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Belly formed in 1991 after Tanya Donelly left the critically acclaimed Throwing Muses, which she’d founded with her stepsister Kristin Hersh while they were both still in high school. Just prior to leaving the Muses, Tanya co-founded The Breeders as a side project with Kim Deal of The Pixies, but soon realized she needed more space to pursue her own fractured-fairytale alternative-pop-rock song-writing vision.

Tanya recruited Fred Abong to play bass (he had played on her final Muses album), and brothers Chris and Tom Gorman- friends from her native Rhode Island- to play drums and guitar, respectively. The band immediately got to work rehearsing and demoing the material that would eventually become Belly’s debut album, Star. Star was recorded in two sessions, the first in Nashville, with engineer Tracy Chisholm, the second in Liverpool, England, with producer Gil Norton.

Just before the release of the album on 4AD/Sire/Reprise in January 1993, Abong left the band and was replaced by music scene veteran and hard-rocker Gail Greenwood.

By turns dreamy, creepy, jaggedly delicate and melodically expansive, Star was propelled by the single “Feed the Tree” to gold-record status in the US, earning two Grammy nominations and eventually selling two million copies worldwide.

Belly spent more than a year of nearly nonstop touring for Star, performing throughout the US, UK, Europe, Australia and Japan, with opening bands that included The Cranberries and Radiohead. The band also opened for U2 and the Velvet Underground at the Hippodrome in Paris.

In the summer of 1994, Belly began writing and rehearsing for their sophomore release. Produced by the legendary Glyn Johns and released in February 1995, King was a more ‘rock-oriented’ and live-sounding album, reflecting the band’s experience of hard touring that preceded it, as well as Johns’ minimalist production style. Stripped down and direct, King dispensed with much of the layering and idiosyncratic charm that had characterized Star.

Another extensive tour followed the release of King, with dates opening for R.E.M. in Europe, and U.S. dates supported by the Catherine Wheel and Superchunk.

Alas, King didn’t meet record-label sales expectations. Falling prey to the all-too-common rock-and-roll cliché of industry pressure, financial issues, personal conflict and divergent creative ambitions, Belly disbanded without ceremony on Nov. 11, 1995, after playing the final show of the King tour at The Dragonfly in Los Angeles.

Tanya went on to pursue a solo career, continuing to perform internationally and, to date, releasing four albums under her own name: Lovesongs for Underdogs (1997), Beautysleep (2002), Whiskey Tango Ghosts (2004) and This Hungry Life (2006). In recent years, she has self-released a stream of digital EPs known as The Swan Song Series, an expansive collection of collaborations with some of her favorite musicians and authors. The entire series is to be released on CD and vinyl in 2016 by American Laundromat Records. Tanya lives in Boston with her husband, musician Dean Fisher (the Juliana Hatfield Three), and their two daughters, and works as a postpartum doula.

After Belly, Gail spent three years playing in L7, followed by two years as touring bassist for pop-punk artist Bif Naked. Since 2002 she has performed with her partner Chil Mott in the metal-inflected power-punk band Benny Sizzler. She lives in Rhode Island, where she and Chil run a graphic design business and are active in anti-sprawl efforts and lobbying for land conservation. They share their home with Bear and Maurice, trained therapy dogs who perform in libraries and nursing homes, star in Benny Sizzler videos and have been featured on the PBS Kids’ show “Martha Speaks.”

Not long after Belly called it quits, Chris moved to New York City and opened a studio to pursue commercial and fine-art photography. He’s also designed and built several restaurant spaces, a yoga studio and his own surf shop. In 2015, he published his first children’s book, Indi Surfs. Chris lives near the beach on Long Island with his wife, two kids, two cats, a dog and a fish named Godzilla.

Tom briefly played guitar and keyboards with Buffalo Tom after the breakup of Belly, toured with Kristin Hersh in 1999 and eventually moved to New York City, where he joined Chris in the commercial photography business. He now splits his time between New York City and rural upstate NY, where he and his wife are implementing permaculture design on their small farm. They are also active in the fight against fracking and the expansion of fracked-gas pipelines and infrastructure- in their small town and everywhere.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Belly?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Belly for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Belly, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Belly or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Belly?

    Booking fees for Belly, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Belly, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Belly?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Belly for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Belly for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Belly or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Belly or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Belly

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Belly Biography

Belly formed in 1991 after Tanya Donelly left the critically acclaimed Throwing Muses, which she’d founded with her stepsister Kristin Hersh while they were both still in high school. Just prior to leaving the Muses, Tanya co-founded The Breeders as a side project with Kim Deal of The Pixies, but soon realized she needed more space to pursue her own fractured-fairytale alternative-pop-rock song-writing vision.

