Bell is a singer/songwriter and guitarist from London who until
recently appeared professionally as "RachaelRachael."
She performs and records in a variety of musical styles, from acoustic
soul to R&B to hip hop, all of which are unified by the expressiveness
of her voice and the honesty of her lyrics. Originally signed to
Sony/Epic Records in London, Ms. Bell has for the last two years
released independent CD's on her own and with other UK musicians.
The latest such effort, "Colour Me Blue," a collaboration
with Brighton-based guitarist and composer Ross King, was recently
released on iTunes and has received uniformly outstanding reviews.
Me Blue" has been warmly embraced by the soul music community
in the UK. Ms. Bell recently has been a featured new artist on "Soul-D-Out
Tuesdays" with DJ D'nyce on Hot 96 Radio and on “Thoughts
and Words” with DJ Ingrid on LIFE 103.6 FM in London. DJ’s
Ruth Fisher of Starpoint Radio, Ash Selector of Solar Radio, and
Mark G., Chris Box and Aja of Jazz Syndicate Radio have all also
recently featured songs from her new CD on their programs.
Ms. Bell's musical
talents have also received critical acclaim in the United States.
A popular New York entertainment magazine has described her as “a
British singersongwriter with a smooth soul edge.” (Time Out
New York, Nov. 22, 2007). Soul Tracks, the number 1 ranked soul
music website, selected her as a “Featured Artist” for
January. Her songs have twice in the last year been selected for
potential licensing by panels of publishers and record label executives
in songwriting competitions held by the Songwriters's Pitch-a-Thon
of New York (“SPONY”) and sponsored by BMI and ASCAP.
Her first single, “It’s About Time” from “Colour
Me Blue,” is in rotation on 4DaSoul.com, NeoSoulcafe.com,
Soulsoundsradio.com, and other leading soul music websites and web
radio stations, as well as on soul music FM radio stations, including
WHCR 90.3 FM “The Voice of Harlem” in New York and KAZI
FM in Austin, Texas. DJ Nigel “Big Dose” Christopher
has also featured her music on his nationallysyndicated FM radio
program “Sol kaFe” broadcast from Norfolk, Virginia.
Ms. Bell completed
her first U.S. tour this past December. Highlights included two
charity benefit performances at the request of “Dr.”
Bob Lee of WBLS 107.5 FM radio in New York as well as several live
radio and TV performances, including on Mr. Lee’s cable TV
program “Open” as well as on the music TV program “On
the New York Circuit” (Channel 56, Manhattan Cable). While
on tour Ms. Bell also performed live on the radio program “Rhythm
& Soul” hosted by DJ Marko Nobles on WHCR 90.3 FM as well
as on the nationally-syndicated, hip-hop/R&B radio program “Live
from Da Yard” broadcast from WLIU 88.1 FM in New York. For
live performances, she typically accompanies herself on acoustic
guitar and piano.