Bella Ruse

  • Band / Solo Performer
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Indie, Pop, Rock, Folk and Traditional Cute Rock More...


Columbus OH United States

Sounds Like

Feist, Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor

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Member since: 04/15/2013 Year Founded: 2009


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  • Original material: 02 hrs : 00 min
  • Cover material: 02 hrs : 00 min
  • CDs released: 2
  • CDs sold: 3000
  • Digital songs sold: 2000
  • Original Songs:
  • Average Draw: 50
  • Largest crowd: 500
  • Have sound: No PA


Bella Ruse's combination of airy folk and crunchy pop transforms rooms into secret gardens and paints pictures of invading bombardiers, salty sea love, and super glued hearts. Surrounded by a laboratory of instruments - typewriter, suitcase organ, glockenspiel, and kazoos - singer Kay Gillette's antique voice and Joseph Barker's mournful guitar twist and twirl and dip and dive and carry you deep down the rabbit-hole into their magical musical world.

They've been traveling the country for four years, opening for Sarah Mclachlan, Heart, and Hey Marseilles along the way. Their songs have been used by MTV and Showtime and their most recent album, KUHZOO, spent eight weeks on the CMJ Radio Top 200. They were the Needle in the Haystack artist on and Performer Magazine calls Gillette's voice 'truly unique.'

"This duo makes nothing short of stunningly beautiful minimal rock. It's almost impossible not to be charmed by singer Kay Gillette's warm, intimate vocals." -Pete Kearns, Snobs Music

Theirs is a simple sparse acoustic vibe that intrigues and attracts like a mythological siren of old. Beautiful.
-Thomas Mathie, Headphonaught

It's nice when music can be so simple yet so beautiful. Some of my favorite music this year.
-Shelby Miller, Shifted Sound

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