One of the premier R&B vocalists of our time, Grammy® Award-winner Regina Belle is back with an album showcasing her incredible voice with classic, elegant and timeless songs.
Lazy Afternoon, produced by George Duke, captures another side of Regina Belle as she demonstrates her sensuality and her soulfulness on songs like “Fly Me To The Moon,” “If I Ruled The World” and “Try A Little Tenderness.” Timeless standards and classic R&B soul…enjoy a Lazy Afternoon with Regina Belle.
Upon one's initial listen, her voice exudes a warmth and familiarity that has been absent from the airways and sales charts in recent years. Like a gentle, moving breeze, her falsetto builds and the listener is reminded of a time when love-laden ballads were the norm, and rich distinctive vocals were cherished. Simply stated, Regina Belle's voice is an R&B treasure.
In response to the current void in the realm of classic R&B music, Regina Belle offers, "This is Regina," a 12-song myriad of the complexity of female emotions -- wanting, waiting, love, passion, forgiveness and gratitude. Along with her own writing and production talents, Belle solicited the expertise of Ira Antelis (CeCe Winans, Patti LaBelle, Marc Anthony), Chris Robinson (Marc Anthony, Marc Nelson) and Sam Sims (Deborah Cox, Chante' Moore) who tours with Backstreet Boys as a bass player, along with Darrel Smith. In addition, she has re-teamed with her brother, renowned songwriter, Bernard Belle (The Winans, Guy, Bobby Brown) as well as Barry Eastmond, with whom she found success with her debut album.
A veteran of the major record label experience, Belle has switched gears and joined the ranks of the independent world for the release of "This is Regina." Crediting her new label home with "making the record happen and exceeding [my] every expectation," Belle welcomes her new journey with Peak Records. "Working with Peak has been a breath of fresh air -- they have remained focused on my project and for that, I am wholly gratified," she notes. "Oooh Boy," the first single and album opener, is a sexy, come-hither request to a lover who's "got it goin' on." Will Downing's deep, soothing vocals are a welcome accompaniment on "Someone Who Needs Me" as Belle takes the listener on a melodic journey in search for that special someone. Vowing eternal love and loyalty, Belle teams with longtime friend Glenn Jones on the devotional, "From Now On":
From now on, I give you my love. I offer my hand and the joy in my soul, my heart will be whole. and over and over I fall, I surrender all, all of my life from now on...
With the very personal, "I Gotta Go Back," Belle tells the story of a young woman who has taken a stumble in life and refuses to fall. The song, a special dedication to her eldest child, is a true testament to the fact that dreams are often deferred, but rarely forgotten...
I gotta go back, that's where I left my dreams. I gotta get back, life is not what it seems to be. 'cause going back is the only chance I see, I can make it right.
Closing the CD, Regina extends homage to her higher power with "What If." Alongside the chords of the organ, her vocals are robust and sincere as she says a simple 'thank you' for her many blessings -- a fitting bestowal from a singer whose vocal roots began sprouting in gospel music.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Belle began developing her vocal skill as a member of her church choir. A Jersey girl at heart, Regina remained close to home and attended Rutgers University where she broadened her scope to include both jazz and secular music meanwhile learning the history of music. While completing her studies, she began actively pursuing a singing career full-time and landed a gig accompanying The Manhattans with whom she toured for two years before branching out on her own.
The R&B world got their first taste of Regina Belle as a solo artist when she debuted in 1987 with "All By Myself" her first of many studio albums with Columbia Records. "All By Myself," which reached gold status, spawned hit singles including "Show Me the Way," and the heart-wrenching ballad, "So Many Tears." With her first stepping stone firmly planted, Regina returned in 1989 with her sophomore offering, "Stay With Me," which included the song for which she will always be revered, "Baby Come To Me," a classic, simple, sexy ballad. Also featured were the hit singles, "What Goes Around," "Make it Like it Was" and "All I Want is Forever," a duet with James "JT" Taylor of Kool and the Gang fame.
It is often stated that the third time is the charm -- so was the case for Regina's third album, "Passion," with which she found success with the inspirational song, "If I Could," as well as with "Dream in Color." Most notable, however, was her four-time Grammy Award winning duet with Peabo Bryson, "A Whole New World," the theme song to the Walt Disneyâ animated feature, Aladdin. In addition to garnering the industry's top awards (including 'Song of the Year'), "A Whole New World" introduced Belle to the mainstream audience resulting in triple platinum sales for the single.
Regina followed up with "Reaching Back," paying homage to R&B's classic singers and their hit songs including "Love TKO," "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" and "You are Everything."
With "This is Regina," Belle hopes to dispel the antiquated myth that youth and extravagant sex appeal act as the sole ingredients for success. "I'm about making the music and I do my craft well," notes Belle. "There are a lot of music veterans whom are still in 'great voice' and as such, should be counted. My goal is to be the light for those who feel that they no longer have a shot."
Belle credits God, family and music (in that order) for keeping her anchored, sustained and balanced. Rounding out her professional achievements, Regina, who understands the importance of extending a charitable hand to her fellow man in need, donates her time and energy to feed nearly 1,500 of Atlanta's homeless population. "Feed the Homeless," a six-year old program she developed along with her husband, mother and pastor, is hosted once a month at her church, Little Vine Baptist. In addition to a good, home-cooked meal, recipients also have an opportunity to hear the gospel. "The act of giving back is a blessing and I am so honored to be able to do so," states Belle.
When asked what she would like to accomplish with her new album, Regina Belle thinks for a moment, then directs her answer to God: "If given the opportunity to shine, I'll let everyone know that it was all because of You."
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