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New Orleans Artist Maggie Belle Debuts Music Video for Newest Single “Starting Anew”

Maggie Belle

The title track from Maggie Belle’s new album aims to bring light out of dark times. Watch the new music video for “Starting Anew” below.


Maggie Belle recorded her debut album while simultaneously working as an ICU nurse during a global pandemic. The New Orleans-based artist says the album, Starting Anew, was an effort to bring light and hope out of an otherwise taxingly dark time. This week, the duo launched the title track’s music video.

“Starting Anew” began as a poem. The airy track discusses love both lost and gained. A self-described “multi-meaning anthem” for Belle – who experienced mental, physical, and emotional hardships while working through the COVID-19 pandemic – the track explores our ability to persevere and come out with a new mindset.

“Working on this album during the pandemic gave me an outlet to overcome the pain, sadness, and fear I experienced on a day-to-day basis as an ICU nurse,” Belle said. “This music has brought me so much healing and has allowed me to care for and comfort my patients and their families in the darkest of days, and I hope it does the same for all who listen to it.”

The video for “Starting Anew” was filmed in New Orleans at Richard Street Studios. The video also featured an all-local crew, from director to production designers, photography, makeup, choreography, and more. Belle’s team also notes the video wouldn’t be possible without the Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

“Starting Anew” – Maggie Belle

To celebrate the video’s launch, Maggie Belle gave a special live performance at DBA on Frenchman Street. A true hometown affair, the show opened with Louisiana folk artist Sabine McCalla, followed by Belle’s full band that featured keys, bass, drums, and horns.

Debuting earlier this yet, Starting Anew the album was released under Houston-based Splice Records and recorded at Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana. Eric Heigle of Arcade Fire and Lost Bayou Ramblers produced the record. Gaining inspiration from blues legends Nina Simone, Billy Holiday, and Dinah Washington, as well as Motown, R&B, soul, and pop, Belle’s sultry, distinctive voice and heartfelt lyrics create a unique sound all her own.

Stream Starting Anew by Maggie Belle on Spotify now.

New Orleans mystic with a love for love. Writer, yogi, explorer, tune chaser. A wild haired moon child just trying to figure it out. Find me @thelocalmystic and at www.thelocalmystic.com

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