Bella Sun | No Crystal Stair

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No Crystal Stair

by Bella Sun

A great mix of Folk, Funky Soul and Jam Rock.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Can't Tell No Lies
4:48 $1.29
2. Darkness
3:31 $1.29
3. Shakin
5:32 $1.29
4. Days Go By
3:19 $1.29
5. What You Think
4:33 $1.29
6. Rhythm and Blues
4:59 $1.29
7. Passing
9:10 $1.29
8. Candles Burning
3:42 $1.29
9. People
5:03 $1.29
10. Wake Up
5:18 $1.29
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Bella Sun was made up of Valerie June on main vocals. She wrote the words to the songs and also contributed to the melody. Michael Joyner played guitar and wrote most or all of the music. No Crystal Stair was recorded at Easley McCain Studio and Ardent Studio and mixed at Easley McCain studio in Memphis Tn. The album features Hope Clayburn on Alto and Baritone sax and flute.

At first glance, people automatically think reggae music, with Mike and Vals long beautiful dreadlocks, but as they begin to play you realize they are no reggae band. The fusion of classic funk and soulful folk unite to create the soothing sounds of Bella Sun. Since March of 2000, the husband-wife duo has been filling coffee shops and bars with thought provoking lyrics and funky acoustic guitar licks and with the addition of their full band, they have created a sound that has textures of many many types of music.

Valerie's voice has been compared to Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks and Mavis Staples. Her influences range from jazz legends like Nina Simone and folk/soul diva's like Joan Armatrading to recent folk artist like Tracey Chapman. Her lyrics powerfully embrace spirituality and inspire social consciousness. Michael's influences range from old school artist like Woody Guthrie, Fela Kuti, and Curtis Mayfield to new acts like Counting Crows, Elliot Smith and Robert Randolph.

Bella Sun lives in Soulsville U.S.A., Memphis TN where they have been changing the music scene since 2001. With the release of No Crystal Stair they have melted together a sweet sound that includes bass, drums and, cello, flute, guitar, and percussion.



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A totally unique sound
I was amazed by the quality of this cd, both the vocals AND the music. I play #6 over and over again. Their sound is so unique. I heard them on a morning tv show and bought the cd that same morning.

Collected Sounds

Good stuff
Gosh I don't even know how to describe this music. Is it rock? Is it funk? Jazz? Blues? Pop? I dunno. I guess it's a little of each. Which is good.

The songwriting is somewhere in the classic-rock classic folk vibe. Nice melodies, catchy and timeless.

This is a fine recording from a talented duo.

J. M. Simpson

A poetic materpiece with an unforgettable sound
This album was very dynamic. It has a little bit of funk with a whole lot of folk & soul. I especially enjoyed the heartfelt ballads. This artist definitely knows how to tap into human emotion. The lyrics were breathtaking and insightful. This album is a must have.

Laura T Lynch of

Flavorful and original !
Bella Sun's sound is a mix of folk, funk, rock and soul. Valerie pens provocative lyrics that address social and spiritual themes. Both Michael and Valerie cite a diversity of interests and influences that subtly find their way into the Bella Sun mix. 'Darkness' has a funky rhythm layered over a steady guitar groove as Valerie aptly sings lyrics of dark imagery. 'Passing' features a rich, animated acoustic guitar flowing over subtle percussion and Valerie melodically singing intriguing words. 'People' moves along on a catchy, up-tempo beat and guitars as Valerie's varied vocals meld into the mix. Bella Sun's music is a diverse, earthy blend of musical styles that is flavorful and original!