the lost boys and lost girls who had to struggle to find their way and find their voice in a tough world. From the moments we all know, like falling in love for the first time, to the ones that may be more elusive to some-like being a runaway or overcoming abuse, the EP will take you on a unique journey. I finally have a set of songs that really showcase who I am as a vocalist and a storyteller, and I absolutely can't wait to share them with you!!
I have the honor of getting to work with some of the best engineers and producers in the city to bring this project to life! Two of the songs on the EP were produced by Mantra, who has developed beats for artists like Rihanna. Mikaelin "Blue" BlueSpruce is behind the mix/mastering process for 100% of the EP. Blue just won a Grammy for his work on Solange's recent album! I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to work with such accomplished engineers, and have already grown so much throughout this process.
Luckily I have been able to put up a lot of the money I make through my work as a musical theatre and dance teacher for children, toward this project-so we are 75% of the way to completion, already. All self-funded! Whoop!! But there is still the task of funding Music videos, P.R and marketing., production of CD's and so forth. This is an album that I want people to hear...and no one will hear it without the proper follow through, so I need your help to make sure we do it the right way and go all the way! :-)
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is not being funded...this project has been in the works for the past 3 years, but it's been a struggle to self-fund. Everything is already in motion and the EP itself is 75% of the way completed (recorded/mixed/mastered). I just need a lil' help from my friends and supporters from afar to get across the finish line. :-)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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