Belle-Skinner aka Maria Brosgol is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer from New York. With a hauntingly beautiful, lilting soprano and innate sense of melody she crafts tales of songbirds, sirens and desert nomads - nuanced and layered stories which bridge the gap between past and present. Though her influences cover a broad range of genres - from French chansons and Russian folk to contemporary alt-pop and rock - her voice often draws comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Angel Olsen, and Regina Spektor.
Opening for acts such as Saint Saviour, Bill Ryder-Jones, Joy Ike, Sean Rowe, Mitski, Novelty Daughter, and Winterpills, she has performed at venerated venues like The Linda, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, and the Roundhouse Theatre in London.
In 2015 she was a finalist at the Telluride Troubadour Competition; a showcasing songwriter on the main-stage at Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, CO; a semi-finalist in The 2015 Great American Songwriting Contest; a finalist in July 2016’s SolarFest Songwriter Showcase; and in August 2016 a showcasing artist at MusikFest, the country’s largest free music festival.
In 2013 she was awarded a Maguire Fellowship to study music production in London, where she recorded her first EP, titled Operator. For the past year she has been working on self-producing her second EP, titled We Shut Our Eyes, which was released in November 2016. She currently lives in NYC.
"One of the brightest new songwriters to come along in years"
-Custom Made Music
Winner of The Deli Magazine's NYC Artist of the Month (January 2017)