Danielle Bellas is a soulful artist channelling the R&B-tinged pop vibe of the late-90s, fused with a hint of Motown.
Born in South East London, Bellas was filling notepads full of lyrics from a young age and recorded her first single at 16. However, growing up in a home that encouraged education and a steady career over musical creativity, meant her musical dreams remained at the sidelines.
Whilst recording and performing music in UK girl group Urban Lady, the singer was also studying at University. In 2013 she decided to up sticks and move to Sydney and in 2016 Danielle quit her corporate life to finally concentrate on music and started recording solo material, with a plan to pursue music in the biggest way possible.
Her debut single, ‘Starship’ was the first offering from an exciting debut album, co-written and produced by UK-based production duo Jud Mahoney and Natalie DeLucia, who have worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Brandy and Britney Spears. The slick pop production, featuring hook-laden choruses and smooth lead vocals, is influenced by the late 90’s R&B greats such as Janet Jackson, Tamia and Ashanti. The single also boasts a glossy music video and a remix from famous Asian music producer, Rishi Rich (Jay Sean, Juggy D).
"Starship is a perfectly executed rendition of an all time classic, sung with soul and fine production bringing the classic into the modern era"
DJ Jigs, Mi-Soul
Danielle's long-awaited second single, 'Take a Minute' was released in May 2018 and spent 2 weeks at #13 on the Music Week Urban Club chart. It's a smooth summertime jam, filled with gorgeous harmonies and background vocals galore.
'I Got This', Danielle's inspiring third single, stays true to the artist's unique twist of mid 90s Pop/R&B that is instantly recognisable by fans and media. Danielle says “I Got This is about turning negative thoughts into positive ones. There’s so much negativity in the world right now and it’s easy to get caught up in it. Music has always been a healer for me, so I’m hoping this song can remind people that there’s always something beautiful to focus on, something to be grateful for and a different way of looking at things, including ourselves.”
In acknowledgement of World Mental Health Day 2019, Danielle Bellas released 'I Got This (JR Remix)'. Remixed by Jon Reichardt of Bliss & Eso and The Hilltop Hoods and mixed/mastered by Charles Daly (Amy Shark, All Day, MallRat), the 90's RnB style single got a future bass facelift. As an ambassador for Listen Up Music, Danielle is passionate about removing the stigma of mental health issues, having suffered from anxiety and depression herself in recent years. This remix was released on World Mental Health Day (Thursday 10th October) in an attempt to help people open up about their own negative thoughts and fears - and further promote that no-one needs to be alone in their pain.
'Look Inside' is Danielle's fourth single and sees her move in a cinematic pop direction, working with Jon Reichardt (Bliss & Eso, The Hilltop Hoods) once more. Released on Valentines Day 2020, 'Look Inside' is a love song to anyone out there that ever struggles with their identity or feels like they don't fit in, and encourages listeners to look inside for self-acceptance and never apologise for who they are.