“After the Melbourne lockdown (over 100 days) I found this amazing singer Jennifer David’s. She respected that I was a guy trying to transpose eighties music into the twenties. “
“Her interpretation of what I was trying to do was extraordinary and I am just fortunate she was the first artist to come my way.”
‘Interestingly I had written the song, looking out over Melbourne’s bay, with the intention it be translated into Korean. There is this adult contemporary singer Park Ji Yoon who I visualised singing it. However, I couldn’t be happier about how it turned out.’
‘Of course, I was always wondering how the magnificent David Foster would tackle such a piece. He has really given me something to aim for’
‘My thrill is to take relatively unknown, very unique and talented singers and compose and arrange retro songs that they record.’
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Steve Bell was brought up on seventies and eighties pop, soul and funk. He was obsessed with Earth Wind and Fire, Bee Gees, Al Jarreau, Gino Vannelli, TOTO, George Benson and, the great, David Foster. He liked class music with rich melodies - a big feature of his own writing today.
While at college he played drums in numerous bands, but in his own words ‘wasn’t much chop at that’. But he did have a knack for playing piano by ear and writing ‘kind of cool’ ballads and soul songs.
In his twenties he had a part-time role (on top of his day job) as a pop music critic for a local arts magazine, where he interviewed acclaimed artists from across the world. His interviews were always deep and focused on learning more and more about great songwriting and performing. Then he took a break - for over 25 years, running his company and being a family ‘guy’. However, he yearned for creative endeavours and once locked down during the COVID crisis, he started writing songs again. His first song ‘Lonely View’ was written looking out across the local bay from his composing studio and recorded using the amazing vocals of Jennifer Davids. Thus he started the journey of identifying a talented singer every few months and penning them a song with rich 70s and 80s melodies and jazz pop inspired chord structures.
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