Andrew Belle

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Andrew Belle
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Background information
Birth name Drew Fortson
Born (1984-08-26) August 26, 1984 (age 29)
Wheaton, Illinois
Origin United States
Genres rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, acoustic guitar
Years active 2008–present
Labels 1L Music
Website www.andrewbelle.com

Drew Fortson (born August 26, 1984), better known as Andrew Belle, is an American singer-songwriter. Belle is originally from Wheaton, Illinois. He moved to Nashville in 2009, and he currently also resides in Chicago. He married Jill Dart on June 9, 2012.

Career[edit]

Belle began his musical career towards the end of his time at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Upon graduation in marketing, he launched his solo career in Chicago, performing at various local restaurants and venues, including Bar and Grill, Elbo Room, SPACE and Schubas Tavern.[1]

2008–09: Debut EP[edit]

2010–12: The Ladder and The Daylight EP[edit]

His song "Sky's Still Blue" was featured in a Microsoft commercial/documentary promoting the Windows 7, Windows Live and Windows Phone 7 exosystem. It was made available as a free download from Microsoft.

2013–present: Black Bear[edit]

For this new job, Belle cited a larger approach with God, putting your feelings in the songs. According to him, the songs are autobiographical themes through the hard times experienced by him and the idea with God and with his wife.[2] The album consists of folk songs with influences from M83, Beach House and Washed Out, he said: "I didn’t want to be stuck in that niche of being just a singer-songwriter, which sort of conjures up ideas of an acoustic guitar and a white kid singing a song. It’s very stereotypical [...] I wanted to make music like they were making."[3] Black Bear was released in August 20, 2013 and relies on the production of Chad Copelin.[3] Andrew stated in an interview with USA Today that he wrote the song 'Pieces' (the first single on Black Bear) for his wife not too long after they got married in Chicago in 2012.[4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • The Ladder (2010)[5]
  • Black Bear (2013)[6]

EPs[edit]

  • All Those Pretty Lights (2008)
  • The Daylight EP (2012)

Live albums[edit]

  • Sundays at Rockit (2009)
  • Live at Hotel Cafe (2010)
  • Live at Double Door (2010)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Award Nominated work Result Ref
2009 MTV Video Music Award Chicago Breakout Artist of the Year Himself Won [1][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thalmann, Simon A. (February 4, 2010). "Pop-rocker Andrew Belle strikes out on his own, stops into Kalamazoo". mlive. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Pitz, David (December 20, 2013). "Andrew Belle's Quest For Faith". Baeble Music. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Castillo, Heather (September 4, 2013). "Elite Daily Exclusive: Andrew Belle’s Sophomore Album ‘Black Bear’". Elite Daily Exclusive. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Matheson, Whitney (July 23, 2013). "Video premiere: Andrew Belle's 'Pieces'". USA Today. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Ladder by Andrew Belle". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Black Bear by Andrew Belle". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Episode 106 - Andrew Belle & Allen Stone". Mad Toast Live. March 11, 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 

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