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Dead Woman's Grave

For Immediate Release: 1/30/2016

Vocalist Bella Cat new debut single "Dead Woman's Grave" will be released world wide February 1, 16 at;
iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, Groove, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, Gracenote, Shazam, KKBox, Slacker Radio, ClaroMusica and Facebook.

The upcoming Mini Lp "It's Not What It Looks Like" will have its world wide release this spring.Try and imagine two of the world's most soulful and unique voices, Janis Joplin and Eartha Kit now imagine them producing a beautiful love child and that would be as Clyde Stubblefield dubbed her "The Princess of Soul" BELLA CAT. Her 1st single from her forthcoming album promises to entertain you with a passionate sound coming straight from the inner sanctum of her heart and soul. Recorded in the US and Canada Produced by Jack LeTourneau in association with Neal Ford Sundet. This new Canadian voice shows the kind of new talent which will sure to be a major contender in the future of musical landscape.

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International Jazz Festival - Haiti Port- au- Prince

Opening act for Lolo from Boukman Eksperyans (PAPJAZZ 2015) . Bella Cat sings for 5000 people and again two days later at the same festival ! Click the Orange headliner above to see the interview !

Ottawa Life Magazine

In recent years Bella Cat has been on the prowl around the Ottawa music scene, shocking audiences with the intensity of her performances. When the petite 24-year-old with golden hair steps up to the microphone people often don’t expect what comes next. With the soul power of Aretha Franklin and the rock wail of Janis Joplin, this cat can howl! Now she’s ready to set fire to the Westboro FUSE Festival.

Bella grew up in the little town of Chelsea, Quebec. She was greatly influenced by the nature that surrounded her. Summer days would be spent jumping off the rock behind the local grocery store to cool off in the Gatineau River and she could often be found painting in her backyard. As a Chelsea kid, she liked to dance and recalls coming into an appreciation for music only in her early teens. Singing wasn’t necessarily her first choice. In fact, some might say she was quite literally driven into it.

“My mother picked me up from school when I was 12 and told me she signed me up for classes,” Bella tells Ottawa Life. “She was always pushing me to grow, not always willingly, but today I am very thankful.”

Since then, once a week, every week, she’s been taking lessons at Rob’s Music. Early on, she remembers her confidence levels being fairly low. She would put herself down, didn’t feel her voice was good enough. Shows would turn into fights with those around her, the singer lashing out to cover up for her stage fright. A chance meeting with her idol –Toronto, now Nashville, country singer Lindi Ortega– when Bella was 19 invigorated the young singer.

“Lindi told me that I have to be happy playing no matter where I am. I realized then I could not continue singing the way I was. I decided from that day on I would dedicate my time to writing my own songs. If I could just help one person every time I sing on stage and that one person can find peace in whatever they are battling then I have done my job.”

A few moments into any Bella Cat song, you can tell the work has paid off. Despite the early reluctance to embrace her voice, when she really put the work into it she realized it was something she was made to do, something she wanted to continue doing for the rest of her life. She started publicly performing more at small festivals and cites her music teacher, Rob Clarot, for recognizing her talent and taking care of her first bookings in local piano bars.

Clarot would train the singer in a theatre jazz style, teaching her pieces from musicals like Chicago. This led her to the blues and inspiration from vocalists like Etta James and Billie Holiday. Her first boyfriend was also an influence. He showed Bella rock and roll.

“He was that classic cute boy with long hair, light blue 70’s jeans, and a band shirt. It was his positive and happy energy when he danced to this music that rocked something inside of me,” she says, adding that the two are still friends today.

Growing up she was given the nickname “Cat”. An email from her cousin one day which read “I love you, Bella” would provide the missing piece to a stage name she has continued with throughout her career. For her, it is more than a simple pseudonym; it’s also a persona, but one not far from who she is in her regular day to day life.

“I do tend to step into character when I hit the stage. It’s my raw energy and honest performances that I think people are most attracted to, though. Today I find people –including myself– want to hide who we are when really we are just covering up our originality and beauty. It is important for me to stay as real as possible.”

Bella Cat (27 of 33)Bella released her first album, Corrupted, in 2014 to much acclaim. The Revue said she had “the most enthralling, soulful voice in the area.” Not too shabby for a vocalist who, only a few years before, had little confidence in her own talents.

