Andrée Belle is a singer, songwriter, dancer, poet and humanitarian. A southern native, who's also of Puerto Rican heritage, she was born in Georgia and grew up in North Carolina. She studied classical voice in North Carolina before relocating to Los Angeles to study jazz at The University of Southern California with Grammy nominated jazz vocalists Tierney Sutton and Carmen Bradford (Count Basie, Wynton Marsalis, James Brown).
Previous releases include her debut project M.U.S.I.C. (Magnificent Unique Sexy Intelligent Creativity) . The eclectic soul record earned her various TV placements (including Orange is the New Black). Her sophomore effort, The Soft Glow of Electric Sex, was an otherworldly, dark, electro-soulful, exploration of sex and love. With this project Andrée acquired her first TV appearance of original music, on AXS Live. Her electric live performance and stellar band created a strong local following in Los Angeles.
The Return to Queendom, her latest work, was released on International Women's Day. Bridging soul, pop, jazz, and hip-hop, the record is rooted in the complexity of life through Andrée Belle's pensive lyric writing and multiple octave range. The project was co-written and produced by multi-instrumentalist MAST and recorded at Revival at The Complex, the home to Earth, Wind & Fire's label headquarters and personal studio/rehearsal space.
Sonically, The Return to Queendom has a magnetism that is embellished into complex layer schemes, beautiful harmonics, and dynamic shifts, traversing through an endless doorway of sound and raw essence. Andrée Belle's vocals float over the music with every inflection imaginable, hitting multiple octaves and lacing soulful passages with the depths of life. Every member of The Return to Queendom brings a critical additive and performs with a heightened sense of virtuosity and energy, giving Andrée Belle the fullest range possible to stretch out and explore the depth of her vocalism. Outside of the core elements of jazz, the album brings together a multitude of genres, adding an LA flavor of all-encompassing fusions that is reflective of the cities musical history of openness and inclusivity.
A vocalist first she is known for her soulful, sultry, raw, rich vocal tone, an expansive range from ethereal Minnie Ripertonesque highs to bluesy guttural lower register. Her nuanced, powerful, and emotionally captivating vocals have been compared to Billie Holiday, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Prince, Erykah Badu, Sade, and Amy Winehouse.
Andrée serves as the Director of Music and Movement for the nonprofit organization, The Art of Elysium, bringing music and dance to communities in need. Andrée's passion for dance lead her to study Afro-Cuban dance extensively with the prestigious, Raices Profundas in Havana, Cuba. She is also working on a book of poetry.