Getting to know the artists. In this case, the Sirens: Andree Belle and Molly Miller


Fabulous little video about one of my favorite musical duos, the Sirens,
featuring Andrèe Belle and Molly Miller.

If you're in Los Angeles, you can catch them at the Hotel Casa Madrona (Santa Monica) and Perch (Downtown LA). Call for dates and times.

Their music is filled with heart, soul…and mambo! Check out what they have to say about it.


Seriously, I wasn’t in a holiday mood until I heard Andree Belle sing SANTA BABY…

Andree BelleIt's been a bah-humbug week. If the weather weren't so beautiful, I think I'd be even further down in the dumps. My Grinchy demeanor was even getting on The Hub's nerves: he who is the Cheeriest Man Alive, the mayor of all personkind, as it were.

His attempts to play holiday cuts by Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, and James Taylor were all vetoed by me. Then he begged me to hear just one. "Trust me, you'll love it."

He was right.

And you will, too:

Santa Baby, by Andree Belle, is my little gift to you.

You can hear more of this sultry songtress here…


With love,

— Josie


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Forget about AMERICAN IDOL. Tonight the best singing is on 90210

AndreeBelle In the music industry, the most satisfying career experiences don't happen overnight. It is a long haul over time, with a lot of craft study, bad experiences, missed opportunities—

And lucky breaks.

I can't sing worth a flip, but my sister, Darien, can certainly carry a tune, and as we say in the South, "the nut don't fall far from the tree." In her case, her wonderful daughter, Andree Belle, was blessed with Dee's talent gene and is making the most of it in one of the hardest music markets to crack: Los Angeles.

In the few years she's been there, (1) she's gotten her degree in Music, emphasis on Jazz, at the renowned USC, paying her way through school by waiting tables; (2) worked in the music department at talent industry titan William Morris; gotten a steady gig at Nic's Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills; and (4) and networked with a community of wonderful talented jazz musicians, many of whom you can hear on her debut album, M.U.S.I.C, which you can purchase directly from iTunes

And because she's so upbeat about her journey — and of course, because she's so talented — others are drawn to her, like moths to a warm, glowing flame.

Even the guy that runs her local boite, Indie Coffee & Tea, in NoHo. She drops off copies of her CD there, and he sells it on consignment. (You can hear some of the cuts on her Facebook page, here. Just scroll down on her left sidebar.) The dude was so impressed with it that he recommended it to a music scout who was looks for a fresh new voice, and great catchy songs.

Turns out the Indie Coffee dude turned the scout onto a winner.

You'll be hearing that song, VARIETY PACK, on tonight's episode of 90210 ("Clark Raving Mad", 3/30/10; It runs on the CW, at 8pm ET & PT/7pm Central.)

The song is fun. It's sexy. It's naughty, yet oh so innocent. Best of all, it's original.

In other words, it puts the (Sugar) pop in pop music.

Sadly, something that AMERICAN IDOL hasn't done in a while.

Ironically, 90210 runs up against AMERICAN IDOL on tonight's TV schedule. But let me ask you something super important, at least as it pertains to pop culture history:

Would you rather watch another hour of tired, lackluster amateur performances that even Simon Cowell can no longer stomach ("Will someone puhleeze get me off this reality show?"), or do you want to say you were THERE, listening to VARIETY PACK for the very first time?

Because this TV event will be the new millennium equivalent of then unknown artist Vonda Shepard's
, "Searchin' My Soul " on ALLY McBEAL

I'm just sayin'.

But it's your call.

90210 is nostalgic for a whole generation (make that Gen Y). And perhaps the 2.0 version hasn't caught the zeitgeist of the original, but that doesn't matter. Because tonight 90210 won't be about Naomi or Navid, or Adrianna or Dixon.

It'll be about Andree — someone who leads the real (as opposed to reality TV) life of musician-singers in this day and age.

Every now and then, that means a break that can lead to a satisfying career.

A star is born,


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Andree says: “It’s time to party…”


If you're in Los Angeles this Sunday, March 7th, and somehow your Oscar invitation got lost in the mail, wipe away those tears because you deserve to be somewhere much more fun than a pity party.

How about a birthday party?

My niece, Andree Belle, is throwing the biggest public shindig ever. Let's just call it "Andreepalooza" because it's got a nice ring to it.

Or, as she puts it:

"This night is going to be filled with SOUL / LATIN / FUNK DELICIOUSNESS! Join as we celebrate my BIRTHDAY and the beauty that is your life! If you've missed out on the M.U.S.I.C this is the one u must attend!

Giving u expansion, supreme love energy, and something to shake your sexy ass to with musical geniuses: Andre De Sant'anna, Bryan Velasco, Matt Roberts, Leo Costa, Christian Gamez, Alberto Lopez, and special guests!

Also performing are the incredibly gifted MUAMBA (Brazilian funk goodness) and R&B sensation Kandace Lindsey!

See you there! OOOOH I can't wait! Besos!"

Like her aunt, she has no brevity of words.

And a SUPER voice.

In fact, here's just one sample of her music. If you like it, you can
buy it online at CDBaby:

Andree Belle – Variety Pack
Found at bee
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Or hear first hand, at Zanzibar
1301 5th Street Santa Monica CA at 8:30pm, Sun 3/7/10.

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Forget Celebrity Navel-Gazing: Now We Can Look at Jessica Simpson’s Ear Wax

JessicaSimpsonEarWaxHere's a new low in celebrity navel-gazing:

Watching the built-up wax dissolve from Jessica Simpson's ear.

Okay you've got to give the girl credit: she'll do anything to stay in the limelight.

Frankly, I wish she'd work on her singing career. She still has one, right?

Painters paint. Writers write. Singers sing.

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Case in point: Andree Belle is one little honey who is working HARD as a jazz vocalist. If you live in LA, you're lucky, because you can hear her most weekends at Nic's Martini Bar, in Beverly Hills. 

And guess what? Her song below, VARIETY PACK, will be showcased on the TV show BEVERLY HILLS 90210 on Tuesday March 30, 2010 The CW). Be sure to watch! You won't want to miss it!

In fact, here's just one sample of her music. If you like it, you can buy it online at CDBaby:

Andree Belle – Variety Pack .mp3
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Full disclosure: I am blessed to have this sweet, beautiful songbird as my niece.

Now do your own thing,


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Andree Belle Sings “Variety Pack”

Andree_belle_in_whiteOne of the best jazz singer/composers residing in LA happens to be Andree Belle. Her latest creation is this sultry piece called "Variety Pack".  Men want variety, eh?  Well, this gal delivers….

Check it out here:
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Oh yeah, and I'm her VERY PROUD Aunt….

No CoCo Puff,