Regina Belle

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Regina Belle
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Background information
Birth nameRegina Belle
Born(1963-07-17) July 17, 1963 (age 50)
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresR&B, jazz, gospel
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, record producer
Years active1986–present
LabelsColumbia (1986-1996)
MCA (1997-1999)
Peak / Concord (2000-2005)
Pendulum / W.D.E. (2008-present)
Websitewww.myspace.com/msreginabelle
 
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Regina Belle
Regina Belle.jpg
Background information
Birth nameRegina Belle
Born(1963-07-17) July 17, 1963 (age 50)
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresR&B, jazz, gospel
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, record producer
Years active1986–present
LabelsColumbia (1986-1996)
MCA (1997-1999)
Peak / Concord (2000-2005)
Pendulum / W.D.E. (2008-present)
Websitewww.myspace.com/msreginabelle

Regina Belle (born July 17, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter who first started in the late 1980s. She is notable for her Grammy award winning duet with Peabo Bryson, "A Whole New World".

Early life and education[edit]

Belle was born in Englewood, New Jersey. It was at Englewood's Mount Calvary Baptist Church, and then Paterson's Friendship Baptist Church (presided over by Belle's uncle, the Reverend Fred Belle), that Belle began attracting attention with her vocal abilities. She sang her first solo in church at age 8. Belle attended Dwight Morrow High School where she studied trombone, tuba and steel drums.[1] After graduation, she studied opera at the Manhattan School of Music. At Rutgers University, she became the first female vocalist with the school's jazz ensemble. Belle's musical influences include Phyllis Hyman, Billie Holiday, Shirley Caesar, and Nancy Wilson.[2] Belle was introduced to the Manhattans by New York radio DJ Vaughn Harper and began working as their opening act. She recorded the duet "Where Did We Go Wrong" with the group which helped to attract the attention of Columbia Records. They eventually signed her to a record deal.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Belle resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is married to ex-NBA basketball player John Battle. Battle played 10 years in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers. He is now a pastor in Atlanta, Georgia. Belle and Battle have five children: Winter (1979), Tiy (1989), Jayln (1991), Sydney (1994), and Nyla (November 10, 1995).[4] Winter, the eldest daughter, is married and has 2 children, Lea and Joshua, making Belle a grandmother.[5]

Career[edit]

In 1987, she released her debut album All By Myself. It includes her first hits "So Many Tears" and "Show Me the Way." Her follow-up album, Stay with Me, released in 1989.

Belle recorded a duet in 1991 with Johnny Mathis, "Better Together" which appeared on his album Better Together: The Duet Album. Continuing her tradition of duets, Belle teamed up with Peabo Bryson for the songs "I Can't Imagine", "Without You" and "A Whole New World", which was the featured pop single from the soundtrack to the 1992 Disney movie Aladdin. The song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and won the Grammy Award in 1993 for "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal as well as a "Best Song" Oscar in the same year [6][7]

Later in 1993, Belle released her Platinum selling third album, Passion. The album featured the Disney hit "A Whole New World", "Dream In Color" and "If I Could", which reached # 9 on the R&B charts.[8]

Belle released Reachin' Back in 1995 followed by Believe in Me in 1998.

Regina Belle performs for President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush during a Black Music Month celebration in the East Room of the White House on June 30, 2001.

In 2001, Regina Belle's cover of "Just the Two of Us" from the tribute album To Grover, With Love made a surprising return to the billboard charts, within months Belle would sign with the jazz oriented independent label Peak-Concord Jazz. she released the album This Is Regina!, which featured the R&B hit single, "Ooh Boy." also released were, "Don't Wanna Go Home" and "From Now On" with Glenn Jones.

In 2004, she released a jazz standard album, Lazy Afternoon, produced by George Duke. The album included covers of the Isley Brothers' "For the Love of You" and Tony Bennett's "If I Ruled the World". In 2007, she collaborated with smooth jazz saxophonist Paul Taylor, co-writing and singing on his album "Ladies Choice".

