You would think that my next artist spent most of her singing career, singing songs in duets and for animated movies. That would be far from the fact. Although she debuted in 1987, she had been singing from the age of three.
Regina had begun singing in church, and Growing up in a very musical home it is no wonder she began that early. Her earliest influences would be her mother who sang Gospel and her father Rhythm and Blues. The Jazz element would not emerge until she entered Rutgers University. I believe that with these influences and her use of her voice, she had to be compared to singers like Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle and Stephanie Mills.
When she first came on the scene Aretha Franklin was already the Queen of Soul. Anita Baker had her debut album out in 1986, and Sade was already a star. She has been compared to all three singers, but Regina tried to put it straight in an interview with Rolling Stone. She stated that if anyone had influenced her style it was Phyllis Hyman and Nancy Wilson.
Regina has sung with the likes of Johnny Mathis, Peabo Bryson, and Jeffery Osborne.
Here is Regina Belle with Peabo Bryson singing the theme song from the Disney animated movie “Aladdin,” “A Whole New World.”
This is Everlasting-Soul signing off for this week and I wish you a great week and look forward to sharing the language of love next Sunday.
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