Regina Belle

Genres: Christian & Gospel Dance Drama R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": soul female vocalists rnb jazz vocal jazz regina belle Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
Artist Compilations: Surface (with Regina Belle)
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Biography

17 July 1963, Englewood, New Jersey, USA. Belle first considered a career in the music business in her teenage years, after being inspired to sing by the gospel music greats Shirley Caesar and Inez Andrews. Both her mother and father were gospel singers and encouraged her to follow the same path - they were initially resistant to the idea that she should become involved in secular music. Further exposure to shows such as American Bandstand and Soul Train encouraged her to take up an instrument, and while at high school she learned trombone, tuba and steel drums, playing along to R&B and jazz standards as part of the school band. Her performance of the Emotions’ ‘Don’t Ask My Neighbours’ at a high-school concert won her $25, encouraging her to take up semi-professional employment singing at fashion shows and weddings (often with the band Private Property). She secured a scholarship to the prestigious Manhattan School Of Music to study voice...

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