About Me

Born and raised in the Detroit area, Kirabelle is a singer / songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist living and loving in Nashville, eternally chasing truth and expression through the medium that connects us all... music.  Her fondness for sampling old songs from the Great American Songbook along with folk favorites adding unique arrangements is evident in her style. "These songs should never be forgotten.  I strive to keep them alive in my music."  Kirabelle infuses her own compositions with elements of folk and jazz utilizing a variety of  instruments - ukulele, banjolele, guitar, cello, fiddle, piano, melodica, mandolin, dulicimer, flutes, whistles, and autoharp.  "It is my great hope to inspire others to research and recognize the glorious treasures left to us by those who've come before, tip our hats, pay tribute, and continue on, re-inventing the musical 'wheel.'" 

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        Kirabelle's rich vocals display a fine sense of pitch and humor, intonation and elegance. Her clean soprano top is balanced by a smooth mezzo/alto sweetness along with her natural ability to scat ala Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.  She has an ear for musical harmony, pure jazz tonality, and natural phrasing which is evident in her live performance on ukuleles, guitar, banjolele, and piano. Kirabelle's vocal style and musical ear has been influenced by the greats: Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Billy Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Doris Day, Jo Stafford, Blossom Deary, and Anita O'Day.  As a singer/songwriter, she has written a range of musical compositions inspired by Folk, Pop, and Jazz artists the likes of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Woody Guthrie, Ricki Lee Jones, John Hiatt, Alicia Keys, Patty Griffin, Natalie Merchant, Ben Folds, Dolly Parton, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Loretta Lynn, Eryka Badu, James Taylor, Chrissie Hynde, and Tom Waits.

         Born into an eclectic musical family of Welsh, Scots, English, and Italian ancestry, including a familial relation to Swing Band legend, Guy Lombardo, and her brother, Kirabelle, along with her brother, a highland bagpiper, was raised on radio, quite literally, a product of this environment joining her mother, a D.j. and program director at a non-commercial radio station.  Her formative years were spent on the other side of the mixing board, sometimes, with her younger brother in tow, adorned with the industry standard of the times:  giant broadcast studio headphones, nearly engulfing her petite noggin. 
         Patiently perched on the edge of her seat, she oft would wait for the opportunity to speak into the microphone for an impromptu PSA or found herself tasked to find an obscure record from the great wall of vinyl.  Her daily diet of musical genres, consisted of all of the four major food groups plus an array of delectable desserts to delight her musical palate to which she gleefully devoured, listening to a diverse sampling of every genre the station and her mum's personal collection had to offer with the likes of Adrian Belew, John Cage, Duke Ellington, Bob Marley, Sarah McLachlan, The Ramones, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Erik Satie, Johnny Cash, Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt, Kate Bush, The Clash, George Bizet, Elvis Costello, Johnny Lang, Cole Porter, The Selector, Van Morrison, Shawn Colvin, Rogers & Hart, CSNY, The Cocteau Twins, Brian Eno, Mozart, The Art of Noise, XTC, Debussy, Billy Bragg, David Sylvan, Windy & Carl, Bob Mould, Kirsty MacColl, Pete Townsend, Ani DiFranco, The Cure, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Muddy Waters, The Chieftains, Patsy Cline, Paul Simon, The Cramps, Billy Holiday, Travis, B.B. King, Suzanne Vega, Laurie Anderson, DEVO, Michele Shocked, Charles Mingus, Bob Dylan, The Stranglers, Bryan Ferry, Joni Mitchell, Pat Metheny, Leo Kotke, Herbie Hancock, Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Lena Lovitch, RunDMC, The The, Miles Davis, Thomas Dolby, T-Bone Burnett, John Coltrane and so on and so forth, quite possibly and very likely in that order on the Alternative Sampler program modeled after the BBC.
Although Kirabelle's musical focus has been rooted in Folk, Swing, and Jazz, every artist or composer within ear shot has either directly or indirectly nurtured her love for all musical genres reflected in her style.
       Kirabelle's 'Wildwood Flower' EP release showcase with Cellist, Josh Dent and Guitarist, Good Lupine premiered in The Pike Room at The Crofoot in Pontiac, Michigan and at The 5 Spot in Nashville, TN.  Through the years, Kirabelle has performed with many of Detroit's fine musicians
, was the featured vocalist in Symphony "pops" concert with Rich Ridenour, opened for Ben Sharkey at Cliff Bells, performed on local television stations, is featured along with swing guitarist, Rob Bourassa in a documentary about the legendary Elderly Music in Lansing, Mi, performed at the Ford Arts, Beats, and Eats Festival and The International Detroit Jazz Festival,  as a vocalist at various jazz clubs around Detroit, most notably, Cliff Bells, along with Baker's Keyboard Lounge, Northern Lights Lounge, Bert's Place, as well as Tallulah's of Birmingham, the Blackhawk Grille in Kalamazoo, The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, The Polish Mission, The Rust Belt Market, The Detroit Institute of Arts, First Mondays at The Henry Ford Museum, The Virgil H. Carr Center, and Andiamo Showplace.      
         These days, you can find Kirabelle, with banjolele, guitar, ukuleles (Baritone, Tenor, Soprano) in hand, either busking and entertaining crowds on the streets of Music City - Nashville, Tennessee - home since May 2012 or performing live at various clubs and cafes around town on a regular basis.  Perhaps, you can catch Kirabelle performing at Myridia in East Nashville, Cafe Coco in Midtown, Goorin Brothers, Drifter's BBQ, LuLu's Coffee House & Cafe in Watertown, The High Watt, The Springwater, 12th & Porter, Mad Donna's, The East Room, The Basement, The Rutledge, Firebreath Records, and the 5 Spot - solo or accompanied by her Cello playing brother from another mother, joshua Dent.  She's also performed at Regions Free Festival at the Schemerhorn Symphony Center, The Bluebird Cafe, Corsair Artisan Distillery, Short Mountain Distillery, and B.B. King's Blues Club.  She's toured and gigged in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Lansing, Kansas City, Memphis, Franklin, Dallas, New Orleans, NYC, Tallahassee, Orlando, Jacksonville, Dallas, Bonita Springs, and
SXSW 2013 and 2014 in Austin, TX with high hopes to tour the UK in 2015.  You can catch her jazz quartet, Kirabelle & The Lullabirds, performing jazz standards with her special arrangements on a regular basis at ACME Feed & Seed in downtown Nashville.
       Kirabelle's original compositions take on a timeless feel and her ear is tuned to creating new arrangements of familiar and less familiar standards and pop songs - especially those from the Great American Songbook.  Her Seven Song Solo EP, 'Wildwood Flower", features her originals plus special cover arrangements. Both the Single and EP are available on iTunes, Bandcamp, and Amazon along with her children's CD, Kirabelle & the Sweet Peas 'Songs for Baby Beans,' with 'Celtic Songs for Baby Beans' soon to be released.

         In addition, a Swing Trio EP: "What About You?" ( with guitarist, Rob Bourassa and cellist, Mike Karoub) is scheduled for re-release and purchase on iTunes.