Belle released her debut gospel album Love Forever Shines on May 13, 2008 via Pendulum Records. The 14-track collection features guests Melvin Williams (of the Williams Brothers) and Shirley Murdock.[9][10] On June 5, 2012, she released on Pendulum her second gospel album, called "Higher", on which Belle stated: "I think that, with the second CD ["Higher"] I had a better understanding of where I wanted to go [compared to "Love Forever Shines"]." [11]

Belle has appeared in concert with many other performers, including Ray Charles, Boney James, Paul Taylor, The Rippingtons, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Maze, Frankie Beverly, Phil Perry, Al Jarreau, and Stephanie Mills.[12]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart Positions[13]US
Certifications[14]
Record Label
USUS
R&B
US
Jazz
US
Gospel
UK[15]
1987All by Myself851453Columbia
1989Stay with Me63162Gold
1993Passion6313Platinum
1995Reachin' Back11518
1998Believe in Me42MCA
2001This Is Regina!61GoldPeak
2004Lazy Afternoon5812
2008Love Forever Shines119153Pendulum
2012Higher4415
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified

Compilations[edit]

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart positions[13]
USUS
R&B
US
A/C
US
Dance
US
Gospel
UK[15]
1986"Where Did We Go Wrong?" (with The Manhattans)42
1987"Show Me the Way"68297
"So Many Tears"11
1988"Without You (Love Theme from Leonard Part 6)" (with Peabo Bryson)8914885
"How Could You Do It to Me"21
"After the Love Has Lost Its Shine"
"You Got the Love"
1989"All I Want Is Forever" (with James "J.T." Taylor)234
"Baby Come to Me"601
"Good Lovin'"73
"Make It Like It Was"4315
1990"What Goes Around"3
"This Is Love"729
1992"Better Together" (with Johnny Mathis)68
"A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)" (with Peabo Bryson)121112
1993"If I Could"52912
"Quiet Time"47
"Dream in Color"63
"The Deeper I Love"
1994"Far Longer Than Forever duet with Jeffery Osborne"
1995"Love T.K.O."
1998"Don't Let Go"
"I've Had Enough"
2001"Oooh Boy"
2004"For the Love of You"
2008"God Is Good"832
"I Call on Jesus"17
2012"Make An Example Out Of Me"19
"—" denotes the single failed to chart

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beckerman, Jim. "For Regina Belle, time for a special payback", The Record (Bergen County), October 31, 2004. Accessed July 9, 2007
  2. ^ Bryant, Scott Poulsen. 1993. Regina: A showstopper with star power.Essence 24, no. 4: 56-60. http://proquest.umi.com. (accessed May 6, 2008).
  3. ^ Paoletta, Michael 1998. Regina Belle displays diva diversity on new MCA set. People 110, no. 20: 26-27. http://search.ebscohost.com (accessed May 5, 2008)
  4. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=6psMpxC-2oMC&pg=PA150&lpg=PA150&dq=regina+belle+gives+birth+to+daughter+winter&source=bl&ots=Qp6bkZntCU&sig=90e9SJ3guzkTdj-nY5uU5xDhfwo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=VUOrUKv9HsPA0QG_64HYDQ&ved=0CEcQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=regina%20belle%20gives%20birth%20to%20daughter%20winter&f=false Ebony (magazine) Dec 1996
  5. ^ Harrington, Richard (November 9, 2007). "Free to be Regina Belle". Washington Post. pp. WE05. 
  6. ^ Scott, Ron. 2004. Belle's Lazy afternoon. New York Amsterdam News 95, no. 37: 17. http://search.ebscohost.com (accessed May 5, 2008).
  7. ^ Lopez, Robert. August 3, 2007. Regina Belle knows about sacrifices. Knight Ridder Tribune Business News. http://proquest.umi.com (accessed May 6, 2008).
  8. ^ "Regina Belle Artist Chart History". Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  9. ^ "Regina Belle Releases Gospel Album: Multi-Grammy Award winner's debut gospel project, 'Love Forever Shines' in stores soon.". EURweb.com. March 7, 2008. 
  10. ^ Quinn, Gwendolynn (March 5, 2008). "Multiple Grammy Winner Regina Belle Releases Debut Gospel Album". The Industry Cosign. 
  11. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECp2wKjJ-ds
  12. ^ Watrous, Peter (July 1, 1991). "Jazz Festival; Ray Charles's Silences, Regina Belle's Wildness". The New York Times. .
  13. ^ a b "Regina Belle US chart history". billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  14. ^ "Regina Belle US certification history". riaa.com. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  15. ^ a b "Regina Belle UK chart history". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 

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