- Bella feature three incredible female
Karen O’Shea, Lyn Bowtell and Kate Ballantyne.
With each girl having her own
individual career and a number of vocal and songwriting awards,
Bella formed pretty much by accident and with enthusiastic
encouragement from fans. They released their first single
“Tumbling Down” around September 2003.
In the short period the girls had been together as Bella and on
the strength of Tumbling Down the girls took out
"Vocal Group of
the Year" at the prestigious
"Golden Guitar Awards 2004" soon
afterwards the video of same reached No1 on Austar's
Around the same time they were approached by major record label
BMG Australia and are currently signed to them.
As a result Bella are now back with a vengeance with the release
of a second single "About A Girl" written by and featuring the
brilliant voice of Lyn Bowtell.
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CD is available in all leading record shops including Sanity,
KMart, HMV and Leading Edge.
Direct link to purchase online
Management, Bookings, Interviews and further information
Doug Trevor Management Phone: +61 2 9999 5722 Mobile 0407 436 220
www.bella.net.au (coming shortly)
- Bella's first single from the
album is now complete and due for release 16th August.
The song......... About A Girl written by Lyn. This song has been
a particularly favourite with our fans and we are very excited to
have as the first single. Also a special little B side tune which
we'll keep a secret at this stage.
The album still due for release 20th September and is sounding
fantastic. Almost finished. Just a few vocals and some overdubs to
do and the master of sound Mr Rod McCormack will work some more of
his musical magic.
Don't forget our Cessnock Supporters show 31st July where we
introduce our new guitarist Andrew Kep. Andrew will
also be acting as support for Bella. As you know our
old guitarist Matt Hanley has joined Wayne Law in Europe for the
next few months promoting Australian Country music.
Look forward to seeing you soon
"Vocal Group of the Year" at the Annual Toyota Golden Guitar
Country Music Awards 2004.
No 1 position for their debut single "Tumbling Down" on Austar’s
Country Music Video Channel (CMC). Individually the girls have a
swag of Vocal and Songwriting awards...
You can catch them in Sydney this coming Friday night...
Friday 19th March 2004. 8.30pm
Second Ave Blacktown NSW
Toyota Golden Guitar Country Music Awards 2004
More BELLA information please visit
- BELLA have released a video
clip of their single "Tumbling Down" It’s receiving high rotation
air play on Austar’s Country Music Channel (CMC) Currently sitting
at Number “2” on the top 20. You can vote for them online at
The girls have become finalist in the 32nd annual Toyota Country
Music Awards of Australia Their popular single "Tumbling Down" has
been successful in the categories of "Vocal Group or Duo of the
Year" and "Best New Talent". The Awards will be held in Tamworth
on Saturday, January 24, 2004.
Karen O'Shea and Billy Bridge have also picked up a nomination in
the 2004 Tiara Awards for Vocal Collaboration with the Julie
Miller song "Forever Has Come to an End" off Billy's CD "POST IT
Three of a kind... simply
BELLA, the new harmony trio of Karen O'Shea, Lyn Bowtell and Kate
Ballantyne, will perform their brand new debut single Tumbling Down
on the National 9 Network TV show "Mornings With Kerri-Anne" this
coming Monday, November 3.
It¹s a rare thing to find a singer with the voice of an angel, but on
Bella¹s debut CD single, the rarity is three times more remarkable.
It was their love of music that brought Karen, Lyn and Kate together
and it¹s music that has cemented the relationship that led to the
formation of Anam Cara (Celtic for soul mate), which has now become
Karen and Lyn are both graduates of the first CMAA Australian College
of Country Music course, and all three have very strong connections
with Australia¹s most prestigious talent search the Toyota Star
Lyn won Star Maker in 1997, Kate in 1998 and in 1999 Karen was a grand
finalist, bringing them to the forefront of Australian country music.
Individually each vocalist shines, but their combined voice brings
many an audience to its feet in sheer delight and appreciation.
All singers with their own solo careers, the three girls decided
earlier this year to try singing together, just for fun, and the
result was an amazingly beautiful harmony sound described as
"spine-tingling" and "nothing short of dazzling".
And the wonderful three-part harmonies are a feature of the
exceptional recording debut which has the musical accompaniment of
Australia¹s ŒA team¹ Mitch Farmer (drums), Jeff McCormack (bass),
Rod McCormack (guitars and mandolin) and Mick Albeck (fiddle).
The Jerry Salley-penned Tumbling Down is a perfect canvas for
Bella's truly amazing sound and is sure to turn more than a few heads
as it makes its way across Australia¹s airwaves in coming months.
Also on the CD, I Can Fly, a song co-written by Karen and Lyn
(simply beautiful to listen to) and the lovely old standard Way
Beyond The Blue, which has been given the Bella treatment with a
The Bella CD is distributed by One Stop Entertainment to record stores
or is available postage paid by calling 1800 649 866.
subject to change (check with venue)
13/11 “Canterbury Country” Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Sydney
05/12 Blacktown RSL (8:30pm)
06/12 Doyalson RSL (8pm)(Tickets available from Club)
07/12 Hexham Bowling Club (8pm)(Tickets available from Club)
14/12 Port Stephens Carols By Candlelight
Tamworth Festival Dates T.B.A.
Name Change for ANAM CARA
Get the CD
Anam Cara will now be officially known as
Reluctantly after a lot of confusion over the name “Anam Cara” a
decision was made
to change it ....hence “BELLA”
BELLA have just released “Tumbling Down” as a debut single off their
NEW 3 track CD.
Produced by Rod McCormack tracks include:
1. Tumbling Down -
Sally / M. Pierce
2. Way Beyond The Blue -
Arranged by - K. O’Shea / L. Bowtell / K.Ballantyne
3. I Can Fly -
K.O’Shea / L. Bowtell ***
*** I Can Fly was originally written by Lyn and Karen two days after
meeting each other. It was picked up by Channel 7 and was included on
the popular TV series "Outback Adventures" It’s been totally
rearranged, re-recorded with third harmony added and is one of their
most requested songs.
Recently BELLA debuted their new single at the Australian Country
Music Achiever Awards in Sydney and received a huge reaction from the
music industry audience.
CD available from the following sources...
BELLA live performances.
Karen O’Shea’s website
(includes Sound Samples)
The BELLA CD is also distributed by One Stop Entertainment to
record stores and is available postage paid by calling 1800 649 866.
Who are BELLA?
the musical collaboration and songwriting talents of three of
Australia’s top female singers Karen O'Shea, Lyn Bowtell and Kate
These stunning singers with awesome voices have already proven
themselves as individual performers. All three have separate
successful music careers and have recorded solo albums, won major
awards and released chart topping singles.
The girls originally from different parts of Australia, the Northern
Territory, Queensland and New South Wales first met at Tamworth’s
Country Music Festival and have remained friends ever since. Each
festival they would meet up, turn up at each others gigs and hop up
and sing harmonies. Some time later Karen and Lyn made the move to New
South Wales and settled on the Central Coast not far from Kate. Each
time the girls got together they would just sing, it didn’t matter
where it was they would just start singing.
People that heard this were riveted by the awesome power, tightness
and complexity of their natural harmonies but most of all by the vibe
they gave out while they were doing it....They LOVE it! They
absolutely love what they are doing and this is what really comes
across on stage when you see the girls live.
The presence of Karen, Lyn and Kate on stage is awesome! Together with
their unique voices and powerful harmonies they create something
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