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Grammy-winning musician, composer, songwriter/producer Bernard Belle, brother of Regina Belle, dead at 57

Bernard Belle with his sister Regina Belle (Photo courtesy of Regina Belle)

* Multi-Grammy Award-winning musician, composer, and songwriter/producer Bernard Belle died Thursday, June 23 at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in Georgia, at the age of 57. Belle’s official cause of death was due to congestive heart failure, according to her sister and primary caretaker, Regina Belle, a Grammy Award-winning artist, who posted on her Facebook page: “The smartest part of me is dead. My brother, Bernard Belle was brilliant. Bernie, please help me shine from the sky. I love you.”

Born November 12, 1964, to the late Justice Belle and his mother, Lois Belle, who now resides in Atlanta, Bernard Belle was born and raised in his hometown of Englewood and nearby Teaneck, New Jersey.

Over the past seven years, Bernard had suffered two strokes and was later transferred from Englewood, New Jersey, to Signature HealthCARE in Buckhead, where he could be close to his parents, daughter Asia Milner and mother. Sister Regina.

A world-class musician and songwriter/producer for several award-winning pop, R&B and gospel artists, including the late Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, Bernard got his first career break in the 1980s, when Regina, who played back- plan the singer of the legendary R&B group, The Manhattans, recommended that he join the group as a bassist.

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Multi-instrumentalist (pianist, bassist, guitarist, drummer and singer), Bernard would later become one of the most gifted and prolific creators of Black Music; write hits for Michael Jackson such as “Remember the Time”, “Privacy” and “Why You Wanna Trip on Me”. He has also produced records for Whitney Houston, Aaron Hall, Keith Sweat and Al B. Sure! and today, among many others.

During his nearly 40-year career, Bernard teamed up with producer Teddy Riley, and together they established footprints and became pioneers of the New Jack Swing era and produced songs for Guy and bands. others.

Some of Bernard Belle’s other credits include “You Found Another Guy” by Boy George (composer); “Baby Come To Me” by Regina Belle (composer); “I Gotch U” (composer), “Johnny’s Back” (composer and producer); with Regina Belle’s gospel hits “God Is Good” and “Good to Be Loved” (composer); “Let’s Chill” and “Long Gone” by Guy (composer and producer); Hi-Five’s “I Just Can’t Handle It” and “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)”; “It’s Time” and “A Friend” by the Winans (producer and composer); “Get Away” by Bobby Brown, “Two Can Play That Game”, “One More Night” and “Something in Common”, a duet with Whitney Houston” (composer and backing vocalist); “If By Chance” by Patti LaBelle (composer); “I’ve Been Searchin’” and “In You” by Glenn Jones (composer and producer); “The Chosen One” and “Everytime I Think About Her” by Jaheim (writer and producer) and many more.

Bernard has received multiple Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Awards, Stellar Gospel Music Awards, and ASCAP and BMI Awards for his music as a songwriter and producer.

In 1994, he rededicated his life to Christ. He was also one of Gospel Music’s most sought after musicians and producers. Under the musical direction of Ray Chew, he was a recurring bassist on BET’s Gospel shows, Sunday clothes and the Gospel Celebration. He has also performed with gospel legends Donnie McClurkin, Shirley Caesar, Richard Smallwood, John P. Kee, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams, Tye Tribbett, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Donald Lawrence, Smokie Norful, Hezekiah Walker and BeBe & CeCe Winans.

While at the rehabilitation center, Bernard completed a series of online seminary classes and received his certification from Bradley Bible College. He was also honored by the institution for being a model patient. The Belle family would like to thank the caregivers at Signature HealthCARE for their service and commitment to Bernard during this difficult time.

Bernard Belle has five children Asia Milner of Atlanta, GA; Jahmel Belle of Charlotte, North Carolina; and his identical twin sons Tyrone Belle of Houston, TX, and Tyrell Belle of Englewood, NJ; and Ny’Jeana Belle of Charleston, South Carolina; and his mother, Lois Belle of Atlanta, GA; his sister Regina Belle; and brother-in-law, Bishop John Battle, and a host of grandchildren.