What's your story to tell? I'll write the song for it.
The best songs are ones that pull you so far in to someone's story that you can hear what they hear, see what they see, taste what they taste. Tell me what your story is, what kind of song you want, and I can either help you edit & develop your existing sound, or deliver a ready-to-record song from scratch.
As a songwriter, I write mostly pop, folk, indie rock, and music theater - specializing in catchy melodies, image-rich lyrics, and songs tailored to your experience.
As a singer, I sing pop, folk, rock, jazz, a cappella, and music theater - specializing in breathy, indie vocals, with a strong mezzo-sop belt and extra low alto notes.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
4 ReviewsEndorse Belle Shea
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Great to work with you again. Thank you!
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It was a pleasure to work with Belle. Great client and great music. Many thanks!
If you knew what I knew, you'd agree with me when I say, she has some seriously awesome time management skills! That's only to complement her phenomenal lyric writing and the melody composition she made for me. Belle is such a great person to work with and I look forward to working with her again in the future. Super professional and very easy to work with. Thanks Belle!
Stumbled upon this gem by an accident. Lovely voice, mad skills with pen :)
Interview with Belle Shea
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Hannah Tobias as a songwriter, producer and engineer in a heartbeat! She is one of the most talented and patient people I know. Johnny DelToro as a songwriter and instrumentalist, Jason Sill as a producer, Chris Brown as a mixing and mastering engineer (he takes the time to make edits and tweaks until you have things just so, which is invaluable.)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been songwriting since the age of 10, taught myself to play guitar (with some help along the way!) by learning Taylor Swift songs by ear, opened for New Orleans funk band Dumpstaphunk at 15, and then turned my attention to writing for music theater in college. From writing for theater I learned that there are so many ways to make a song, and how to shape songs so that they feel different for different people. I taught a songwriting course in college, and in 2020 released my debut 10 track album THE ART OF YEARS, mixed and mastered by a great professional from SoundBetter, Chris Brown.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I was lucky enough to have Divide and Conquer (indie music blog) say that I write and sound like "a hybrid of Lorde and Joni Mitchell meshed together [with] a sound that is characteristically her own" in their review of my debut album THE ART OF YEARS. I strive to write like both of those artists, and create songs that take risks, vary in style and sound, and say things in ways that, once you hear someone phrase it just right, you feel seen and heard in a way you haven't before.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm a great listener. I want to write a song that sounds like what you want it to be, and makes you feel how you want to feel. Everyone deserves that, and I love to help someone find that feeling. That's what songwriting is best for, in my opinion. I also am a quick worker, and a good editor - once started, I can find many different tweaks, word choices, rhymes, or directions for something, and don't take offense if something just doesn't feel organic to your sound.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When songwriting, I begin with the client's idea of what they want to say. I've had some people give me a diary entry, a short story they wrote, a television pilot script, or just a few lines about what they're looking for. Once I get the idea from the client about what the song should be about, I ask for a few songs that they want it to sound like. Then I sit down with my guitar or piano and write the song. Once started, I typically write very quickly, can communicate lyrics or melodies in rough draft form to make sure I'm on the right track for your sound, and then send my demo back for final approval.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most commonly I deliver a song written from scratch about a feeling or an experience that someone had. I usually send a guitar + vocal demo as my finished product (sometimes with piano, harmonies or other elements, depending on what they're looking for), and the client takes the song into the next stages of recording & production from there. I also commonly edit lyrics, write top-line melodies, and have some experience adding production elements and ideas to tracks.