About Charlie Belle
Originally from the Philadelphia area, Charlie Belle is an indie-pop U -18 band, based in Austin, TX. Their popularity grew after being featured in USA Today's Pop Candy column, which highlighted their rendition of the song "Strange Powers" for the promotion of the documentary Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields. Made up of brother and sister duo Jendayi (guitar and lead vocals) and Gyasi (back up vocals and drums), when they learned Zoe (bassist of the now defunct The Sisters Grimmm) was looking for a band, a new 3-piece was born. In 2012, Charlie Belle made their national festival debut at The Austin City Limits Music Festival. Charlie Belle is part of the new generation of Austin live music. They are an annual fixture at internationally known SXSW and regularly play many of the popular Austin clubs. Download the EPK if you're interested in booking the band.
Gyasi was born a drummer but started formal lessons at 4 years old at The Paul Green School of Rock in Philadelphia. He is a founding member of Rank + File (no not THAT Rank + File) and Charlie Belle. He keeps it in the pocket and takes drum lessons at the Terri Lord School of Badass Rock. Gyasi plays on basketball, lacrosse, and Ultimate Frisbee teams and likes to skateboard. If he could have any superpower it would be to take your superpowers away.
Jendayi is a singer, songwriter and rhythm guitar player. She started playing guitar at The Paul Green School of Rock in Philadelphia when she was 7 years old, and credits Girls Rock Camp (in Philadelphia and Austin) with making her a songwriter. She started the band Rank + File with her brother when they relocated to Austin in 2008 (without realizing that there was already a really really cool band with the same name). She takes lessons at The School of Feedback Guitar, is a lacrosse player, a Youth Spinner and loves her cats & dog. Her superpower is the uncanny ability to ignore her younger brother.
Zoe picked up her first electric bass at the age of 8, and she was hooked from her very first low E. When she’s not honing her indie-pop/rock/punk chops on the electric bass, she’s building a classical and jazz repertoire on her beloved upright bass, Anneliese. She gets guidance and lessons from some of the hottest bass players in town including Eric Putnam, Heather Webb, Johnny Vogelsang, Christa Hillhouse, and George Fahlund, which easily explains her superior skills. In addition to all things bass, Zoe plays on her school's Ultimate Frisbee team and designs terrariums and fairy gardens in her spare time. When asked what her life goal was, without missing a beat she stated, "I want to be a bass playing botanist."