Beautiful history, indeed!
Frankly, there just isn't enough time in the day to listen to all the great new music that floods through my speakers. And while I'd like to suggest that each of us set aside a block of hours each day to check out all the breaking artists that deserve some attention and recognition, I am nothing if not practical. That is why I am here to spoon feed you and make sure you are exposed to the music of bands like Belle Histoire, the talented quartet whose lead singer, Jane Smith, lived to rock another day after fielding our hard-hitting Seven Questions In Heaven.
Describe your music for our readers who may not be familiar with you.
It's definitely simply fun music! I like to write songs that everyone can relate to and enjoy.
Who are your musical influences and idols?
Our biggest music influence is definitely Jimmy Eat World! They are such an amazing band. My personal biggest idol is Imogen Heap. She's such a talented artist.
What was the first album, cassette, or CD you bought with your own money?
This is a good one, ha ha ha. It was Britney Spears.
I might be mistaken about its origin, but your name Belle Histoire seems to be lovingly cultivated from an old Edith Piaf song "La Belle Histoire D'Amour." Are there any Piaf fans among you and what about that name for the band made it seem like a good fit?
I'm a huge Edith Piaf fan! But no, our band is named because I originally wanted to be called The History, but our producer wanted us to have a more creative name. Beautiful history is the American meaning of our band.
I thought the songs on the "I Can Tell" EP were great, and after enjoying them several times on an endless loop I've got to tell you that the vocal stylings of Jane Smith made me a think of The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan. Has anyone ever pointed out the similarity in your voices?
That's crazy! No, no one has ever made that correlation. She is amazing though, and I take that as a huge compliment.
You are playing a string of tour dates starting this February and running through March, mostly in the south. (GA, KY etc.) I've read several places that you are Ohio natives but now are based out ofCovington KY. Why the move south?
Ha ha, actually we live in Cincinnati and Kentucky. I live in Cincinnati, the guitarists and bassist all live in northern Kentucky, and our drummer lives in Springfield, Ohio.
The song "Be Alright" seems like such an upbeat anthem for what amounts to a "calm down take your meds" type of mantra. I find if I repeat that phrase to myself over and over it makes me feel better. If you don't mind telling us, what is the story behind this song?
A friend of mine always catches me going crazy and stressing out and always assures me that everything is going to be a-ok. He is definitely right as well! I have learned to live by that rule, and have found myself to be calmer
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