Take “Shy Woman” from her debut. In the first minute the singer moves from smooth and, within the same breath, twists her vocals inward to release a sound that could be coming from a totally different performer. You can hear it on the title track or on tunes like “Swampy Water”. There’s this grunge to her voice, like she put Tom Waits, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nick Cave’s voices inside a blender and hit the mix button. She moves effortlessly from silk to sandpaper and back again.

The singer plans to release her 2nd album in 2016. Recorded in Wakefield, Ottawa and Chicago and taking on a more soulful edge than Corrupted, the album features work by three-time Grammy nominee Billy Branch and James Brown drummer Clyde Stubblefield.

 

Bella looks back on her performance at the International Jazz Festival in Haiti as one of her favourites. She sang her opening line and 5,000 people went ballistic. “Bella! Bella!” they chanted. What can you expect from her coming 7 p.m. Westboro FUSE performance on Friday June 10?

“My shows are never a disappointment, they are full of high energy and can be extremely emotional. People get overwhelmed and generally rise for a standing ovation, they see the hard work and talent my band has put on for an incredible performance,” Bella says. “Audiences are compelled to enter my world as I write songs about truth, love, hurt, and just all around everyday life experiences. People can expect a Tina Turner performance with vocals that sound like Eartha Kitt and Janis Joplin.”

Rogers TV

"We get a taste of some great soul music when Bella Cat performs live on the show" - Rogers TV

Michelle Valberg

Bella Cat & Michelle Valberg work together on her upcoming album cover

Metro NEWS

The Low Down

The Low Down

Ottawa Magazine

Kreol Magazine

Bella Cat a surpris la scène musicale canadienne avec ”Corrupted” enregistré à Nashville, Tennessee en 2014! Bella sait plaire à une vaste audience et les garde en haleine avec sa présence incomparable. Avec un mélange de blues et de rock, sa voix envoutante et son magnétisme sur scène, Bella Cat occupe une classe à part.  La force de ses performances sont à la fois magnifiques et authentiques, surprenant pour une jeune femme de 23 ans. Bella continue de performer à coup d’amour au coeur et entraîne son audience irrésistiblement à danser.  Soyez prêt pour son prochain album qu’elle enregistrera à Chicago.

The Review

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Bella Cat
Bella Cat arguably has the most enthralling, soulful voice in the area. Belting lyrics reminiscent of the great soul-blues singers of the past, the young woman from Old Chelsea, Quebec – which is about 15-minutes north of Ottawa – released a terrific debut EP this year entitled, Corrupted, which was reviewed earlier this year.
While the blues, soul, and jazz arrangements are extremely well done and the melodies catchy like the sounds of the ’50s and ’60s, it is Bella Cat’s booming, powerful voice that completely overwhelms you. She’s played a few shows in the area, and now she’ll be winning over new fans when she plays at the RBC Bluesfest on Thursday, July 10 at 6:00. Her set takes place in the intimate Barney Danson Theatre, which may not be big enough to hold in the powerful voice of Bella Cat.

The Review

For the most part on The Revue, we’ve focused on rock, pop, indie rock, indie folk, classic rock, and occasionally dipped into hip hop, rap, and hard rock. One genre that we haven’t focused much on is the blues. If there are more artists like Bella Cat, that might change.

Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, Bella Cat’s debut EP, Corrupted, which was released in January of this year, is stirring and a terrific first album. Her powerful, booming, soulful voice is tantalizing, capturing one’s attention like Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, and Sharon Jones do when they take the stage.

She’ll be performing at The Blacksheep Inn on April 18 with two other Ottawa bands, The Wicked Mercy and The Lionyls. Check them all out if you can.

Wakefield.ca

Bella Cat is a beautiful blues and soul singer originally from Chelsea, Quebec and favourite in Wakefield.  When she’s not hosting the Open Mic at Kaffe 1870 or playing at the Black Sheep, she might be serving you at Rutherford’s or Pipolinka Bakery.  Bella Cat is a hidden gem in the hills of Wakefield.

Bella’s funky fashion style is featured in an article in this month’s edition of Ottawa Magazine.  Check out the interview here @  My Look Bella Cat

Bella has just finished recording her second album earlier this year in Chicago.  I look forward to my advance signed copy any day now :)  My copy of her first album called “Corrupted” is worn out from wear.  Check out her music and tour dates on her website Bella Cat Soul

Being a huge fan of her amazing strong voice and performing ability, I will be there front and centre this week to see her perform.  Bella and her band will be playing on the Monster Energy stage at 6pm on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 at the Ottawa Bluesfest.  Hope to see you there.

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