Kirkland Performance Center presents...
LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends
- March 22, 7:30PM
All Seats: $30
ROCK • BLUES
The Northwest's premiere rock and soul singer, LeRoy Bell, has gained a national audience with his performances as a finalist on TV’s X-Factor, where he finished at #8. At his KPC "CD Release Concert", Bell is proudly introducing audiences to his newest “Only Friend”, keyboardist, Daniel Walker performing along with longtime bassist Terry Morgan and drummer Davis Martin.
Since Bell's major success on the First Season of the X-Factor, the world has opened up to him. LeRoy has performed with some of the world's most famous and remarkable artists, including B.B. King, Van Morrison, Etta James, Al Green, Joe Cocker, Fitz And The Tantrums, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Sheryl Crow, and Mavis Staples.
A songwriter long before he stepped in front of the mic, LeRoy has written songs that have been recorded by the O'Jays, The Spinners, Elton John, The Temptations, Rita Marley and sampled by Fat Boy Slim, to name just a few notable fans of LeRoy and his music.
“Musically, Bell treads the same easygoing folk/soul/pop territory as relative newcomers like Jason Mraz, Ben Harper or John Mayer,” reports Eugene Weekly’s William Kennedy. “But with his longevity and credentials, Bell definitely shows those whippersnappers how it’s done.”
The Bell family legacy extended from Philly to Seattle when Thom Bell, LeRoy's uncle and third member of Mighty Three Music (along with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff), opened up the west coast offices of Mighty Three Music in the late 70's.
As a young staff writer, LeRoy teamed up with Casey James and wrote songs that would be recorded by The Spinners, The O'Jays, The Temptations, Rita Marley and most notably Elton John. In the late 70's Elton John discovered and quickly became a fan of LeRoy's song writing - recording two of his songs. Elton's recording of Bell's song "Mama Can't Buy Me Love," from the "Thom Bell Sessions," went to #9 pop, #36 R&B, and #1 Adult/Contemporary in the fall of 1979 - earning Elton a Grammy Nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. That same year, Bell and James had their own million-seller with "Livin' It Up (Friday Night)" on A&M Records. 2003 brought new life for LeRoy as the Fat Boy Slim mix of Elton's "Are you Ready For Love," (composed by Bell) reached #1 in England and most of Europe. LeRoy reinvented himself emerging as a singer/songwriter releasing the acclaimed EP "Spending Time" on his own label, Martez Music Group. After "Spending Time" sold over 15,000 copies, he released "Two Sides to Every Story" and his career was officially re-born.