Bellah is an exciting UK talent. The layered act has been able to navigate the industry in a variety of ways. As a writer, she has crafted songs for the likes of Conducta, Liv Dawson, and Lauren Murray. Elsewhere, the artist has won in her own right, garnering attention from BBC 1Xtra for her single “Never Loved”. As Bellah unlocks her second single “Peanut Butter Hazel” and gears up for her EP’s debut, LØST CULTURE caught up with the talent to find out more about her.

Your single “Never Loved” is reminiscent of 90’s – early 00’s R&B. Who are your top three influences and why?

My top 3 influences are Brandy, Beyoncé and Lauryn Hill.

How did it feel to get support from BBC 1Xtra?

It felt incredible!! ‘Never Loved’ is my first single so to get support like that at such an early stage was amazing.

There’s a lot of conversation about UK R&B right now, what do you think of scene over here and what will your contribution to it be?

I think there are a lot of talented artists in the UK that may be a bit afraid to put out their work because of how it may be received here. I hope I can inspire someone incredible to get over that and do what they love.

How did you get into singing?

My mum put me in theatre schools for majority of my life. So my love for singing came from musical theatre.You write and sing, can you also produce?

I absolutely cannot produce haha. I wish I could though, it looks fascinating.

Do you prefer singing or songwriting and why?

It’s literally 50/50. Depends on how I’m feeling that day. They’re both so important so I don’t think I can choose.

Who is your favourite songwriter and why?

I’ve got a so many!! But just to name a few:

  • Priscilla Renea
  • Bibi Bourelly
  • MNEK
  • Taiwo
  • Nia V
  • PartyNextDoor

How is the recording for your EP going?

It’s finished! Thank God! It was a great experience though.

Do you have a name just yet?

It’s called ‘Last Train Home’.

What are some of your goals for the next 6 months – a year?

Hopefully I can create and release a second project! I really want to make more music, travel and meet even more incredible people.

What is your pet peeve musically?

When someone has a backing track and is still not singing in key. It makes my head hurt. Or when you’ve got a perfect take and logic decides to crash without auto-saving.

Listen to Bellah’s single “Peanut Butter Hazel” here:

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