Julie Belle

Julie Belle

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Julie Belle's songs use instrumentation expected on a country album, but in subtle ways that appeal to fans of a wide range of genres, from rock, to Americana, to pop. Just like her hometown of Detroit, Julie’s music is sad but sweet, broken-hearted but hopeful, with no frills and no gimmicks—fueled by honest reflections of struggle, stories of survival, and unrelenting resilience.

Biography

Growing up in a home with a mother who doubled as a piano teacher made music an easy path for Julie Belle. By the time she was four years old she was learning to read music—even before she learned to read English. In 2011, Julie released her long-awaited debut EP, Run, leaving fans asking for more. “I should have called that first EP ‘Songs from a Tired Heart.’ I listen to those songs now and can’t believe how vulnerable they are. I was too tired to be anything but honest.”

Julie's newest EP, You Were Younger, reflects on growing up near Detroit, which has undoubtedly deeply informed her music, both in lyric and in sound. You Were Younger features instrumentation expected on a country album, but uses them in subtle ways that appeal to fans of a wide range of genres, from rock, to Americana, to pop. Julie has proven she can connect with any audience, whether it’s through her piano-and-strings cover of Shout at the Devil, by performing with OneRepublic’s Brent Kutzle, or by opening for Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, & Mary. Just like Detroit, Julie’s music is sad but sweet, broken-hearted but hopeful, with no frills and no gimmicks—fueled by honest reflections of struggle, stories of survival, and unrelenting resilience.


Lyrics

Riddle

Written By: Julie Belle

Its been a long hour,
Its been a long week.

Does the rain fall softer?
Does the wind feel warm on a mountain top?
Does Orion dance around you and sing you to sleep?
Cuz where I am...

When it rains it pours
And the wind becomes a hurricane
Its not easy to see
Not so easy to breathe

The city lights make it harder to see.

Do you hear me softly whisper
In the middle of the night while you sleep?
Gentle confessions
Your words fall heavy on a near-sighted heart
I need you now

Cuz when it rains it pours
And the wind becomes a hurricane
Its not easy to see
Not so easy to breathe

The city lights make it harder to see.

Israel

Written By: Julie Belle

Oh what broken lives we lead
Oh what tangled webs we weave
What a beautiful mess we've made
What a beautiful mess

The grass always looks greener on the other side
In hindsight you always seem to know what is right
You do right and wrong creeps in
I fight my way to let love in

Oh what broken lives we lead
Oh what tangled webs we weave
What a beautiful mess we've made
What a beautiful mess

Begin

Written By: Julie Belle

Are you tired of lying all the time?
I am, for the record I am
Are you tired of watching the news?
Tune in at prime time, just to watch the world lose
I am, I am

Your religion's gone bad on you
Those old times you had are gone

Live life

We all need to stop, and just begin again
And take time to make it right
Cuz I'm so tired of never knowing why
We can't just get along
Why we can't stop the fight

And live life

Your religion's gone bad on you
What's your plan now
Those old times you had are gone

Live life.

Burning

Written By: Julie Belle

Growing up young in the south of Detroit
Where we wait for the smoke to rise on devil’s night
They tried to control they matches they’d light
Just like the warmth I found in your eyes

And it felt like a fire
And it felt like a fire
Moth to the flame, I don’t care if it’s safe
I just want you to know
I’m burning

Houses are empty, sit under the moon
And you smile as I talk about going there soon
There’s a blanket of snow, it’s the middle of June
All I need is you.

Pacific

Written By: Julie Belle

I saw my life like a mirror
The lights burning bright in my eyes
Back in the day you were younger
You didn’t realize

Life for me then was a story
But no one remembers it right
Now all that’s left is a whisper
Of a ghost inside

I see it all come crumbling down before me
I see it all come falling at my feet
Don’t let it fade away into a memory
Oh I beg you let me speak

Left by the world I created
Did everything I could have done
Now I’m left holding the blame
I’m not the only one

Don’t tear it down, don’t sell me out
There’s more to tell, I’m crying out

Don’t let it fade away into a memory
Oh I beg you let me speak

Prodigal

Written By: Julie Belle

This is the way it sounds
You’re only as far as you think you are

Prodigal girl, wait for the world to let me go
Let me go
Prodigal girl, try and pretend I’ve always known
I’ve always known

Have I walked too far?
Have I run too hard?

