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

Biography

Regina Belle was born in Englewood, New Jerseymarker. 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 Regina Belle began attracting attention with her vocal abilities. She sang her first solo in church at age 8; and by age 17, she was the church's star singer. Belle attended Dwight Morrow High Schoolmarker where she studied trombone, tuba and steel drums . After graduation, she studied opera at the Manhattan School of Musicmarker. At Rutgers Universitymarker, she became the first female vocalist with the school's jazz ensemble. Belle's musical influences include Phyllis Hyman, Billie Holiday, Donny Hathaway, and Nancy Wilson .

She 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 .

Personal life

Belle resides in Atlanta, Georgiamarker 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, Georgiamarker. Belle and Battle have five children: Winter, Tiy, Jayln, Sydni, and Nyla. Winter, the eldest daughter, is married and has 2 children, Lea and Joshua, making Belle a grandmother.

Career

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

Belle recorded a duet in 1991 with singing superstar 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 song "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

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. .

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



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 .

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 .

Discography

Studio albums

Year Album U.S. Pop U.S. R&B U.S. Jazz U.S. Gospel
1987 All By Myself 85 14 - -
1989 Stay with Me 63 1 - -
1993 Passion 63 13 - -
1995 Reachin' Back 115 18 - -
1998 Believe in Me - 42 - -
2001 This Is Regina! - 61 - -
2004 Lazy Afternoon - 58 9 -
2008 Love Forever Shines 119 15 - 3


Compilations

  • 1997: Baby Come To Me: The Best Of Regina Belle
  • 2001: Super Hits
  • 2006: Love Songs


Singles

Year Song Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. AC U.S. Dance U.S. Gospel
1986 "You Got the Love" - - - - -
1987 "Please Be Mine" - 2 - - -
1987 "Show Me The Way" 68 2 - - -
1987 "So Many Tears" - 11 - - -
1988 "Without You" (with Peabo Bryson) (Theme from Leonard VI) 89 - - - -
1988 "How Could You Do It To Me" - 21 - - -
1989 "Baby Come To Me" 60 1 - - -
1989 "All I Want Is Forever" (with James "J.T." Taylor) - - - - -
1990 "Make It Like It Was" 43 1 5 - -
1990 "This Is Love" - 7 29 - -
1990 "What Goes Around" - 3 - - -
1992 "A Whole New World" (Aladdin's Theme) (with Peabo Bryson) 1 21 1 - -
1993 "If I Could" 52 9 12 - -
1993 "Dream In Color" - 63 - - -
1994 "The Deeper I Love" - - - - -
1995 "Love T.K.O." - 29 - - -
1998 "I've Had Enough" - - - 25 -
2001 "Oooh Boy" - 63 - - -
2004 "For the Love of You" - 60 - - -
2008 "God Is Good" - 34 - - 2


Awards and nominations



  • Grammy Awards
    • 1991, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: "Make It Like It Was" (Nominated)
    • 1994, Record of the Year: "A Whole New World" (Nominated)
    • 1994, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: "A Whole New World" (Winner)
    • 1999, Best Traditional Album: Believe in Me (Nominated)
    • 2002, Best Traditional Album: This is Regina (Nominated)


  • MTV Movie Awards
    • 1993, Best Song From a Movie: "A Whole New World" (Nominated)


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