new album Honey in My Heart out Spring 2019
OFFICIAL SHOWCASING ARTIST AT AMERICANAFEST 2018
FEATURED oN THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION, Woodsongs old-time radio hour, the boot, & npr’s state of things
2018 p.a.d.a.s. grant recipient for the performing arts exchange
2018 artsplosure oyster house residency artist
2013 and 2012 KERRVILLE NEW FOLK finalist
Featuring 11 original songs, Violet Bell’s upcoming LP Honey in My Heart was recorded with co-producer Jason Richmond (Avett Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Nneena Freelon, Dom Flemons). Honey In My Heart was recorded live in single takes, with no vocal tuning or click tracks.
VIOLET BELL weaves soul, bluegrass, and classical influences with folk-rock roots. Based out of Durham, NC, Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez have played shows from Montreal to Miami since forming in March 2016. On stage, their chemistry is “fiery, intimate, and intuitive,” with “incendiary” multi-instrumentalist Ruiz-Lopez on violin, viola, cello, guitar, and mandolin, and singer-songwriter Ross “channeling the spirit of Eva Cassidy.”
Violet Bell released debut EP Dream the Wheel in 2017, and debut LP Honey in My Heart is set for 2019 release. Honey in My Heart was recorded live with co-producer Jason Richmond (Avett Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Nneena Freelon, Dom Flemons, Bombadil, Shana Tucker).
Violet Bell performs in several configurations, from a duo to a five-piece band. Since forming in March 2016, Violet Bell has been presented at venues and festivals such as Americanafest, WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour, The Center for the Study of the American South, Rooster Walk Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Ocrafolk Festival, the Charleston Bluegrass Festival, the Festival for the Eno, the Beaufort Music Festival, the Burlington Carousel Festival, Campfire Festival, the Haw River Ballroom, and many more.
Violet Bell's outreach efforts include teaching workshops to community and youth organizations in NC and beyond, including collaborations with KidzNotes, The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, The University of Mary Washington, and many more. This passion for education is rooted in a personal history of teaching.
Ruiz-Lopez began performing professionally in 2008 with acts such as Jonathan Byrd, Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends, Sinful Savage Tigers, and Chocolate Suede, and has composed and performed several original pieces for the Durham Symphony Orchestra. Ruiz-Lopez studied Music Performance and Music Education at Florida Gulf Coast University, and has taught with Durham nonprofit Kidznotes since 2010, including collaboration with artists such as Black Violin, Regina Carter, Shana Tucker, Zuill Bailey, Rhiannon Giddens, Sara Caswell, and others. His experience in orchestrating and arranging allows Violet Bell to perform with chamber and orchestral ensembles, expanding opportunities for partnership across the globe.
Lizzy Ross has released three full-length albums of original music under her own name, been a two-time Kerrville New Folk finalist, and won Floydfest’s On the Rise contest, a Carolina Music Award, and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council. Ross studied music and arts entrepreneurship at UNC Chapel Hill, and toured solo and with Lizzy Ross Band from 2009 - 2016.