Isabelle is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from the small North Carolina town of Sims. She found a home on stage at a very young age, and her love of music crosses genres. She performs classical, bluegrass, folk, gospel, Irish, pirate songs, R&B, and pop. She has always loved performing and also loves the challenges and hard work that it takes to do it well.

(Photo courtesy NC Museum of History)

Isabelle was five when she saw Jessy Lynn Martens playing with the Rusty Cutlass band and knew that playing the violin was something that she really wanted to do. Jessy later introduced her to the violin and for a year after that day, she begged her parents to let her take violin lessons. They searched and searched their local area and finally found a teacher which turned out to be exceptional. She took her first lesson shortly after she turned seven and it was the start of a wonderful musical journey.

Music has taken her all over the world to venues small and large from Virginia to Florida and Germany to Italy. Over the years, her passion for the violin has only grown and led to playing other instruments such as guitar, mandolin, ukulele, dulcimer, tenor banjo, and keyboard.

(Photo courtesy NC Museum of History)

Isabelle is currently pursuing her passion and purpose as a high school student studying violin at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and as a performing artist. Her projects include solo work, being a member of multiple bands, and volunteering with Pinecone-Piedmont Council of Traditional Music to share her passion with other young musicians.

For her, music brings joy, light, and life in unique ways, and she wants to share that. “Music brings people together and is an expression of human emotions. I feel that music gives me the power to change the world. Even if it is just a small section of it, or even if it is just one person, I believe that my music can influence the people that hear it. That is my contribution to the world. It is my way of brightening what is around me.”

“I have met so many amazing people and been granted the chance to do so many wonderful things through music. It has been a journey that I would not trade for anything, and I cannot wait to see where it takes me next.”