Regina Belle’s Voice Carries Her Soul to NYC

The four-time Grammy® Award and Academy® Award winner vocalist, Regina Bell, whose hits have included “Make It Like It Was,” “If I Could,” “Dream In Color” and “A Whole New World (with Peabo Bryson) is returning the New York City on July 10th on the Smooth Jazz Cruises. Even your kids may remember her when she sang the soundtrack of Disney’s Aladdin. Today Belle has focused on gospel with the release of her new CD, HIGHER.

Regina Belle Live with intro by Luther Vandross – 1990

Regina Belle is a native of the area. She was born in Englewood, New Jersey. She sang her first solo in church at age 8. In high school Belle studied trombone, tuba and steel drums. 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 is a consummate musician.

Regina Belle-Baby Come To Me-LIVE! (Rare)

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 was Stay with Me, released in 1989. Belle recorded duets with Johnny Mathis and Peabo Bryson, the latter was the featured 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.

Regina Belle – What Goes Around (Live 1990)

In 2001, Regina Belle’s cover of “Just the Two of Us” from the tribute album To Grover, With Love returned her to the billboard charts. Within months Belle released the album This Is Regina!, which featured the R&B hit singles “Ooh Boy,” “Don’t Wanna Go Home” and “From Now On.” In 2004, she released a jazz standard album, Lazy Afternoon, produced by George Duke.

Belle released her debut gospel album Love Forever Shines on May 13, 2008. On June 5, 2012, she released 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"].”

Regina Belle – Make An Example Out Of Me(Testimony)

On July 10th, Regina Belle performs two shows on July 10th at 6:30pm and 9:30pm. Celebrate the Smooth Cruises’ 16th year on the Hudson, aboard The Spirit of New York, located at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers (23rd St & West Side Highway). For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.smoothjazznewyork.com. Tickets are ON SALE NOW online and by phone. Standard tickets for the Wednesday, June 26th BWB show are $59.50.

About Daniel Odescalchi

I've been a smooth jazz fan since I was first turned onto David Sanborn, Marcus Miller & Bob James in the 80's. And who could forget Dave Grusin. Unfortunately after a while too many people started doing pop covers and it polluted the smooth jazz pool. That's starting to change and this blog is dedicated to educating people on the enjoyment of smooth jazz and the artists that perform it.
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