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    Regina Belle My Colorful Christmas

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About Regina

With an illustrious career spanning 35 years, chart-topping singer, songwriter, and GRAMMYⓇ Award winner Regina Belle is back, this time with a festive and beautifully soulful holiday album entitled My Colorful Christmas. The 10-track album, slated for release in November on Belle’s record label Tashi3 Entertainment, proves that no matter the genre—R&B, jazz, gospel, or even holiday music — everything she touches turns to gold.

So, what made Belle, a hit-making songstress who has successfully made her mark as one of the most thrilling balladeers of our time, decide to release a Christmas album? “It’s something I've wanted to do for many years, actually, but never got around to it,” says Belle. “Thanksgiving to New Year's is my favorite time of the year. The music, the closeness of family, everything the season represents, means so much to me.”

It was also Belle’s brother Bernard, who convinced her to finally do a holiday album. “He kept saying, ‘What are you waiting for? You've been wanting to do a Christmas record forever and you have the means and the wherewithal, so just do it,’” Belle remembers. “And you know what? He was right. So, I jumped right in to do it.” Unfortunately, in the middle of recording My Colorful Christmas, Bernard passed away. His death shattered Belle, but as a promise to him, she pushed through the pain and finished the album. And what she created has turned out to be an incredible Christmas jewel that will surely elevate people’s spirits and become an essential part of their holiday listening pleasure, year after year.

My Colorful Christmas features timeless holiday classics, from the definitive “Silent Night” and “The First Noel” to the spiritual hymns “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Hark the Herald.” But what Belle does is sprinkle her signature magic and personal touch to each track, which adds an unforgettable emotional depth guaranteed to warm the soul. Belle’s favorite track, “A Cradle in Bethlehem,” is a dazzling ballad slated to be the first single off the album. “It’s always been my favorite holiday song because it’s not Christmas for me until I hear Nat King Cole and ‘A Cradle in Bethlehem’ is from his Christmas album,” says Belle. “It’s a song most people don’t even know, but I knew it was a song I wanted to make and put on my album. I had no idea it would come out the way it did, and I am very pleased with it.”

Then there is her spunky rendition of “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” which has a perfect, toe-tapping Soca spin to it, while “A Baby Changes Everything” (featuring Belle’s daughter Sydni Battle) gives us an exquisite version of the biblical Christmas story, intimately done by the mother-daughter duo. And My Colorful Christmas is definitely a family affair. Not only is Sydni featured on the album, but her other daughter Nyla and her son Jayln worked on the album, as well as her nephew Jahmel (Bernard’s son), who helped produce a few of the tracks including “The First Noel.” It’s no surprise that Belle had a great time making the album with her talented family. “Working with my family was amazing. Absolutely wonderful. I loved it,” Belle says. “My daughters shocked me. My son just amazed me. And with my nephew, well it was no secret how gifted he is, but hearing him put together the music, I lost my entire mind!”

The album closes out with the only original track on the record, “I Had to Leave,” written by Belle and Bernard as a special tribute to those they’ve lost. The lovely and sentimental lyrics are actually from the perspective of a lost loved one: “Thank you for the memories/Thank you for just loving me/Thank you all who cared for me/Thank you all who shared with me/Thank you for your understanding…I’d love to stay/But I had to go away/It’s just my time to leave.” For Belle, the song will forever hold a special place in her heart, especially after losing Bernard, and she hopes it’s just as special for others who have dealt with loss. “Yes, it’s a little sad, but it's also a song that will travel with us for the ages. I hope it's one of those classic pieces you’ll listen to for years to come,” Belle says. “People lose a loved one and think they didn’t do enough, they didn’t spend enough time with that person. They feel guilty or inept. But this song is actually saying, ‘No, you did so much for me. You took care of me. Thank you for everything you did, but I had to leave nonetheless.’ It’s our loved ones speaking to us with comfort and grace, saying, ‘You did a great job, thank you.’”

