Caroline Brooks (singer)

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oooh, orphan BeLL F.K.A. Caroline Brooks is an independent artist and songwriter from Tyler, Texas, and is now based in Los Angeles, California. She has written songs with other artists such as Natalie Imbruglia, Ray Dalton (Macklemore), and The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue, and worked with producers/songwriters such as Phredley Brown (Bruno Mars), Trent Dabbs (Ingrid Michaelson), and David Hodges (Christina Perri, Kelly Clarkson, Evanescence).

Brooks' songs have been featured in MTV's Finding Carter, TV Land's Jennifer Falls, a movie trailer for Kate Hudson's film A Little Bit of Heaven, a Marc Jacobs commercial, Perez Hilton, Just Dance Kids 2014 video game, a Volkswagen 2014 Super Bowl commercial feature with Giorgio Moroder (Daft Punk),[1] and most recently in The CW's "Vampire Diaries"[2] and ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars".[3] Brooks began receiving enthusiastic press from sources including Entertainment Tonight,[4] and The Huffington Post.,[5] which led her to be featured on the cover of In Magazine.

Early life

Template:BLP sources section BeLL was born and raised in the small town of Tyler, Texas. She and her two sisters were raised by their father, who works in politics and their mother, who works in education with a focus on advancement and fundraising. BeLL credits her father for her work ethic and her mother for her passion to inspire and make the world a better place. Her parents encouraged creativity in the household; as a result, she was taking piano lessons by the early age of 8 and was classically trained as a vocalist by the age of 16.

She attended the University of Texas at Austin as a Radio-Television-Film major, and was selected to be in an A capella group called Ransom Notes. Before graduating, however, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

Early career

Brooks started collaborating with songwriters such as Jim Collins (Kenny Chesney's "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy," Jason Aldean), Phredley Brown (musical director for Bruno Mars), and David Hodges (Christina Perri, Kelly Clarkson, Evanescence, Carrie Underwood). She started playing college shows nationwide, developing loyal fan bases in cities as diverse as Austin, Washington D.C., New York, and Los Angeles.

Brooks was also selected to play various showcases at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas in March 2012, 2013, and 2014.[6] In the fall of 2013, the young artist went on a nationwide tour opening for Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers.[7]

Brooks released her single "Parachute" with the accompanying music video[8] starring WWE former wrestler Shad Gaspard , which spread rapidly and caused the single to advance up to #15 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts. It was then featured on the cover of the iTunes Singer/Songwriter genre page as "New and Noteworthy." The success for her single escalated even more when Young Hollywood featured her as an "Artist to Watch." [9]

Before long, offers for TV, film, and commercial placements began coming in, including a movie trailer for A Little Bit of Heaven (starring Kate Hudson)[10] , a Volkswagen 2014 Super Bowl commercial feature with Giorgio Moroder (Daft Punk),[1] MTV's "Finding Carter", Perez Hilton, a Marc Jacobs commercial, Just Dance Kids 2014 video game, TV Land's "Jennifer Falls", and most recently ABC Family’s "Pretty Little Liars" and The CW's "Vampire Diaries".

2014 - Present

Despite all of her success, Caroline felt her creativity was restricted by the parameters she was typically working within, writing songs for TV or film placements or with other artists such as Natalie Imbruglia, Ray Dalton (Macklemore), and The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue. BeLL was created as an outlet for Caroline to pour her true, authentic self into. “I created BeLL as an alter ego so I could express myself without worrying about being judged or viewed as unattractive; she started out as an escape but then grew into something bigger,” states Caroline. “The goal of BeLL is not to be self-indulgent though, but empowering.” BeLL was born when Brooks brought her creative vision to songwriter and producer Adrianne Gonzalez; the persona eventually evolved over a series of studio sessions with songwriters and producers Garrison Starr, Amit Ofir, and Tyler Shamy. Being heavily influenced by Queen and the band Fun., BeLL’s sound consists of a modern orchestral arrangement of epic anthems that scream both strength and vulnerability.

BeLL is now preparing to release her first EP "Fight the Giants" in early 2015 with the title track being released in January as the first offering from the debut project.

“I’ve always had ambitions and dreams that just seemed too big for my body. Like I’m supposed to be a fighter, but my hands are always shaking a little bit. I wanted a song that captured this because I think it’s the truest way to introduce BeLL, vulnerable but revolutionary,” adds Brooks. “I wrote ‘Fight the Giants’ to express this. My hope is that people are empowered by it.”

Discography

Year Album
2010 Caroline Brooks (EP)[11]
2013 "Tomorrow, Tonight" (Single)
2013 Parachute (Single)[12]

References