Belles and Gals was launched in January 2016 with the aim of promoting female country music. The site has quickly grown and we now feature interviews with some of the top artists within the industry, reviews of a large number of UK based country music concerts and exclusive sessions where we showcase some of the best the industry has to offer.

7758c0_948746ed446e42748a851d66ee6d17ba-mv2Nick Cantwell – Site Founder Hi, I’m Nick, I started Belles and Gals back in January. I’ve been into country music for around 15 years and it would be fair to say that I listen to nothing else! Favorite artists? Too many to mention, but I have a real love for the burgeoning UK scene.

7758c0_d8c1b438c7624d6989cc5459e3ad3ff8-mv2Becky Lawrence – Head Vlogger Hey y’all! I’m Becky and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Belles and Gals team. I wrote my own music blog for just over a year called Music and Manxies where I reviewed many genres of music. I’m also a UK country singer and love everything about the genre! Fancy a little listen? Head over to www.beckylawrence.co.uk

7758c0_285389f9cf0e4101b2aea0bf2ac52db9-mv2_d_1936_1936_s_2Astrid Mjøen – Social Media Manager Hi. I’m Astrid from Norway! I have a huge passion for country music, and I’m proud to have been a part of Team Belles and Gals since the beginning! Excited to handle social media, and to give you video shouts on Twitter daily! Some of my favourite country ladies are Brennen Leigh, Liv Austen and Hannah Rose Platt! Can’t wait to see what’s next for the fastest growing country site in the UK!

7758c0_701e34cbd17f4b1cb47cb7721f08f932-mv2Emma Moore – Moore and More Feature Writer Heyy, I’m so excited to be working with Belles and Gals and bringing new content to the site! I’ll be collaborating with some of the U.Ks finest, writing features and even sharing my musical journey! If you can’t wait for the blogs, you can catch up with what’s been going on so far, and find new music at emma-moore.co.uk xx

The Review Team

7758c0_7339dd7617aa4ffd80b99985012b58a0-mv2Lesley Hastings (Head Reviewer) Hey, everyone, hope you will enjoy my contributions to this fabulous site! Love classic country belles ( Loretta, Dolly) and contemporary gals ( Brandy, Ashley) and am thrilled with the emerging UK talent! Exciting times ahead……xx


nathalieNathalie Larsen Hi y’all! I’m Nathalie, Danish Londoner loving everything to do with country music and the Deep South. I’d have sweet iced tea on a front porch over the hustle and bustle of London life any day! While I got into country through Shania Twain, Taylor Swift’s first album in 04 and Carrie Underwood winning American Idol in 05, these days you’ll find me reviewing and raving about everything from singer-songwriter Americana to southern country rock. 

7758c0_80e3b2d349514173b23aede34184bfbc-mv2Mike Ross I grew up on Loretta, June Carter, Bobbie Gentry, and more. Three years ago, my son got me hooked back into the country scene after a 30 year hiatus (thanks to the incredible Kacey Musgraves). I’m looking forward to sharing some up and coming Belles and Gals from the United States with all of you!

 micLaura Klonowski Hi, I’m Laura I am a music journalist who who has a huge passion for country music. I am extremely excited to be a part of the growing Belles and Gals team and look forward to bringing you the latest country music news. 

Liam Lewis – Hey! I’m Liam. A Chemistry student from South Wales but now living in the midlands. I was first made aware of country through the likes of Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, but I’ve stuck around for the many awesome female artists and the rapidly growing live music scene in the UK. I’m excited to be able to share some of my views and to spread the word of some amazing new artists.

Laura Cooney – Howdy! I’m Laura, a Northern girl living in London. I grew up listening to my dad’s Johnny Cash and John Denver records before making my way to being a full-blown country fan, via the 90s line dancing craze, the Wreckers and the TV series Nashville. I’m thrilled to be part of the Belles & Gals team and to sharing my love of country music with y’all! I also write about country music at my own blog, www.cherrysodablog.com – make sure you check it out 🙂

Katie Louise Ingram – Hey Y’all! I’m Katie a Northern lass from Manchester. I first discovered country music from the days of Taylor Swift and was a massive fan of Carrie Underwood during American Idol, my new fave now being Kelsea Ballerini.  You will usually find me sitting somewhere earphones in blasting a country Spotify playlist getting lost in the track while sipping a Jack and Coke! I’m so excited to join the team at Belles and Gals and get to take my passion of country music that extra bit further and best of all getting to share it with everyone! 

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