This is the way it sounds, ohh
This is the way to go, ohh
This is the life I know
This is the way it sounds to go home

On my own, the telephone doesn’t ring
Like it used to
Now that I’m gone, you don’t speak my name
Like you used to

Don’t give up on me now, don’t give up on me now
I almost got it right I almost got it right

Don’t give up on me now, don’t give up on me now
I almost got it right I almost got it right

Long Road

Written By: Julie Belle

When I took the long road back
With my heart that can’t relax
I close my eyes and memorize your hands
Stronger than the ocean’s tide
A will that can’t be satisfied
I hold my breath, No rest before I rise
Do you still think I’m beautiful?

Will I make it,
Will you take me home?
Will you say the words I long to know?

Watch the light fall on my face
See the lines I can’t erase
They’ll tell you of the heartbreak that I’ve found
Like a match I’m burning out
Come pick me up I’m on the ground
This flight has kept me gone for far too long
When will I hold you again?

Will I make it,
Will you take me home?
Will you say the words I long to know?

I love you more than I did in the winter
I love you more than I did in the fall
I love you more than I did in the sun
I love you more, I do. I love you more.

Will I make it,
Will you take me home?
Will you say the words I long to know?

Listen Low

Written By: Julie Belle

Listen low for the sound of your soul
Choking on the water that your mama stole
She traded in your father for his silver and gold
Listen low

Listen low for the sound of your soul
Drowning in the river with the undertow
I threw you a line but you let me go
Listen low
Listen low

The devil don’t make me scared
He’s only burning me out out out
I’m more afraid of my own hand
Dragging me down, down, down
I’m only lost cuz I once was found
I’m only lost cuz I once was found
And when your soul starts to make a sound
Listen low

Listen low for the sound of my soul
Begging for the mercy that I’ve never shown
For all the times I tried to run away from home
Listen low
Listen low
Listen low

Run

Written By: Julie Belle

How far can you follow me down
If I lose myself inside this town
If I play the game and sell my soul
My mind is numb my heart is stone
How far can you follow me down

Oh I run run run run run
Don’t wanna hurt no no no one
I’m trying hard to hide my scars
Jesus can you follow me that far

You said you would follow me here
What if I drink until I disappear
Strung out in the afternoon
Bending back my silver spoon
You said you would follow me here

How far? How far?
How far?

Maybe you don’t know me well
Follow me down to the edge of hell
Where I make my cash on an easy high
Find a place to spend the night
Maybe I don’t know you well

Don't Let Me Down

Written By: Julie Belle

I can’t think of a place I wanna be
I swear that I want something new but it doesn’t want me
It’s like I’ve got the pieces but I can’t find peace
What the hell is wrong with me?
Everything, just...

Don’t, don’t let me down
Don’t, don’t let me down

Please tell me all the places you disappear
I know when you’re gone but I never know if you’re here
Why don’t you speak loud enough to drown my fear
Just pleast don’t forget me here
Forget me here, just...

Don’t, don’t let me down
Don’t, don’t let me down

Feels like I’m losing everything
Feels like I’m losing everything
Feels like I’m losing everything
Just don’t let me down
Don’t let me down
Don’t let me down

Keep the Light On

Written By: Julie Belle

One false step and I walk away
Remind me how I feel today
Cuz I don’t know any other way
But to love you

Just keep your eyes on me
Keep your eyes on me
Keep the light on for me
Just keep your eyes on me

My feet move slower than my heart
My mind moves faster than my words can start
To tell you how to tear apart all my armor

Discography

You Were Younger EP Released September 18, 2015

Shout at the Devil, a Motley Crue Cover Released March 2012

RUN EP Released May 2011

Movement EP  2007