Belle Plaine is the stage name of Melanie Berglund, a singer/songwriter who was raised on her great-grandparents’ homestead near the hamlet of Fosston, SK. Belle draws from the traditions of country, blues, swing and folk music, while never quite fitting squarely into one category. She’s part charming troubadour, part honky tonk front-woman and part grizzled bandmom. Whether you saw her in your local roadhouse or singing with a symphony orchestra, you know Belle is a storyteller who embodies the heart and soul of the prairies.
Her 2018 album Malice, Mercy, Grief + Wrath drew accolades from Rolling Stone, No Depression and Exclaim. It was awarded Album of the Year at the 2018 Saskatchewan Music Awards and Belle was nominated for Roots Solo Artist of the Year at the 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards.
If Patsy Cline and Blossom Dearie had a love child she would sing like Belle Plaine. Belle’s voice is old timey and jazzy. It has twang, crystal bells and swing. You listen to this voice, and all of a sudden your cheatin’ heart has a very dry martini in hand, and you’re hearing something both timeless and brand new.