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The Hero Within

by Belfry

An eclectic cross-genre blend of melodic vocals, intriguing harmonies, sophisticated lyrics, and enchanting melodies to touch your heart and soothe your soul.
Genre: Pop: Delicate
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1. Yesterday's Smoke BELFRY
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2. If I Only Could BELFRY
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3. Caravans of Time BELFRY
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4. Low Down Prowlin' Blues BELFRY
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5. Reflections of Elation BELFRY
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6. Highway of Despair BELFRY
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7. Hiding Places BELFRY
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8. The Hero Within BELFRY
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9. Lady Fool BELFRY
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10. Home That I Love BELFRY
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11. Just One More Love Song BELFRY
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12. Belfry Moon BELFRY
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
As far as we know, BELFRY is the first "internet band." We met on the net, literally. Much of our music started out as "signature themes" for web sites, and grew into the full vocal versions presented here. Most of the group met face to face for the first time to record at Talent 'Live' Studios in Canton, Michigan. Even though we list our composer's site as our home state, our real home is cyberspace, with many states involved across space and time zones. We come from Georgia, California, Texas, Florida, Hawaii, Michigan, and even include an international fan club president in Norway.

All of us who comprise BELFRY feel we've been blessed and lucky beyond measure, not only with our music and the response it has invoked, but also with knowing each other on and off the net. As one of our singers said, "The Net creates lifelong friendships. People who aren't on it can't understand how positive it is." None of us would trade one minute of all the work and the worries, the frolic and the fun. We went in with love and hope, we came back with both increased tenfold.

Like our band itself, our music is eclectic, representing the many sides of real life: hope, faith, laughter, sorrow, despair, and triumph. It soothes, rocks, sings the blues, whispers dreams. It is no genre and all genres, the same way people are, the same way living is. If you find voices in our music that speak to your heart, we could want nothing more. We wish you joy, love, and music, for that is what BELFRY is all about.

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Ladies first and foremost:

The lovely blending harmonies of BELFRY are created by three equally lovely singers. Nadia takes the lead on most of the selections, using her rich alto voice to underscore the mood, whether romantic, melancholic, or nostalgic. Frequently compared to Stevie Nicks,although she denies the vocal resemblance, and occasionally Emmy Lou Harris and Sheryl Crow, Nadia ranges from performing rock in trendy coffee houses to the only female artist at a Beatles tribute. Her eclectic spirit matches BELFRY completely.

Our "glorious angel voice" that soars on The Hero Within, wafts though Caravans of Time, and provides complex harmonies throughout belongs to Amy St.Claire. Amy is a classically trained vocalist blessed with a several octave range, which she uses skillfully to showcase not only herself, but the artists who are proud to work with her. Also the possessor of a wicked sense of humor, Amy claims to be a reclusive shut-in with a fear of cameras who makes a game out of seeing how long she can keep people from realizing she can really sing. Ms. St. Claire required extensive bribes of Belgian chocolate hazelnut hedgehogs to appear in the band photographs. She is now looking forward to our next production, but will not admit to this.

Tracey Madison purrs her way through the bluesy sounds of Hiding Places and Low Down Prowlin' Blues with easy grace and humor. Known in a number of trendy Michigan clubs for her rock/country/blues sounds, Tracey is as at home on the stage as in a sound studio, and has accumulated a following for her dancing as well as her singing. She rounds out the BELFRY trio to perfection.

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Yes, we're BELFRY, but why such a name?

The belfry of the historic cathedral of Rostov-on-Don in the Ukraine contains a carillon of a dozen bells, forged in different parts of Imperial Russia over several centuries. Despite the vast differences in times and places of manufacture, and the wide range of sizes, the tones of the bells blend clearly and perfectly. Marking the hours in the gracious city that is called the "Gateway to all Russia," the bells remain true toned throughout storms and sun. Ringing over the snow covered landscapes and the wide river,they sound bright harmonies into dawn and dusk. This symbol of melodious blending seemed a perfect name for a group brought together across time zones and space by the harmonies they first found in cyberspace.


