Callaghan Belle

FRESH: ‘Sleepwalking’ – Callaghan Belle

Callaghan Belle goes “Sleepwalking”

LA-by-way-of-Detroit producer, singer and songwriter Callaghan Belle is releasing her new single “Sleepwalking” today. The single is the latest in a series of new songs that show the young artist embracing a confident and compact pop aesthetic following an eclectic career that’s so far included self-producing an acoustic EP, “Sovereign”, in 2019 and her work as a behind-the-scenes pop industry songwriter and producer which includes collaborations with JoJo and Colbie Caillat.

All her best impulses and experiences are at play in “Sleepwalking,” which is equal parts billowing and anthemic, built around expansive drum swells which rattle through the sweeping dynamic range of the song. The focal point is Belle’s exceptional vocal, which takes cues from any of the silkiest standout pop performances of the last ten years, evoking Justin Timberlake as easily as Ariana Grande.

“‘Sleepwalking’ is about the denial phase of heartbreak” Callaghan explains, “That moment when you first wake up in the morning and you don’t remember you broke up. The song is metaphorically extending that brief moment of blissful ignorance. It’s trying to live there for as long as possible. For me, the lyrics depict wandering through a ghost town of memories, going through the motions of an old relationship”. “Sleepwalking” follows “Run Into You,” released in April as the first in this slate of new music from the singer-songwriter, which is still resonating and drawing a steady stream of listeners even two months later.

The new single’s are as much a fresh start as they are the product of a lifetime’s work for the young artist, who wrote her first song at age eight and signed her first record deal in high school. At age 15 she did her first co-write with Colbie Caillat for the GRAMMY® nominated singer’s Christmas album; more recently she’s been known for her collaborations with The Newton Brothers in their film scoring work, where she’s co-written featured songs for Netflix exclusive films including 2017’s ‘The Bye Bye Man’ and 2018’s ‘Extinction’, the latter of which was performed by JoJo, one of Belle’s childhood musical inspirations.

Callaghan’s new work, as ever, angles the empowerment, intimacy, and edginess of a self-produced artist while still embracing the collaboration of a small team of close confidantes and showing some serious professional studio chops. The result is a polished, radio-ready sound which is nonetheless brimming with her own spirited, funny personality and energy in a way that’s only possible in the directness of this intimate farm-to-table production style.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!