Bella McKendree, Silver Birch Review
At 11, Bella McKendree started writing songs acapella. Soon afterwards, she added the piano. During this time, she was inspired by the blues and gospel music while starting to record in her dad’s garage-turned- studio. Throughout her teens, McKendree continued to cultivate her style. At 14 she began training in classical singing and at 17, her sister introduced her to the music of Jeff Buckley. She is now releasing her debute LP, Silver Birch, on the heels of her successful 2017 E.P. Waiting. Her new album was recorded at Rak Studios and produced by Sean Hatton (Roo Panes), the album crosses an array of styles: from alt rock (Tori Amos, Wolf Alice) to Indie Folk (Fleet Foxes, Nick Mulvey). With eleven tracks that contains solid songwriting and McKendree’s wonderful singing.
The One I'll Always Love
Baby Let's Fall
Don't You Wanna Be Loved
Night and Day
Caught out in the Rain
Release Date: January 25, 2019
Like Amos, her songs are enlivened with crafty lyrics and honest subjects. Filled with angst and fiery performances, Silver Birch is enlightened.