The Bell Singers of Memphis, Tennessee
The Bell Singers were formed 38 years ago by Mrs. Dora Bell who wanted to do something to keep her children out of the streets so she kept them in church and thus formed "The Bell Singers". They are a group of dedicated Christian people striving hard to promote gospel throughout the nation. They have been in existence since 1973, there are seven members within the group: Mrs. Dora Bell(Founder), Stella Bell-Alexander, Patricia Bell-Artison, Willie Artison, Linda Bell-Ellis, Rev. Danny Bell, Beverly Bell, Beatrice Haywood and Rev. Manuel Somerville. They enjoy singing for the Lord and don't mind letting the world know whose side they're on. Over the years the Lord has blessed them to release six recordings, the latest CD entitled "God Is Wonderful", was released May 2005. We just finished a "LIVE VIDEO Recording that was released in January 2011. They have performed on stage with many other national artists such as Lee Williams & the QCs, The Williams Brothers, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Doc Mckenzie, The Canton Spirituals, just to name a few. They have appeared on The Bobby Jones Gospel Explosion X in Nashville, TN; The American Gospel Quartet Covention in Birmingham, AL several times; The Bobby Hurd Workshop and Showcase in Decatur, GA; and many other Gospel Festivals. They have had the pleasure of performing in many different cities and states and have received numerous awards, certificates, trophies, etc., throughout their 38 years of singing God's Praises. In the year 2001 they received the "Family Musical Group of the Year" award from the Eastern Arkansas Gospel Music Awards. They were selected as "The Memphis Artist of the Month" for January 2005 by the Memphis Gospel Internet Headquarters and received a very favorable review of their latest CD "God Is Wonderful" from Gloryland Gospel for Independent Artist for the month of May 2005. The Bell Singers won the award for Female Quartet of the year in July 2009 at the Rhythm of Gospel Awards in Pine Bluff, AR. The Bell Singers will continue to strive forward spreading God's word in song and because They Are The Bell Singers, they know that with the help of God they will succeed in whatever they set out to do in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Mrs. Dora Bell - Founder & Spiritual Advisor
Mrs. Dora Bell, born September 21st, is the Spiritual Advisor for the Bell Singers. She has been a member and Lead Singer of the group for 35 years. She is the founder of the group. She is a member of the Christian United M.B. Church in Memphis, Tennessee where Rev. J.L. Armstrong is pastor. Her hobbies and interests are singing and sewing. Mrs. Bell Leads the song on our latest CD entitled "Just A Closer Walk With Thee".
Willie E. Artison - CEO of Sacred Love Records, Manager & Booking Manager for The Bell Singers
Willie is the CEO of Sacred Love Records, where there are several artists under his label, including the Bell Singers. He and Patricia Artison have been married 22 years (October 18th). He is a member of the Philadelphia M.B. Church in Rossville, Tennessee where he serves as a Deacon. He enjoys singing, listening to good Gospel CDs, sports, excercising, spending time with his wife and family and always willing to learn new things!
Stella (Bell) Alexander - Secretary
Stella Alexander, born September 20th, is the Secretary for the Bell Singers. She has 5 children. Has been a member for 35 years. She is a Lead Singer and Sings 1st Soprano. She is a member of the Christian United M.B. Church in Memphis, Tennessee where Rev. J.L. Armstrong is Pastor. Her Hobbies and Interests are Sewing, Reading and Singing.
Patricia (Bell) Artison - Promotional Manager
Patricia (Bell) Artison, born May 21st, serves as Lead Singer and is the Promotional Manager for the group. She has been a member for 35 years. She is married to Willie E. Artison, CEO of Sacred Love Records, Manager/Booking Mgr for the Bell Singers. She is a member of the Philadelphia M.B. Church in Rossville, Tennessee under the leadership of Rev. O. Williams, Jr., where she serves a Deaconess. Her hobbies and interests are singing and working on computers. She also enjoys going to movies, gospel plays and concerts. Pat can be heard leading songs on the latest CD such as "God Is Wonderful", "Thank You Lord", "So Glad", "Sit Down With Jesus", "We Need To Pray", and "He's Coming".
Linda (Bell) Ellis - Treasurer
Linda Ellis, born September 5th, is Treasurer for the group. She has three sons, "Travis 28, Tre 16 and Trenton 15 and she has 1 beautiful little grandbaby girl (Jamiera)! Linda enjoys singing, going to movies, plays, gospel concerts and meeting new friends. She has been a member of the Bell Singers for 35 years. She is a member of the Union Grove M.B. Church in Memphis, Tennessee where Rev. Bobbie G. Jones is Pastor. Linda Lead songs on the latest CD such as "I'll Wait Right Here" and "I'll Make It Alright".
Mrs. Beverly Bell - Chaplain
Beverly Trice-Bell was born on January 24th,the proud wife of Rev. Danny C. Bell, Sr. and is the proud mother of three handsome sons; and two goddaughters. She is a member of the True Love Christian Ministries, where the Rev. Patrick Stewart is pastor. She is a student at Remington College and has accepted a scholarship to Baptist College of Nursing in the Fall of 2010. Beverly has been singing since the age of 4,and has sung with The New Life Gospel Singers and The Hughes Singers of Helena, Arkansas for many years. She enjoys gospel concerts, composing songs, and spending time with family and friends.
Rev. Danny Bell - Lead Guitarist
Rev. Danny Bell was born on April 3rd, he is married to Mrs. Beverly Bell. He is a very talented young man who has written many songs and who has sung and played with many Major and Local groups around the world and abroad, such as the Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Pilgrim Jubilees, The Jackson Southernaires, The Canton Spirituals, The Bibleaires, The Memphis Harmonizers and many many more. He is now singing and playing with his family “The Bell Singers”. He is a member of the True Love Christian Ministries, where Rev. Patrick Stewart is pastor. There is probably not a note that he can’t hit or a song that he can’t sing! This young man is very gifted in many ways. He loves reading the word, singing and playing the guitar. He enjoys being around family and friends.
Rev. Manuel Somerville - Bass Player
Manuel Somerville was born February 13, he has been married for 2 years. He enjoy sports, going to church and spending time with his family. He started out as the drummer for the group and then a few years later God elevated him to become the Bass Player. He is also the Mens Clothes Coordinator, and wherever the Bell Singers have to go Manuel is their Driver and God is The Co-Pilot. He has a lovely wife Tamika, and two beautiful little girls, Mykia & Shyia. He is a member of Historical First Baptist Millington, Quintin R. Smith is Pastor. He has been with the group for 11 years and is very happy with the things that God has done for him and The Bell Singers. His favorite scripture is Psalms 51 where David is asking the Lord to Create in Him a Clean Heart and Renew in him the right Spirit. Last but not least, Manuel wants the Bell Singers to know that when you are burden down, just look to the hills from which cometh our help, because all our Help Comes from the Lord. May God Bless you real good!!!!!
Born February 27, 1951 in Marion, AR. She is the mother of six children.She is a member of New Zionfield Baptist Church under the Leadership of Pastor Climmie Livington, Jr., where she sings in the choir and also serves as The President of the Choir, Superintendent of Sunday School and she serves in many other capacities in the church. Her motto is: I can Do all things through Christ that strenghtens me.