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About Regina Belle

New Jersey native Regina Belle has established a two decade Grammy-award-winning career on the strength of her beautifully sensuous, deep voice and a collection of hit songs in the Soul, Jazz and, Gospel genres.


Belle grew up singing Gospel and Soul while also playing multiple instruments.  She attended Rutgers University, where she studied both Jazz and Opera. Her big break came when she was introduced to the Manhattans and wound up touring with them and dueting with Gerald Alston on the group's "Where Did We Go Wrong" from their 1986 Back to Basics album.  Both the song (which was produced by Bobby Womack) and her performance were great, and the music industry took notice.


She recorded her first solo LP, All By Myself, the next year, and her deep sultry voice wrapped itself around the opening single, "Show Me the Way," and took it near the top of the Soul charts.  She did even better two years later with the album Stay With Me and the single "Baby Come to Me," both of which hit #1.  Sounding a bit like Anita Baker, but with trendier production and lyrics, Belle continued to chart high over the next several years.

She continued to develop into a solid song stylist over the 1990s and also became a sought-after duet partner, working with Peabo Bryson on "Without You" (from the Bill Cosby movie, Leonard Part 6) and the #1 across the board hit "A Whole New World" (from Disney's Aladdin), and with Kool & the Gang's J.T. Taylor on the smash Soul cut "All I Want Is Forever."


Her 1998 album "Believe In Me" on MCA Records was critically acclaimed and showed her voice maturing nicely.   Not only did she co-write several of the album's eleven tracks, but she also elevated her own celebrated vocal magic to a level even she hadn't known she could reach. "This album is more personal than any other," she says, "because it has more of myself poured into it."

This is Regina was released in 2001 which contains her beautiful duet with Glenn Jones, "From Now On."

In July 2004, Belle released her second Peak CD, Lazy Afternoon, an album of Jazz and Soul standards produced by George Duke.

Regina followed with her first Gospel album, Love Forever Shines (2008).

"Through this album, people will see that I love God, that I love family and that I absolutely love music."


Her fans will be happy to still hear Belle's stylish brand of old school soul imprinted on both the title track and on the humble "Who Touched Me." Belle's remarkable trademark duets are also on hand. This time, the scene's gospel quartet favorite, Melvin Williams, and the contemporary gospel powerhouse, Shirley Murdock, both shine on "Good To Be Loved" and "I Call On Jesus," respectively. Those who appreciate a pinch of jazz won't be disappointed in both the colorful lead vocal and smoky piano accompaniment on "I'll Never Leave You."

Throughout, the lyrics are a call for shelter in a time of storm. As Regina commented, “They come from my own life experiences. So I had to be very active in the writing part of the project. One day I was sitting in a hotel room in Detroit. I was feeling completely alone. So I asked the Lord to show me that He was with me. It seemed that in an instant He began to say, 'I’ll Never Leave You Alone.’ From that moment He began to give me the song so quickly that I couldn’t keep up with writing it as fast as He was giving it to me. My inspiration for this project is simply gratefulness.”

Love Forever Shines offers yet another legitimate reason why Regina Belle will always have an illustrious career.

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