Chrysta Bell

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Chrysta Bell
Chrysta Bell performing in London, June 2017.jpg
Chrysta Bell performing in London, 2017.
Background information
Birth nameChrysta Bell Zucht
BornSan Antonio, Texas, United States
  • Meta Hari
  • La Rose Noire
  • QQ5

Chrysta Bell Zucht,[1][2][3] (known as Chrysta Bell) is an American singer, songwriter, model, and actress from Texas.[4] She has worked professionally with filmmaker and composer David Lynch since the pair met in 1999 and together they released two albums in the genre of dream pop. Her voice and musical style are described as “ethereal” and “sensual”.[5][6] Her new album, We Dissolve, released independently on Meta Hari Records in June 2017, is produced by John Parish, with guests including Adrian Utley, Geoff Downes and Stephen O'Malley.[7] In her first television acting role, Chrysta Bell plays FBI Agent Tammy Preston in the revival of Twin Peaks that premiered on Showtime on May 21, 2017.[8]

Early life[edit]

Chrysta Bell's mother is also a professional singer, whom she credits for early exposure to music from Michael Jackson, Eurythmics and The Go-Gos, among others.[9][10] Chrysta Bell started her professional singing career at a young age as a session vocalist in a recording studio owned by her parents in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas.[11]


After attending high school in San Antonio,[2] Bell moved to Austin, Texas, and became the lead singer for 8½ Souvenirs.[10] The band was named for the Federico Fellini film and notable for its Django Reinhardt and gypsy jazz influence as well as a repertoire of songs with lyrics in French, Italian, Spanish and English.[12][13] In 1997 8½ Souvenirs signed to the RCA Victor label [10] and subsequently released two albums “Happy Feet”(1998) [14] and “Twisted Desire”(1999). The band received some national attention after making an appearance on an Austin City Limits broadcast in April 1998.[15] That same year they performed as the opening act on an 8-week tour with The Brian Setzer Orchestra.[16]

In 1999 Chrysta Bell met CAA Agent Brian Loucks [17][18] who had the idea that David Lynch might want to work with her.[19] Loucks arranged a meeting at Lynch's recording studio and the pair “hit it off”, writing their first song together that day.[5]

Musical Collaboration with David Lynch[edit]

Lynch included the song “Polish Poem", co-written with Chrysta Bell, in the final minutes of his 2006 film Inland Empire.[20]

In September 2011, she released a debut solo album This Train, which was co-written and produced by Lynch and released independently through La Rose Noire Records. The album was officially re-released throughout Europe with additional bonus material on January 31, 2014, through the German-based label, QQ5.[21][22]

The pair teamed up again for a 5 – song EP Somewhere In The Nowhere, also produced and co-written by Lynch,[20] released in Oct 2016 on Meta Hari Records.[23]

Along with Duran Duran, Lykke Li, Karen O, Moby, The Flaming Lips, Sky Ferreira, Zola Jesus, Donovan and Angelo Badalamenti, Chrysta Bell appears on the double LP "The Music of David Lynch",[24] performing “Swing With Me”, a song she wrote with Lynch.[25] The album is a live recording of a tribute concert[26] that took place on April 1, 2015, at the historic Ace Theater in Downtown Los Angeles as a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation. The concert was filmed for television as well and subsequently aired on AXS TV.[27] The companion book for the concert, "Beyond the Beyond: Music From the Films of David Lynch", includes an interview with Chrysta Bell on her artistic relationship with Lynch.[28]

Lynch has said of Chrysta Bell “The first time I saw her perform, I thought she was like an alien. The most beautiful alien ever.” [29]


Photographer Emma Summerton shot Chrysta Bell for an 8-page feature in the February 2013 issue of Vogue Italia.[18] In May 2014 The Red Bulletin Magazine published an interview and pictorial on her titled “A Real Femme Fatale”.[30] She appeared on the cover of photographer Larry Fink's 2006 book "Somewhere There's Music".[31]


Chrysta Bell has appeared in the Chinese film Once Upon a Time in China and America (1997) opposite Jet Li (for which she was credited under her birth name, Chrysta Bell Zucht), the ABC Family reality television series Switched! (2004), and a commercial for the Ford Motor Company.[32][33] She plays FBI Agent Tammy Preston in Twin Peaks: The Return, which premiered on Showtime on May 21, 2017.[34][35]

Personal life[edit]

Chrysta Bell practices Transcendental Meditation and believes in reincarnation.[36][37]



  • We Dissolve, Meta Hari, 2017
  • Chrysta Bell EP, Meta Hari, 2018

Chrysta Bell & David Lynch[edit]

  • This Train, La Rose Noire, 2011
  • Somewhere In The Nowhere, Meta Hari, 2016

8 1/2 Souvenirs[edit]

  • Happy Feet, RCA Victor, 1998
  • Twisted Desire, RCA Victor, 1999


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  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference born was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ a b "What It's Like to Make Music With David Lynch - Speakeasy - WSJ". October 26, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
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  7. ^ Calvario, Liz (March 4, 2017). "Chrysta Bell's Forthcoming Album 'We Dissolve' Has A Release Date". La Vida Liz. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
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  13. ^ "Hear This - By". SF Weekly. July 29, 1998. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
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  15. ^ Boz Scaggs followed by 8½ Souvenirs Retrieved January 25, 2016
  16. ^ "The Brian Setzer Orchestra to swing into Omaha". November 30, 1998. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
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  20. ^ a b Matthew Strauss (August 9, 2016). "David Lynch and Chrysta Bell Team Up for New EP". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
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  22. ^ Hector Saldaña (September 28, 2011). "Singer Chrysta Bell joins David Lynch for wild CD". San Antonio Express-News. Archived from the original on March 2, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  23. ^ "Chrysta Bell & David Lynch's Rockabilly Trap Stormer "Night Ride" Gets Badass Video". Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  24. ^ Blistein, Jon (April 7, 2016). "Karen O, Wayne Coyne, Duran Duran Set for David Lynch Tribute Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  25. ^ "THE MUSIC OF DAVID LYNCH is a Must-Have Live Covers Record (Review)". Nerdist. October 17, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  26. ^ "Legendary David Lynch tribute concert gets album release". April 7, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  27. ^ Seth Kelley (April 2, 2015). "David Lynch Tribute Features Duran Duran, Flaming Lips, Lykke Li". Variety. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  28. ^ "David Lynch muse Chrysta Bell readies Somewhere in the Nowhere EP". August 9, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  29. ^ Vikram Murthi (August 9, 2016). "David Lynch & Chrysta Bell Collaborate On New EP". IndieWire. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  30. ^ Text: Arno RaffeinerPhotography: Aaron Feaver (January 1, 1970). "Chrysta Bell - A real femme fatale". Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  31. ^ "Somewhere there's music".
  32. ^ "Chrysta Bell's Habit". Denver Post. June 2010. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  33. ^ "Chrysta Bell Zucht". Hong Kong Cinemagic. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  34. ^ Showtime (April 25, 2016). "25 Years Later the Story Continues". Showtime. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  35. ^ Dessem, Matthew (January 9, 2017). "Twin Peaks Will Return on May 21 With a Two-Hour Premiere".
  36. ^ "Chrysta Bell: A Multidisciplinary Artist". Archived from the original on June 30, 2014. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  37. ^ Raffeiner, Arno (May 2014). "A Real Femme Fatale". The Red Bulletin.

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