Carl Bell (musician)

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Carl Bell
Bell performing with the band Fuel in 2007
Bell performing with the band Fuel in 2007
Background information
Birth nameCarl William Bell
BornJanuary 9, 1967 (1967-01-09) (age 56)
Kenton, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresHard rock, post-grunge, country
Occupation(s)
  • Guitarist
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • singer
Instrument(s)Guitar, vocals
Years active1989–present
LabelsSonyBMG/Epic
Websitewww.carlbellmusic.com

Carl William Bell (born January 9, 1967) is an American songwriter, record producer, arranger, engineer, and mixer. He founded the multi-platinum selling hard rock band Fuel in 1989, serving as the principal lyricist, lead guitarist, and record producer for the band during its inception and peak commercial success. He has written singles such as "Shimmer", "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)", and "Bad Day" as well as many other songs. He also co-produced all Fuel records including the Grammy nominated Natural Selection (2003). Although often a backing vocalist for the band, Bell never performed as a lead singer until releasing his first solo project in 2017.

"Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" was the No. 1 Active Rock song for 13 weeks and became the No. 5 Rock Song of the Decade, according to Billboard's Best of the 2000s Rock Songs Charts.[1][2]

In 2013, "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" became the No. 6 Alternative Rock song of the past 25 years, according to Billboard's Alternative Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs.[3]

HFStival Carl Bell w/Fuel

Hiatus from Fuel[edit]

After departing from Fuel in 2010, Bell began focusing further on working with various other artists and writers as well as on the production of TV and movie soundtracks.[4]

In 2021, Bell returned for Fuel's latest album, Ånomåly, after he had started rehearsing with a revamped line-up in 2020, including a new lead singer.[5]

Collaborations[edit]

Bell began working with the band Sandlot Heroes as well as writing and composing with various other artists.[6]

Bell contributed an unreleased Fuel song "Sister Mary Innocent" renamed "Sister Mary" on Tommy Lee's 2005 solo album Tommyland: The Ride. He also plays guitar on the track.

Bell wrote a song "When You Come Around" with Chris Daughtry intended for the eponymous 2006 debut album of his rock band Daughtry, but it didn't make the final cut. Instead, Daughtry has been playing it live.[7]

Bell performed all instruments and vocals for a cover of "Calendar Girl." This was used as the opening song for Miss Hawaiian Tropic.

Bell co-wrote the song "Ghost" with One Less Reason for their 2010 album Faces and Four Letter Words.[8]

Bell wrote the first single for NBC's The Voice contestant Jared Blake. Released in 2013, "Countryfied" was written by Bell, Jared Blake, and Skidd Mills. Bell continues to work and write in various genres in Nashville, Los Angeles, and elsewhere.[9][10]

Solo record[edit]

In 2017, Bell announced that he would be putting out his first solo record, a country project as a tribute to his Dad, titled Tennessee Fuel that was released under his own full name, Carl Bell. The album is available on iTunes and all other major outlets as well.[11] With a release date of June 16, Bell set up a Facebook page and other sites to support the project.[12][13] Both sites explain the transition of his move to country, with an EPK video as well as a dedication of song called "Dad" to his late father. Bell arranged, produced, recorded, engineered, and mixed the record as well as performed all instruments and vocals other than drums for the record.

Bell's return to FUEL and new record ÅNOMÅLY (2020–present)[edit]

Sometime in 2020, Bell, founding member and primary songwriter of FUEL, decided to return to the band, forming a new version of group. According to Bell, this was more or less a rebirth of Fuel and a new era for the band. Bell reunited with former drummer Kevin Miller to reform the group. Together they recruited a new singer, John Corsale, who at the time was the frontman for Miller's band. They began rehearsing in summer of 2020, and later began working on what would become Fuel's 6th full-length album. During that time, the band also released Something Like Human on vinyl for the first time.

Fuel's newest album, ÅNOMÅLY, was released on October 22, 2021.[14] Bell wrote all the songs on ANOMALY, performed all the instruments on the album, recorded, arranged, produced and mixed the album. The first single, "Hard", was released on July 9. The album's second single, "Don't Say I", was released on August 20, 2021. The album's 11 songs feature vocals by Corsale. Miller, along with new members Mark Klotz (rhythm guitar, backing vocals) and Tommy Nat (bass) do not perform on the album but are featured in the videos and live performances. The cover art and track listing was revealed on August 28.

Since the album's release, the band has been performing various shows live in the US, and has more shows and some major festival dates scheduled for 2022.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard Best of the 2000s Rock Songs chart Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  2. ^ (#25-1) Billboard's Top 100 Rock Songs of the 2000's, archived from the original on 2021-12-12, retrieved 2021-07-23
  3. ^ "Alternative Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  4. ^ "Fuel re-ignite with Bon Jovi, fronted by original lead vocalist Brett Scallions" PRWeb.com April 8, 2010.
  5. ^ Childers, Chad. "Fuel Debut 'Hard' Video With New Singer, Carl Bell Discusses Return". Loudwire. Retrieved 2021-10-22.
  6. ^ "Fuel Guitarist Carl Bell Producing Sandlot Heroes Archived 2010-12-17 at the Wayback Machine" rawkpit.com. March 30, 2010. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  7. ^ "Carl Bell interview from November 2007 Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine" Tunelab.com. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  8. ^ "One Less Reason Proud Of New Album". Altervative Addiction. August 16, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  9. ^ ""The Voice" Contestant Jared Blake Releases "Countryfied" to Radio | New Country Music, Listen to Songs & Video | Roughstock.com". Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
  10. ^ Cornish, Eric (May 7, 2013). "Jared Blake Will Shoot Music Video At Hawg N Sauce". 99.5 WKDQ. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  11. ^ Tennessee Fuel by Carl Bell, retrieved 2021-07-23
  12. ^ "Facebook". Facebook. Archived from the original on 2021-07-23. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  13. ^ "Carl Bell". carlbellmusic.com. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  14. ^ Childers, Chad (June 23, 2021). "Hear Fuel Pair Reunite With New Singer, Preview Upcoming Anomaly Album". Loudwire. Retrieved September 17, 2021.

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