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Friday, July 15, 2011
GABRIEL BELLO DEBUTS AT #1 WITH HIS PREMIER JAZZ RELEASE
On June 21st 2011 Gabriel Bello released his first album self titled Gabriel Bello (which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz charts) and immediately many Jazz radio stations and fans were excited. The airplay for his singles "Ice Box" and "Crazy" initially grew most rapidly in Europe and Asia and then grew at a fast rate in the United States. Once the fans heard the music, they could not wait to buy the album and began writing to try and get it as a pre order. It’s being described as soul infused, R&B, jazz, and hip-hop with a Pop twist. He was born into a musical family in Lawrence, MA, (his family is originally from the Dominican Republic). Gabriel's family relocated in his youth to the quiet college town of DeLand, FL. Here he spent most of his young adult life singing in church choirs and learning to play the saxophone. He was accepted at Lee University in Cleveland, TN and began a promising career in music. While attending college, he was feeling sick one day and was shocked to find out from his doctors that it was more serious than he had thought. Gabriel was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease (lymphoma) and had to leave school in order to endure six months of chemotherapy. In the midst of his treatment he was invited to play for Ron Kenoly, during this event he was miraculously healed and has been in remission ever since. Gabriel continues his pursuit of music in all its forms: producer, songwriter, vocalist, programmer, saxophones, keyboards, flute, drums, guitar and he arranges vocals and instruments. Bello has performed with Alvin Slaughter, Gary Oliver, Ron Kenoly, Geron Davis, Christ Church Choir, Jentzen Franklin, and Rascal Flatts just to name a few, and his musical influences include Michael Jackson/Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Brian Mcknight, Tower of Power, Grover Washington Jr., Fred Hammond, John Willams and many more. Gabriel Bellos is available on ECMD / Fontana /Universal Music and Video Distribution (UMVD).