The Local 303: artists from Colorado we present for November 2021
Hometown: Denver, CO
Last version: “Just a Dreamer” (Single), Street Lamp Records, September 12, 2021
Pronouns: She she
On: Isabelle Fries just might spark emotions you never knew you had. With her dynamic performance, soulful intonation and eloquent songs, the Australian-born, Denver-based singer, songwriter, humanitarian and activist approaches pop with jazz fluidity and an alternative touch. After independently amassing over 2 million streams and 1 million views on YouTube and receiving accolades from Perez Hilton, 303 Magazine, 5280 Magazine, Bongmines Entertainment, TuneCore’s New Music Friday, and more, she continues to inspire listeners. to speak on a series of 2021 singles.
âMusic makes you feel things that you never thought you could feel,â she says. âA song will resonate with everyone in a different way, but it will mean something. Personally, I need this to be a release and a reminder that I can feel – and it’s not something I’m ashamed of. Coming from this place, I will always make music just because I like it.
She developed this love for music as a child. After leaving Australia for the United States, his family moved to Colorado. At the age of four, she absorbed her parents’ passion for classic rock. She listened to Kelly Clarkson daily on her personal boombox before finally embracing Prince, The Lumineers, The Head and The Heart, The Beatles, Queen, Amy Winehouse and her âall-time favorite artistâ Elton John. At age seven, she took singing lessons (she has the same singing teacher to this day!) And “never stopped singing” from that point on. In addition to performing in the school choir and at dinner parties or charity events, she perfected her voice by singing in the car thoroughly on “Let It Be,” “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me âorâ Take Me Home, Country Roads â(of which she even has a tattoo!).
âDriving is a big escape for me,â she continues. âWhen I was in high school I would know exactly what song I needed right now and blow it up. This is how I know if I like the song to this day.
Along the way, she excelled in the pool, becoming a five-time state swimming champion and breaking dozens of records. Additionally, she has been certified by the Michael Phelps Foundation as part of their IM and Water Safety training program which is implemented in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
While studying at the University of Southern California, she studied voice with Adriana Baltic, a renowned backing vocalist and keyboardist for P! NK. Most importantly, she began working with GRAMMYÂ®-winning multi-stage producer and mixer Rob Chiarelli and co-writers The Highfields and Seth Baer on various singles. âSpinningâ has amassed over 180,000 Spotify streams, while âEvery Timeâ has generated over 203,000 Spotify streams. She contributed to âWinter Daysâ as the title song of the Hallmark Channel film A Royal Winter and even opened for country superstar Eric Church. In addition, she won two awards at the Hollywood Music Awards, including “Best Holiday Song” and “Best Female Voice”. She also managed to star in 38 theatrical productions and eventually starred in A Child’s Christmas In Whales and A Child’s Christmas In Whales-Revival with award-winning actor William Youmans and in The Wild Hunt written and directed by the iconic star. Bill Pullman. . In school, she not only honed her voice, but also earned a minor in Spanish and a second minor in nonprofit humanitarian and philanthropy.
After graduating from USC, she returned to Denver and began teaching in college between releasing new songs. His 2021 single “Shine Through The Rain” represents another vocally and lyrically evolution. Over tense piano accents, her voice resonates with raw power straight from the heart. Perez Hilton described him as “strong and bossy” and went so far as to say: “Isabelle inspired us”.
“It’s an authentic representation of who I am,” she admits of the song. âIt’s more personal for me. It’s about how my life is a constant balancing act. I have horrible phases where I feel like I’m going around in circles or running in place, and I can’t stop just doing the movements. You can get away with it though. This is the message. It comes down to persistence and dedication to yourself.
Likewise, she wholeheartedly devotes herself to much more important causes. After her first trip to Uganda to volunteer for the Global Livingston Institute at the age of 15, she started the Bulamu Raise Your Voice Community Foundation, which introduced programs (not only academic but also athletic and musical) in Ugandan schools spearhead recycling programs. , and teaches water safety. Since drowning remains the number one killer in Lake Bunyoni, she taught children and adults to swim, working specifically with adults to keep classes going and reduce the number of drowning deaths. Working with the Global Livingston Institute to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS prevention as an Ambassador and Board member, she also graced the stage of their annual iKnow concert series alongside Stelth Ulvang by The Lumineers. At the event, which was attended by 30,000 people, thousands of participants received HIV testing and medical treatment.
Ultimately, Isabelle allows everyone to feel whatever she does.
âI am a very vulnerable person and full of emotions,â she concludes. âI try to put my energy into things that are bigger than me. I am a humanitarian, an educator and a musician. When you listen to me, I hope you can get everything you need from my music.
Musicians who inspire: Prince, Amy Winehouse, The Lumineers, The Head and The Heart, Queen and her âFavorite Artist of All Timeâ Elton John
And after? Isabelle can’t wait to perform live with her band again, but will take a short recording break to focus on her nonprofit and humanitarian work.