Bernard Belle

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Bernard Belle
Origin Englewood, New Jersey
United States
Genres New Jack Swing
R&B
Gospel
Occupations Record producer
Songwriter
Musician
Performer
Instruments Bass Guitar
Vocals
Piano
Years active 1984–present

Bernard Belle is an American composer, producer and musician. After starting his career as an R&B guitarist, Belle became known as a songwriter for Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston and a producer of gospel music.

Career[edit]

Belle received his first break in the late 1980s. His sister Regina Belle, a Grammy Award-winning background vocal singer with R&B group The Manhattans, recommended him to play guitar for the group.

Bernard Belle is notable for his partnership with producer Teddy Riley and his collaborations with Michael Jackson. He is credited with writing and co-writing "Remember the Time",[1] Privacy and "Why You Wanna Trip On Me".

He began working with Teddy Riley in 1986. Together, they became the pioneers of the New Jack Swing era of music, paving the way for new and existing artists. He has written and produced for artists such as Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown,[2] Patti LaBelle, Aaron Hall, Keith Sweat, Al B. Sure! and Today.

After dedicating his life to Christ in 1994, Belle remains one of the most sought after producer/musicians in the Gospel music industry while continuing to be an icon in the R&B sector. He plays for such artists as Donnie McClurkin,[3] Shirley Caesar, Richard Smallwood, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams, Tye Tribbett, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Donald Lawrence, Smokie Norful, Hezekiah Walker and BeBe & CeCe Winans.

He is a recurring musician on the BET gospel shows Sunday Best and The Celebration of Gospel.

Belle’s name appears on over 70 million records worldwide as a producer, writer, or musician. He has received four Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, two Soul Train Music Awards, over a dozen ASCAP Awards and nominations for Stella and GMA Dove Awards.

Discography[edit]

Year Song Title Album/CD Artist(s) Credited as
1989 "You Found Another Guy" High Hat Boy George Composer
Stay with Me Regina Belle Producer
"Your Love is not True, Sexy Lady2 Today Today Producer
1990 "Let's Chill, Long Gone" The Future Guy Backing vocalist, producer, composer
"I Just Can't Handle It", "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)" Hi-Five Hi-Five Composer, backing vocalist
"It's Time, A Friend" Return The Winans Producer, composer
1991 "Let Me Know", "Tennis Anyone", "No Need to Worry", "My Happiness" New Formula Today Backing vocalist, producer
Voyce Boxing Voyce Boxing Remixing
"Remember the Time", "Why You Wanna Trip On Me" Dangerous Michael Jackson Composer
1992 "Get Away", "Two Can Play That Game", "One More Night", "Something in Common" Bobby Bobby Brown Composer, backing vocalist
1994 "In You" Here I Am Glenn Jones Composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer
1995 "Remember The Time" HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I Michael Jackson Composer
1997 Baby Come To Me: The Best of Regina Belle Regina Belle Arranger
"If By Chance" Flame Patti LaBelle Composer
1998 "I Gotch U" Believe in Me Regina Belle Keyboards, programming, producer, mixing, composer
1999 "Nobody Like You" I Claim the Victory Doc Powell Composer
2001 "Johnny's Back" This Is Regina! Regina Belle Producer, instrumentation, composer
"Privacy" Invincible Michael Jackson Composer
2005 "The Chosen One" Ghetto Classics Jaheim Arranger, producer
2005 "Remember The Time" The Essential Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Composer
2006 We Praise You The McClurkin Project Bass programming, guitar overdubs
"Remember the Time" Visionary: The Video Singles Michael Jackson Composer
2008 "Launch Out" Launch Out Project Rev. Stefanie R. Minatee Bass, engineer, musician
"God Is Good, Good To Be Loved" Love Forever Shines Regina Belle Arranger, programming, producer, musician, composer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bernard Belle". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  2. ^ "Bernard Belle Credits". ARTISTdirect Music. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  3. ^ "Bernard Belle > Credits". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 

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