Chrysta Bell is a singer, songwriter, entertainer, model and muse of David Lynch who incorporates dynamic theatrical and multimedia elements into unforgettable performance experiences.
Chrysta Bell is a singer, songwriter, entertainer, model and muse who incorporates dynamic theatrical and multimedia elements into unforgettable performance experiences. Bell has shared the stage with such talents as Willie Nelson, Brian Setzer, Donovan, and members of King Crimson.
She has had the great pleasure and honor of writing and recording songs with iconic ﬁlm director David Lynch, their collaboration yielding both the haunting ʻPolish Poemʼ from his ʻINLAND EMPIREʼ soundtrack and an 11-song album titled This Train, released through La Rose Noire records.
Chrysta Bell began her professional music career in Austin, Texas, as the lead vocalist for RCA Victor's euro swing act, 8 ½ Souvenirs.
Bellʼs passion project is her band Black Book Angel, formed with ﬁlmmaker and musician Dutch Rall. Black Book Angel is soulful, electro-tinged dream pop, and draws inspiration from such diverse audio and visual inﬂuences as Eurythmics, Ellen Von Unwerth, Serge Gainsbourg, Cocteau Twins, Zbigniew Preisner, Gustave Courbet and Goldfrapp. Chrysta Bell enjoys chilled, unﬁltered sake, vintage gear with glowing lights and thinks that sustainablity is super sexy.
Chrysta Bell is a Texas native singer-songwriter who has shared the stage with such legendary performers as Brian Setzer, Willie Nelson, and Donavon. Bell began collaborating with world renowned auteur David Lynch in 2000. Lynch's surreal epic Inland Empire saw the use of the duoʼs song “Polish Poem,” a classically Lynchian ballad, spotlighted in the ﬁlmʼs closing moments.
Building on their powerful chemistry, the pair reunited last year for Bellʼs debut, This Train. Released on La Rose Noire, the 11-song album was produced and written by Lynch. Evocative of Lynchʼs ﬁlm and television productions — as well as his recent solo debut Crazy Clown Time — the albumʼs dark and airy musical soundscapes conjure a dramatic atmosphere that allows Bellʼs breathy inﬂections and soulful melodies to truly take ﬂight. Lynch adds: “Chrysta Bell is not only a killer performer, she also has a great intuitive ability to catch a mood and ﬁnd a melody thatʼs really spectacular.”
Bell certainly ﬁts Lynchʼs vision of the femme fatale archetype, projecting an on-stage persona that references Julie London, Rita Hayworth and Isabella Rossellini. “She was born to sing and be on stage,” Lynch says of Bell. A recent London performance earned Bell comparisons to Portishead and Massive Attack from the Web site, theupcoming.co.uk, which added that: “Bellʼs on-stage persona propels her to another level entirely.”
Indeed, her ﬁery, multimedia performances around the world have forged true believers in Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Montreal and Austin, Texas, which is not far from her hometown San Antonio. Raised there by her mother, a professional vocalist, and her stepfather, who owned a local recording studio, Bell was singing jingles by the time she was 11 and doing musical theater at 13. She ﬁrst caught Lynchʼs attention years later when she was the lead vocalist of RCA Victorʼs gypsy swing act 8 ½ Souvenirs.
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