Chrysta Bell(her first name and full professional moniker) is a performing artist, recording artist, and actress who incorporates dynamic theatrical and multimedia elements into unforgettable performance experiences.
During her musical career, she has performed in over 30 countries and shared the stage with musical legends such as bass player Nathan East, guitarist Michael Thompson, guitarist and producer Adrian Utley(of Portishead), superstars Willie Nelson, Brian Setzer and Donovan, as well as members of King Crimson and Yes.
Bell has had the great opportunity to write and record songs with iconic film director David Lynch, their collaboration yielding both the haunting "Polish Poem" from his INLAND EMPIRE soundtrack and the critically acclaimed album This Train released in 2011.
Lynch, Chrysta Bell and Dean Hurley have recently completed an EP of new material, set to be released in 2016. Chrysta Bell is scheduled to record her second full length album in Bristol, UK, in January of 2016 with celebrated producer(PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius), composer and multi instrumentalist John Parish.
Chrysta Bell began her professional musical career in Austin, Texas, as the lead vocalist for RCA Victor's euro swing act, 8 ½ Souvenirs. She is currently writing songs for the upcoming album with songwriting partner Christopher Smart and continues to perform with her band in clubs, theaters, private events and on festival stages around the world. Check the tour dates on this site for more information about upcoming live performances.
Chrysta Bell likes chilled, unfiltered sake, vintage gear with glowing lights and thinks that sustainability is super sexy.
"...dreamy and torrid, smokey and tortured... performed with grinding finesse..." - Rolling Stone
"... a muse of higher order, a cool siren with a stunning voice of rare dramatic power and range." IRISH TIMES
"...rhythms are designed to ensnare, and Bell's voice always sounds as if it's emerging from smoke." LA TIMES
- (London. Bush Hall) "...comparisons with Portishead and Massive Attack could certainly be drawn. The dark and fiery guise of Lana Del Rey also came to mind. However, it became evident last night that Bell’s on-stage persona propels her to another level entirely." - The Upcoming
- "Chrysta Bell looks like a dream and Chrysta Bell Sings like a dream. And the dream is coming true." - David Lynch