Michelle Bell

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Michelle Lynn Bell
Born Ohio, U.S.
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupation(s) Songwriter, record producer
Years active 2001–present
Associated acts Britney Spears

Michelle Bell is an American singer-songwriter and record producer born in Ohio. Bell started to work on a local paper while she was in college, and used to write to publicists at record labels. After moving to New York City, she went on working with Sean Combs. Together they wrote and produced tracks for Jennifer Lopez. Following the release of Lopez's album, Bell became known as a songwriter and producer, working with several artists, including Britney Spears, Girls Aloud, Mary J. Blige and Paulina Rubio.


Michelle Bell was born in Ohio. She said that while she was in college, "I became a junior reporter with a local paper writing about people who grew big tomatoes or had a church band. It was pretty boring stuff but I used the letterhead from the paper to write to publicists at record labels. The entertainment editor wasn't interested in the concerts and stories. I was so I was able to attend many great shows and interview my favorite artists. I met tons of people through the paper so when I moved to NY from Ohio it was easier to get jobs."[1] Bell stated that she was always inclined to work on the music business, commenting that "being ambitious, savvy and slightly obnoxious is how I think you make it as an anything in the entertainment business."[2] She first worked with Sean Combs, who was dating pop singer Jennifer Lopez at the time. After Bell's song was presented to Lopez, the latter recorded the track.[2] Bell said that she "shared a lot," with Lopez and that, "it was fun, we wrote a funny song about something that happened with her assistant. It started from a beat that went terribly wrong. Not for the album but just for fun." Bell then went to work with several artists such as Mary J. Blige and Paulina Rubio over the years.[2]

In 2003, the producer started to work with Britney Spears on her fourth studio album, In the Zone. Together they wrote and recorded several tracks, including "Chaotic",[3] "Like I'm Falling",[4] "Look Who's Talking Now",[5] and "Money, Love, & Happiness".[6][7] "Britney Spears was awesome. She actually surprised me because she can play the piano. She's down to earth and very nice. She hides it but I think people can tell she's a real artist. I hope someday she gets to bring that side of herself out more. We had a nice time working," commented Bell about the songwriting and recording process with Spears.[2] "I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)", another track recorded by Spears and later released on Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (2004),[8] was featured on the soundtrack of the 2011 film Bridesmaids.[9] Bell later worked with producer Peter Wade Keusch. Together, they formed a music production duo, and worked for artists such as 88-Keys and Lindsay Lohan.[10] They worked together on an album called The Mystery LLP. It was slated for a release on the second quarter of 2008; the album, however, is yet to be released.[2] Bell currently lives in New York City.[10]


Bell's songs were mostly well received by contemporary critics. One of her tracks she wrote with Britney Spears, "I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)", was considered by Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic as better "[than] most of the songs that were featured on [In the Zone],"[11] while Mike McGuirk of Rhapsody said the song "is on a level with her best work, namely 'I'm a Slave 4 U'."[12] Bell's tracks included on Jennifer Lopez's album Brave (2007) received mixed to positive reviews, with "I Need Love" being considered as a "nice enough uptempo groove. Still, it's not something you'll be rushing to hear a second time — a sentiment that summarizes most of 'Brave'."[13][14] "Morning After Dark", a track co-wrote with Timbaland, was considered as "catchy" by reviewers, with its hook receiving positive appreciation.[15][16] However, Jennifer Lopez's "Come Over" did not impress critics, with Tom Sinclair of Entertainment Weekly saying, "'Come to my room for a little game.… I'll do very erotic things', she breathes on 'Come Over', [...] the most embarrassing satin sheet anthem since, oh, Sylvia's 'Pillow Talk'."[17] The song received comparisons to earlier works of Janet Jackson.[18]

Songwriting discography[edit]

  1. ^ Look Who's Talking Now was not included on Britney Spears' fourth studio album In the Zone. The track was later recorded by Korean pop singer BoA and included on her album eponymous album released in 2009.[5] However, Spears' version of the track leaked on January 9, 2012.[5]