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The Press has had some nice things to say about us also:

"BELFRY isn't your ordinary band...It came to life on the Internet and has fans as far away on the information Super Highway as Norway...The group met face to face for the first time to record at Talent 'Live' Studios in Canton, Michigan. May's music is very upbeat, Alternative Pop/New Age that doesn't tinkle. If the current interest in the band remains and grows, a second CD is in the works, but if it doesn't happen, the band is still happy: 'We've finally become real-time friends. The rest of this is icing on the cake.' "---Canton Eyewitness---

"BELFRY isn't your ordinary group, and their music defies easy categorization. It's city-sounding music; sophisticated, dreamy, but not sleepy. It's sure to please fans of all ages who like a mellow sound that doesn't bore."
---Stockton Record---

"It's good to see Rick Young, formerly of Teezer, break new ground again as a producer/engineer. His latest project is the first internet band, an Alternative Pop/Country group called BELFRY. The band has a unique sound, and Talent 'Live' has high hopes for them. We wish them the very best and welcome Rick back to the Edge."---Detroit News/Free Press---

Oh, yes, and one last note:

"I'm dumbfounded. They're good. I thought they were going to be a bunch of crapola--sort of an Internet jam session. But the music, the vocals, the words, everything just fits. They're really, really good."--Michigan Community Newspapers reporter who would rather we didn't name him, but who gave all of us a good chuckle!---


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Michigan Mick Friday

Much More Than Just A Sounds Like....
Okay, so they resemble someone famous, or so it goes, and in a way, Belfry does remind of others, but they are much more than that. Comparisons to Sarah MacLachlan and Loreena McKennitt are all well and good here, since musicians have to sound like someone these days to get noticed, but Belfry is definitely in its own place and time. What is incredible about this album is the musical diversity. No two songs on this CD are alike. These women vocalists, and more amazingly, the music and lyrics, move from genre to genre with seeming effortlessness while still maintaining a consistent feel of a unified album. The base here is so good, the songs could easily lose all the electronic underpinnings, live instruments and mastering and still be moving and exciting. Belfry has its own unique voice, and that voice is spellbinding, making the entire mix addictive. An excellent CD I'd recommend to anyone with an ear for the extraordinary.

Red Letter Lady

Stunning new release! Hero Within made me cry.
I like to check out the new arrivals here, and most of them are okay, but nothing special. But this group just blows me away! Perfect voices matched to the songs, and the lyrics are pure poetry. I'd never heard of Belfry before, but I'm willing to bet everyone will very soon!

Karen Wickstrum

Hauntingly bautiful, like a sisterhood of voices singing beautiful words.
I love the songs on this CD. The Lyric's are beautiful and the blending of the voices is amazing. It gives it such a extrodinary quality. The music is uplifting and brings to mind the sisterhood of women. It made me think of a beautiful spring day in Ierland, or dancing at a Renisance faire. It moved me. I love it. I highly recomend it.

George Senton

Nadia is a wonderful perfomer of these excellent songs.
My wife and I have had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Nadia in live performance of Belfry songs (Crystal Moon in particular) which do not appear on this CD, but we do hope will on the next. These selections are also wonderful, as is her perfomance. Nadia's voice is exquisite and the music and poetic lyrics incredibly moving and true to the heart. The soprano on The Hero Within sample brings a lump to the throat. We wish these exciting and positively inspiring performers the best of success!

Stockton Joe

Eminem fans will hate Belfry!
Fans of Eminem and gangsta rap are sure to hate Belfry, who proves that beautiful music coupled with intelligent and sensitive words performed by glorious voices in harmony has more power to move and entertain us than a spew of hatred and filth. They even manage a Gothic turn that is as far from a slasher as Poe from a teen horror flick. Support this band. The world needs more like them!

The Mighty One

Impressive!
Music and lyrics are exceptional. I must say, the improvement from the last CD to this one is impressive. I especially love the title to the CD's first song, "Yesterday's Smoke". Immensely unique, expressive... quite meaningful.

Wolfie

Better and better...
What can I say that hasn't already been said, and better? If you enjoy strong melodic lines, intelligently-written lyrics that speak to the heart, and beautifully-blended voices, then this album is for you. From the angelic harmonies of The Hero Within, to the growling blues of Low Down Prowlin' Blues, to the whining guitar and driving bass of Lady Fool, it's all here.

Shawn Colvin Lover

Someone else who has something to say!
I'm a big fan of Shawn Colvin and Loreena McKennitt because they actually have something to say other than 'Oh I'm so happy and in love' or 'Oh I'm so unhappy and in love' unlike most people out there. These songs cover a myriad of themes and show a real feel for the emotions and longings everyone has. Each of them bring out images in the mind, so its a magical experience.

sillykitten@aol.com

When Can I Buy This?
I thought the cover for this Cd was bad, so I clicked on the page and listened. I want it! It is really good music. But u don't have a link to get it. When will u have it back in?