Review Fix Exclusive: Callaghan Belle Talks ‘Dear Detroit’ And More

Review Fix chats with singer/songwriter Callaghan Belle, who discusses her new single, “Dear Detroit” and more.Review Fix chats with singer/songwriter Callaghan Belle, who discusses her new single, “Dear Detroit” and more.

Review Fix: How did you get involved in music?

Callaghan Belle: When I was really young, I’d write a couple songs every day. I didn’t realize there was anything unusual about a little kid writing music. I’d say my first professional experience in the industry was singing background vocals for Bob Seger. I was around 10 years old— and the memory will forever be one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments that’s blurred by little kid brain. [Laughs] For example, instead of being star struck, I remember trying not to laugh while we were recording and wondering what snacks we were going to have after the session. When I was in high school, I signed my first record deal. I’ve been working professionally as a songwriter ever since.

Review Fix: What performers inspire you the most?

Belle: In general, I’m inspired by powerful female artists who are unapologetically themselves. I also love when an artist makes a comeback. Stubborn, bold hearts are so vital to this industry. My list of influences runs long— The Beatles, Lana Del Rey, Kelly Clarkson, JoJo, The Pretty Reckless, Troye Sivan, Dolly Parton, Led Zeppelin, Aly & AJ…

Review Fix: What’s on your musical bucket list?

Belle: If we’re really reaching for the stars here: Being nominated for a Grammy. 

Review Fix: Goals for 2019?

Belle: To release my first EP, Sovereign, this summer. And to finish up my second EP. It might be a bit ambitious to release both this year, but I’m going to try.

Review Fix: What inspired Dear Detroit?

Belle: I wrote “Dear Detroit” a few years ago before moving to Los Angeles. The backstory came from a meeting I had at The Beverly Hills Hotel— Picture me as this wide-eyed teenager in a sundress, while a man in a suit goes on and on about how my music should be “more about guns.” It was pretty unpleasant. [Laughs] But it inspired me to write about the internal battle we all face when we move away from home. So ultimately the song is about feeling homesick for a sense of belonging whether that stems from a person, a place, or an emotion. 

Review Fix: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you?

Belle: It’s dark pop that tells a story. It’s emotional and vulnerable—centered around coming into your own power.

Review Fix: Bottom line, what makes you special?

Belle: My vulnerability. Growing up, I felt way too much. According to my friends, I’ve had experiences that “don’t even sound real.” [Laughs] But I’ve learned to take those circumstances and make them into art. I want to help others find a way through their own feelings. 

Review Fix: What next?

Belle: I would love to tour! Being an opening act in an intimate venue sounds like a magical experience right about now. From there, hopefully getting to put on my own show someday.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of ReviewFix.com and is the author of the book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late Examiner.com. He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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