Artist Spotlight: By The Way Girls
By the Way Girls is a Detroit-based teen group consisting of Ursula Fuller, Darbi Dombrowski and Frankie Bellisario. The girls have different music backgrounds but each brings something quite special to the band. Together they create great pop music with beautiful harmonies and we're excited they've joined the WISM family!
How did the three of you come together to form the band?
Ursula and Darbi met through opera and then we met Frankie through a mutual family friend. From the first time we sang together it clicked.
Your backgrounds are very diverse. What do each of you bring to the group?
Ursula: I come from a very cultured family and we love to immerse ourselves in our different surroundings. I have been singing opera for a long time so that’s why I’m the Soprano of the group.
Frankie: I come from a large Italian family and I consider these girls apart of my family. I have a very unique soulful voice so I am usually the one that loves to do the riffs to give our songs an extra flare.
Darbi: I love speaking in public so a lot of the time I am one doing all the speaking! Also, I love singing alto because I can hit some of those low notes that Frankie and Ursula can’t.
What’s the songwriting process like for the three of you?
The creative process is a group effort. We all think of the ideas that the song is going to be about. We try to find a topic that relates to all of us but that is also uniquely special to one of us. We write our own lyrics and expand off each others ideas.
What is your favorite song to cover and what makes your rendition different?
We love to cover “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” We do a really cool acoustic arrangement with a mix of the original version. Every time we sing it we always hear people say that it’s one of the coolest renditions they have heard of that song.
The three of you have theater backgrounds. What is your favorite Broadway Show and why?
Darbi: My favorite is Broadway Show is Wicked. Ever since I was a little girl I have been obsessed with The Wizard of Oz so the first time I saw Wicked I fell in love. I have seen the musical six times now and want to go see it again!
Ursula: I love Chicago and West Side Story. I love the music in each show and I would love to play Roxy if only I could dance!!
Frankie: My favorite Broadway Musicals are Les Miserables and Wicked, my dream role is to play Elphaba!
Shameless plug: What would you like our readers to know about the band?
We want readers to know that we are best friends and we complement each other because we are unique in our own ways. We write all of our music and it is important to us that are songs are relatable for everyone.