Michel Bell began singing at an early age as a member of Carter Memorial AME
Church in Fresno, California. He performed as vocal soloist at many different
churches in the area. He was awarded a Vocal Scholarship to Chapman College in
Orange County, California.
Michel received a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of “Joe” in Hal Prince’s
production of Show Boat in his Broadway debut. Mr. Bell also appeared on
Broadway in the musical Civil War as well as Riverdance: the Musical. He also had his
West End debut at the Prince Edward Theatre in Show Boat.
At the “America’s Millennium” celebration in 2000 Michel performed on the steps of
the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. in front of more than 600,000 people
including the President and First Lady.
This recipient of the Jefferson Award (Chicago), Ovation Award (Los Angeles) and
the Outer Critic’s Circle Award (Broadway)and most recently the Kevin Kline Award
(St. Louis) is especially known for his emotional portrayal of “Porgy” in Gershwin’s
Porgy and Bess, which he performed in the United States, Berlin, Cairo, Tokyo,
Pompeii, Paris and Eritrea.
Michel has performed with the San Diego Opera, Michigan Opera, Opera Pacific and
Lyric Opera of Kansas City as well as the L.A. Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony,
Fresno Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Orchestra and also the New York Philharmonic.
He recently performed at the Royal Room Cabaret at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach,
and one reviewer wrote …”his take on Ol’ Man River, which closes the show, is simply
the best. Ever. Period.”
Michel was also formerly a member of the Fifth Dimension pop vocal group and has
performed with entertainment greats including Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Julie
Andrews, Perry Como and Sammy Davis Jr.
Michel has just finished recording his new CD “My Angel” at Capitol Records in
Hollywood. He will also perform as soloist in a World Premiere of the Fabio Luisi
Mass later this year in New York.