Austin, United States
- showcasing at Michele Clark's Sunset Sessions, Sat Feb 23, 30 min featured performance at Grand Hyatt San Francisco
- unreleased track "Hey Baby" on ACVB's "Austin Music Volume 12" compilation being released in April 2013
- recent performances with Hayes Carll, Nakia, John Evans, T Bird and the Breaks, and Soul Track Mind
- debut full length album dropping May 2013
Somewhere in the world between technicolored soul, southern blues and 60's rock-n-roll, Emily Bell has an album of songs that is sure to stir the minds of the indie pop world. Based out of Austin, TX, Bell’s debut disc sonically fits on it’s own planet. From being raised by the queens of musical theater, to being toughened up by the seasoned cats of R&B and taken under the wing of rock and roll; Bell’s large musical family has created an extremely original and compelling monster. With a voice that fits in the realm of her soulful British female counterparts, she backs it up with an energetic rockin' rollin' vibe. While giving a nod to the great musical souls of the past, Bell didn’t just close her eyes and throwback a few stones hoping to catch the resurrected wave of the 60’s and 70’s. “I wanted to create a record of songs that captured the energy of what naturally comes out of me, the musicians I work with, and I wanted to stay true to the neighborhood I grew up in.”
Montrose neighborhood in Houston, TX- where Bell had her first encounter with singer/songwriter, John Evans, and producer/co-writer of her debut record. "It was a special music scene going on there, Delta blues, southern roots music, musicians inspired by the greats- Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Gene VIncent, etc." At 19, Bell was bar tending and singing with bands in the scene. "These were my friends and some of my greatest musical influences. And when I saw John play for the first time, he immediately became a great friend and influence."
In 2006, Emily moved to the west coast, where she wrote, sang and recorded with former members of Tony Toni Tone, and Lucy Pearl. "My musical world began to open up to whole new planets.” After a few years, Bell felt the longing to bring her newly discovered planets back to where she came from. "Texas is home to me. It's also where my musical roots are." states Emily.
Back in Texas, a run in with her old friend John Evans changed things. “We immediately began collaborating on songs. I wanted to tie the thread between what I experienced musically on the west coast to my musical roots back home. John was the perfect guy to do that with. He's been crossing boundaries in southern music for over a decade" Together their inspirations span from The Ronnettes to Otis Redding, Gene Vincent to Hank Williams, and The Stones to The Stooges. The result is a collection of high energy, highly original songs. And after hearing the first single, "Back To The Way I Was", a stompy rock and soul number with a vocal delivery that cleverly captures Bell’s return to the place of her roots, it showcases a collection of songs that while built with old school steel, the tracks they ride on are polished and new. Bell dropped her first Double A side single featuring "Back to the Way I Was" and "Pusher Girl" to be released on 7' vinyl and ITunes and is approaching a full length album release in May 2013.
Emily Bell’s tracks