Tanya recruited Fred Abong to play bass (he had played on her final Muses album), and brothers Chris and Tom Gorman- friends from her native Rhode Island- to play drums and guitar, respectively. The band immediately got to work rehearsing and demoing the material that would eventually become Belly’s debut album, Star. Star was recorded in two sessions, the first in Nashville, with engineer Tracy Chisholm, the second in Liverpool, England, with producer Gil Norton.

Just before the release of the album on 4AD/Sire/Reprise in January 1993, Abong left the band and was replaced by music scene veteran and hard-rocker Gail Greenwood.

By turns dreamy, creepy, jaggedly delicate and melodically expansive, Star was propelled by the single “Feed the Tree” to gold-record status in the US, earning two Grammy nominations and eventually selling two million copies worldwide.

Belly spent more than a year of nearly nonstop touring for Star, performing throughout the US, UK, Europe, Australia and Japan, with opening bands that included The Cranberries and Radiohead. The band also opened for U2 and the Velvet Underground at the Hippodrome in Paris.

In the summer of 1994, Belly began writing and rehearsing for their sophomore release. Produced by the legendary Glyn Johns and released in February 1995, King was a more ‘rock-oriented’ and live-sounding album, reflecting the band’s experience of hard touring that preceded it, as well as Johns’ minimalist production style. Stripped down and direct, King dispensed with much of the layering and idiosyncratic charm that had characterized Star.

Another extensive tour followed the release of King, with dates opening for R.E.M. in Europe, and U.S. dates supported by the Catherine Wheel and Superchunk.

Alas, King didn’t meet record-label sales expectations. Falling prey to the all-too-common rock-and-roll cliché of industry pressure, financial issues, personal conflict and divergent creative ambitions, Belly disbanded without ceremony on Nov. 11, 1995, after playing the final show of the King tour at The Dragonfly in Los Angeles.

Tanya went on to pursue a solo career, continuing to perform internationally and, to date, releasing four albums under her own name: Lovesongs for Underdogs (1997), Beautysleep (2002), Whiskey Tango Ghosts (2004) and This Hungry Life (2006). In recent years, she has self-released a stream of digital EPs known as The Swan Song Series, an expansive collection of collaborations with some of her favorite musicians and authors. The entire series is to be released on CD and vinyl in 2016 by American Laundromat Records. Tanya lives in Boston with her husband, musician Dean Fisher (the Juliana Hatfield Three), and their two daughters, and works as a postpartum doula.

After Belly, Gail spent three years playing in L7, followed by two years as touring bassist for pop-punk artist Bif Naked. Since 2002 she has performed with her partner Chil Mott in the metal-inflected power-punk band Benny Sizzler. She lives in Rhode Island, where she and Chil run a graphic design business and are active in anti-sprawl efforts and lobbying for land conservation. They share their home with Bear and Maurice, trained therapy dogs who perform in libraries and nursing homes, star in Benny Sizzler videos and have been featured on the PBS Kids’ show “Martha Speaks.”

Not long after Belly called it quits, Chris moved to New York City and opened a studio to pursue commercial and fine-art photography. He’s also designed and built several restaurant spaces, a yoga studio and his own surf shop. In 2015, he published his first children’s book, Indi Surfs. Chris lives near the beach on Long Island with his wife, two kids, two cats, a dog and a fish named Godzilla.

Tom briefly played guitar and keyboards with Buffalo Tom after the breakup of Belly, toured with Kristin Hersh in 1999 and eventually moved to New York City, where he joined Chris in the commercial photography business. He now splits his time between New York City and rural upstate NY, where he and his wife are implementing permaculture design on their small farm. They are also active in the fight against fracking and the expansion of fracked-gas pipelines and infrastructure- in their small town and everywhere.

Belly Videos

  • Belly - Feed The Tree (Video)

FAQs on booking Belly

  • How to book Belly?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Belly for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Belly, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Belly or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Belly?

    Booking fees for Belly, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Belly, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Belly?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Belly for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Belly for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Belly or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Belly or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Belly is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Belly for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Belly generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Finish Ticket, Sloan, Kings of Chaos, Lake Street Dive and Cassadee Pope. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Belly for an upcoming event.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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