Belle is no stranger to making profoundly moving music. Coming onto the scene in 1987, she made her recording debut with the album All By Myself, which featured hits such as “So Many Tears” and “Show Me The Way.” The chart-topping album Stay With Me followed in 1989, which was RIAA-Certified GoldⓇ, and featured her #1 hits “Make It Like It Was” and “Baby Come To Me.” After that, Belle recorded a duet with Johnny Mathis called “Better Together” from his album Better Together: The Duet Album. Her collaborations have always been successful, especially those with Peabo Bryson. She had a string of hits with Bryson, including, “Without You” (1987),” “I Can't Imagine" (1991), and the Disney mega hit, “A Whole New World” (from her 1992 RIAA-Certified GoldⓇ album Passion), which was featured in the blockbuster animated film Aladdin. The song went on to win the Academy Award for “Best Original Song,” as well as a GRAMMY Award for “Song of the Year."

Also, during the 90s, Belle released the albums Reachin’ Back (1995) and Believe In Me (1998). Then, in 2001, after performing for President George W. Bush at the White House, Regina enjoyed success with her cover of the Bill Withers/Grover Washington Jr. hit, “Just the Two of Us,” on the tribute album To Grover, With Love. In 2002, she signed with the jazz-oriented independent label Peak-Concord Jazz and released This Is Regina!, which featured the top-charting R&B single “Ooh Boy” and “From Now On” featuring Glen Jones. In 2004, she released the jazz album, Lazy Afternoon, produced by George Duke, and featured covers of the Isley Brothers’ hit "For the Love of You" and "If I Ruled the World” by Tony Bennett.

Four years later in 2008, Belle delved into gospel, something she had always dreamed of doing, and released the album Love Forever Shines, which featured collaborations with Melvin Williams (of The Williams Brothers), and Shirley Murdock. Her second gospel album, Higher, followed in 2012. Then in 2016, she released, The Day Life Began, which marked her 15-year return to R&B.

In between all her music-making, the mother of five has always made time for family, which has always been important to Belle. She’s been married for over 30 years to Pastor John Sidney Battle III, a former NBA star with the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers who is currently the senior pastor of two churches: Spread the Word in College Park, GA; and New Shield of Faith Worship Center in Atlanta. Belle is also an ordained minister who loves to inspire and uplift people in her community and around the world.
Which is why in 2020, Belle teamed up with Iyanla Vanzant to create the powerful and passionate song “Freedom,” which discusses the pain and difficulties African Americans face, especially today, with all the senseless murders by the police. “Our ancestors did a lot of work, they did the best they could with what they had to work with. And so the question is, what are we prepared to do in this generation? You have to stand up and make a difference,” says Belle.

Singing and making a difference is something Belle was destined to do. “According to my mother, I was always going to be where I am today. She told me that I prophesied that over my own life when I was four or five years old. And I told her, ‘Mommy, you see all of these people on TV — we were watching the GRAMMY’s — I'm going to be on TV just like that one day.’ I spoke prophetically over my life at an age where I'm not even sure I knew what I was doing, but perhaps I did?” Belle expresses. “I tell people I bleed notes; it is who I am. It's what I do; I can't even imagine a different vocation. I wouldn't trade my life for anything.”

With Belle’s impressive vocal prowess, there is no doubt she was destined to be as beloved, iconic, and successful as she is today. While so many artists of her generation have come and gone, Belle’s staying power is a testament to the exceptional music she creates — whether it’s R&B, jazz, gospel, or now a Christmas album. “I’ve always tried to make music that’s going to last and speak to the hearts of people. I make music that creates memories,” she says. Indeed, My Colorful Christmas will do just that. Sonically, the album is a beautiful and joyous ride, and with Regina Belle’s dynamic voice, undeniable talent, and incomparable flair, the album feels like a tender and much-needed hug during the holiday season.

New Sheild of Faith

Spread The Word Ministries

Discography

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    Freedom ft. Iyanla

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    The Day Life Began

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    Greatest Hits

    A Collection of Hit Songs

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    Higher

    Some amaizing Gospel Music from Regina Belle

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