About the artist
Perhaps the outside patters were what lulled their inside ears into inspiration. Perhaps the echoes against the plaster walls of an empty room made the music from their violin and piano sound all the more beautiful. Maybe it was the careless nature of an unintentional collaboration with no rules --in that particular moment-- that allowed two friends to create what has now become an unrivaled brand of orchestral indie pop music.
Or, perhaps Feather & Belle was born that day in 2010 simply because two friends wanted to create their favorite kind of art. And so they decided to spread their wings.
With respective roots in Minnesota and North Carolina, best friend duo Kelsey Kopecky and Laura Musten both followed their heartbeat to Nashville and landed at Belmont University where they first met. Their friendship was marked by laughter, ice cream for any meal, and a deep love for creating music, and the two were quickly inseparable.
Now, their compelling musical collaboration is not only rooted in deep friendship, but is also characterized by their diverse experiences in the music industry. Before becoming Feather & Belle, Kelsey toured the country singing and playing keys in indie-rock band, Kopecky Family Band, and continues to write and tour with her musical band of brothers. Kopecky Family Band has frequented the stages of CMJ Festival, Bonaroo, and South by Southwest, and has been a featured band on NPR. In addition to her musical contributions, Kelsey’s homemade art and graphic design is featured as both the band’s album artwork and merchandise design.
Laura, on the other hand, quickly emerged as a recognizable studio and performing violinist in Nashville, playing for artists like Brooke Waggoner, Chris Tomlin, Elenowen, Paper Route, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Most notably, she has toured extensively for 2 years with global electronic act, Owl City, and has recorded for many artists including Relient K, Owl City, Deas Vail and Breanne Duren. Her recent string arrangements and recordings are proudly featured on the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Soundtrack with indie band, Sleeping at Last.
Together, Kelsey and Laura as Feather & Belle are an unstoppable pair drawing from a rich well of musical history. After writing songs drenched in lessons from classical music studies that musically agree with the pop sensibilities of Fiest, Andrew Bird, Regina Spektor, or Grizzly Bear, Feather & Belle is now making their debut with an 11 song album in hand, Pockets Run Deep.
This album is in equal parts lovely and haunting, cinematic and thought-provoking, colorful and timeless. Tuning wine glasses to hover over their haunting ballad for jackals, “Zombie”, Feather & Belle present a battle between good and evil told in a 3 movement orchestral composition laced with whispers and wind-chimes. Whether it is the retro handclaps in their Motown influenced tune, “Tennessee Baby”, or lush string orchestration in songs like “Dress”, Pockets Run Deep is truly a visual narrative that showcases the grand nature of these multi-instrumentalist songwriters who have composed songs made to simply make you feel alive.
And so the story of best friends turned band begins. Sunlight is beaming through their windows, and Feather & Belle now have a song to sing to the world. After all, birds of a feather will find a way to flock together.