Violet Bell cites a wide range of influences – from Debussy to Nina Simone, D’angelo to Lou Reed, their unique sound blends folk, soul, bluegrass, blues, and classical. On stage, the energy between Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive. Since forming in March 2016, Violet Bell has played over 250 shows, earning fans from FL to VT with long stretches on the road.
In May 2018, Violet Bell recorded a full-length debut album, Honey in my Heart, at the Fidelitorium in Kernersville with Jason Richmond (Dom Flemons, Steep Canyon Rangers, Nneena Freelon, Avett Brothers). Honey in my Heart is set for international release in early 2019 and features 11 original songs.
Prior to forming Violet Bell, Ruiz-Lopez toured with Jonathan Byrd, Crystal Bright, Steph Stewart, and Chocolate Suede, and composed several original pieces for the Durham Symphony Orchestra. Ross has been a two-time Kerrville New Folk finalist and won Floydfest’s On the Rise contest, a Carolina Music Award, and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council.