“If I cannot identify with the songs, and if the music does not move my soul, make me feel better, take me up when I’m down or higher when I’m up, then I don’t want to record it, play it or sing it!” -Regina Belle
Regina Belle is a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and actress known for her R&B hits Make It Like It Was, If I Could, Baby Come To Me and This Is Love. She earned mainstream success with her Billboard #1 hit, A Whole New World, a duet with Peabo Bryson for Disney’s Aladdin Soundtrack. This song earned them a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group in 1994.
The New Jersey native began singing in the church performing her first solo at the age of eight. She received further training from Dwight Morrow High School and the Manhattan School of Music for Preparatory College where she studied classical voice training with Inga Wolfe. Next she attended Rutgers University to study Africana Studies and Music. In her senior year, just 15 credits shy of graduating, she left Rutgers to perform with group The Manhattans. Belle worked with them for two years before branching out on her own.
Belle has described her signature voice as having the femininity of Billie Holiday and the power of Donny Hathaway, a blend which has allowed her to successfully cross between the genres of R&B, Jazz and Gospel. In 2008, she released her first Gospel album, Love Forever Shines with the hit single God Is Good. Shortly after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor temporarily derailing her music career. But after two surgeries and 10 months rehabilitation she was ready. Her latest album, The Day Life Began, a collection of inspirational songs, is Belle’s return to R&B after 15 years.