  1. ^ Williamson, Nichole. "I WANT HER JOB: Meet singer, songwriter, and producer Michelle Bell". Teen Diaries Blog. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Mania, Monica (2007-09-22). "Interview with Michelle Bell". Monica Mania's Blog. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  3. ^ a b Chaotic (Promo CD single liner notes). Britney Spears. Jive Records. 2005. BVCQ-28030. 
  4. ^ a b "ASCAP ACE – Like I'm Fallin'". ASCAP. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  5. ^ a b c Stern, Bradley (2012-01-09). "Daily B: "Look Who's Talking Now" Demo Finally Leaks in Full". MuuMuse.com. Bradley Stern. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  6. ^ a b "Money, Love, & Happiness (Legal Title)". BMI. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  7. ^ "ASCAP ACE – Money Love and Happiness". ASCAP. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  8. ^ Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (Liner notes). Britney Spears. Jive Records. 2004. 
  9. ^ Davis, Edward (2011-04-15). "'Bridesmaids' Soundtrack Features Fiona Apple, Inara George, Hole, Blondie & Wilson Phillips". IndieWire. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  10. ^ a b Bell, Michelle. "Michelle Bell's Official MySpace". MySpace. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  11. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2004). "((( Greatest Hits: My Prerogative > Review )))". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  12. ^ McGuirk, Mike (2004-08-17). "(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun (Non-Album Track) by Britney Spears". Rhapsody. Britney's back on top. After the relative OK-ness of "In the Zone," the impressively evolving pop phenomenon busts out a hard-funk, Prince-heavy club cut with a fat, fat, fat synthline, strings (!) and a chorus that just doesn't quit. 'I've Just Begun' is on a level with her best work, namely 'I'm A Slave 4 U.' 
  13. ^ a b c d e f Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2007). "Brave Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  14. ^ "Music Review: Jennifer Lopez, 'Brave'". Yahoo!. 2011-10-09. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  15. ^ Concepcion, Mariel (2009-10-30). "Timbaland featuring SoShy, "Morning After Dark"". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  16. ^ "Music - Singles Reviews - Timbaland ft. Nelly Furtado, SoShy: 'Morning After Dark'". Digital Spy. 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  17. ^ Sinclair, Tom (2011-02-05). "J.Lo Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time Warner. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  18. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (2011-02-11). "Jennifer Lopez: J.Lo - Music Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  19. ^ Jonas, Liana. "No More Drama". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  20. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Toya". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  21. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/442850-Michelle-Bell
  22. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Angels With Dirty Faces". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  23. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "God's Son". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  24. ^ Promis, Jose. "Border Girl". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  25. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Bittersweet". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  26. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Sound of the Underground". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  27. ^ "ASCAP ACE – Ouch". ASCAP. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  28. ^ Bell, Michelle (2012-02-21). "Memories". Tumblr. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  29. ^ "ASCAP ACE – Take Off". ASCAP. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  30. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Kelis Was Here". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  31. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "It Can Happen to Anyone". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  32. ^ "Almond Joy feat. Michelle Bell & The Roll Wit Us All-Stars [Explicit]". Amazon.com. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  33. ^ "In and Out of Love". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  34. ^ Jeffries, David. "The Death of Adam". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  35. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Shock Value II". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  36. ^ "Can't Hide from Love". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  37. ^ a b c d e Amazing (Liner notes). Alex Young. Anaka Records. 2009. AY0012208. 
  38. ^ a b nihilisten (2012). "Medina (6) – Forever". Discogs. 
  39. ^ "Michelle Bell". EMI. 2012. 
  40. ^ A Love Supreme liner notes. Entertainment One Music (2013)
  41. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/crack-the-code-deluxe-version/id879928055
  42. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/6266734/macy-gray-album-premiere-the-way
  43. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-one-mw0002679235
  44. ^ http://www.lgukpublicity.co.uk/data/97/notes/love_rosie_uk_production_notes_-_final.pdf

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