What is the key to success in the current music industry? If you ask pop rocker Andrew Belle, it might be having a song featured on “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Belle, a singer from Nashville, whose song “In My Veins” was featured on the show’s finale, recently performed at the Underground last Tuesday, September 14, with Sam Gregg to an enthusiastic crowd. It was the first stop of Belle’s fall tour, playing a few colleges before heading on the road for a bigger tour with Tyrone Wells.
“Grey’s [Anatomy] is the one show that people watch mostly just to hear good music. To be included in that last year was really exciting,” said Belle.
Besides “In My Veins,” Belle has had three other songs–”Static Waves,” “Make it Without You” and “Open Your Eyes”–featured on the most recent season of the drama.
Self-described as a mix of Coldplay, the Fray and Brett Dennen, and influenced by Chris Martin and Ben Gibbard, Belle is an interesting musician. He performs a few times a year with “Ten from Tenn,” a group of ten songwriters from Tennessee who perform collaborative concerts throughout the country a few times a year.
Belle is also one of the few performers out there to use both electric and acoustic guitars together when performing. “It varies up the sounds; [I] want to make it interesting,” he said.
Belle is a relative newcomer to the music industry. He released an EP, titled “All The Pretty Lights,” in 2008 and his debut album, “The Ladder,” last February.
During the concert, he performed a mix of songs from both albums, including “The Ladder,” the title track from his new album. “[It] is vocally challenging, and has the most creative lyrics,” Belle said, explaining why it is his favorite song to perform live.
If you missed Belle this time around, you can catch him again during fall break. On Oct. 8, he will be performing at Jammin’ Java in Vienna and on Oct. 9 in Baltimore. If not, he says may return: “Everyone [at the Underground] is hanging out, listening. [I] usually play at loud bars. People are here to listen.”