Leading up to its release, symphonic rock songstress BELLA D has showcased the prowess of her upcoming full-length album, The Crystal Ceiling, out next Friday, May 13, 2016. Alongside her musical teammate and producer/co-writer/drummer Charlie Zeleny (otherwise known by DRMAGDN and for his work with Dream Theater‘s Jordan Rudess, Blotted Science, Behold the Arctopus and others), BELLA D has created a world of her own with her steampunk-inspired lyrics and haunting melodies.
With the recent release of unforgettable tracks “Invincible”, “End of The World”, “The Crystal Ceiling”, and “There’s No Room For You”, BELLA D and DRMAGDN have already proven the unique songwriting ability within their musical pairing. Kicking it up a few notches, the pair has once again demonstrated their rare talents by taking something amazing and re-interpreting it, as established with their darkened and haunting interpretation of Muse‘s monster hit “Starlight”, out today.
***Listeners should note that “Starlight” is not available on the upcoming album, The Crystal Ceiling, and can only be purchased via iTunes as a single. As of now, BELLA D‘s cover of”Starlight” is charting within the Top 50 on the iTunes New Release Rock Chart. Download your copy of the track here.
BELLA D states, “When we reinvented Muse‘s “Starlight,” the gravity and darkness brought a new and deep meaning to the song. There is longing and sadness in our version of someone desperately trying to find their way home. The song starts small but ends in a musical supernova that triumphantly heralds an epic and exciting future that lies ahead.”
Zeleny (DRMAGDN) adds, “This “Starlight” Remix “Bella D ft. DRMAGDN” arrangement is the ultimate tribute to a favorite Muse song where we reinvented the mainstream original version to make it sound even more epic like other big Muse tracks. There are echoes ofMassive Attack, Dubstep/EDM influences and a huge cinematic sound of full orchestra, rock band, tons of electronics and tons of epic drums. This song is also a product of the future: Not a single member recorded in the same room together and recorded all their parts virtually through the internet.”
After you’ve had the chance to preview “Starlight”, visit iTunes to pre-order BELLA D‘s other upcoming body of work, The Crystal Ceiling. There, you can also purchase the first comic book in the series, following alongside the album concept.
BELLA D‘sCarroll Place NYC CD release party featuring DRMAGDN is only two weeks away, taking place on May 19th. Tickets are selling fast at just $10, so order here and don’t miss this unique chance to witness the dramatic songstress BELLA D live! The show begins at 7:30pm and can be enjoyed by those 21+.
More about The Crystal Ceiling:
The Crystal Ceiling features session musicians known for working with multi-platinum artists such as (but not limited to) Taylor Swift, Blondie, Avril Lavigne, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and David Guetta. Impressively, not one of the musicians on the album aside from BELLA D and DRMAGDN recorded in the same room – this entire album is a true product of the future, utilizing the great power of the internet to craft it. The Crystal Ceilingis chock full of unforgettable, top-notch rock tracks featuring superior production and unmatched musical execution, sure to impress even the most discerning of palates.
The Crystal Ceiling is more than just a concept album – it is born of real life inspiration. The theme of escape from terrible circumstances, surmounting impossible obstacles and overcoming tragedy as a victorious hero is not just a fairy-tale – it’s Christie Oakes’ (the voice behind BELLA D) life story. Midway through the album recording process, Oakes received the terrible news that she had BRCA positive aggressive breast cancer and needed to not only endure grueling high dose chemotherapy, but also have massive surgery to remove both breasts and her ovaries, similar to Angelina Jolie. Since then, her music has taken on a higher stakes/real life-and-death meaning.