BLUE EYES IS BACK

 

Recently featured in the Saturday print edition of the Toronto star, Michael is beginning to feel his old magic coming back to life as he finds his stride performing clubs and theatres throughout Ontario.  He’s garnering media attention where ever he goes  and no wonder; he's a journalist's dream come true... consider the back story.

 

After a decades long hiatus, award winning singer songwriter Michael Bell returns to the stage performing the jazz classics that garnered him top chart positions at both mp3.com and myspace.com not so many years ago. Inspired by the resurgence in popularity of contemporary vocal standards, Michael has assembled top session performers, an outstanding list of songs and a management team to propel him back into the limelight.

 

Michael has had a long and varied musical career which began while in high school fronting Ontario cult success "Strobic Axe", a new wave/punk outfit that toured their independent LP and packed clubs from Stratford to Peterborough, all long before the band was old enough to drink! After graduation the band members went their own way and Michael took to busking his way back and forth across Canada (most notably packing the corner of Yonge and Dundas with folk duo "Bruce Street.") It was during his time in Toronto he was discovered by guitarist/songwriter Andy Ryan and asked to front the popular club act "Trixie Goes Hollywood." Within the month the two moved on and with the help of producer Mark Caporal formed the pop rock band "Eye Eye." The act would go on to win the 1984 Q107 Homegrown Contest and be pursued by every major label in the country...

 

At the height of his career, Michael met the woman of his dreams and decided to leave the road to start a family, a business and a new life. Though he continued to perform occassionally, fronting a number of cover/tributes (ChangesAllBowie, Canuck, Broadband), he pursued his music online and in the recording studio. He was awarded a FACTOR New Talent Award in the 90's and found himself in the studio with producer Greg Wells (Celine Dion, Katy Perry, Elton John) Between the years of 2000-2005 he independently released 5 CD's as "NumberOneWorld", topped a number of internet charts, and mentored, promoted and recorded countless young performers and bands.

 

For the past 30 years, Michael has led a diverse and successful life. He is publisher of a number of magazines including "The Wire Megazine" one of Canada's oldest alternative regional tabloids. In 2003 he launched the KnowAboutNetwork, an online network of independently operated city business and event directories spanning the globe. As a journalist, he has been granted exclusive interviews with the likes of Gene Simmons to Ralph Nader. As a model, he has appeared in campaigns promoting everything from doctors to motorcycles to hot tubs. As an activist, he ran twice as a Federal Green Party Candidate (2008, 2011) and continues to be politically active in his home town of Peterborough sitting and chairing a number of boards and committees aimed at social and environmental responsiblility. As a family man, he remains married to that same special woman and celebrates the achievements of his two adult daughters.

 

Michael returned to the stage in 2014 as a jazz singer and his been touring a show throughout theatres and resorts singing the songs of Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra.  In the winter of 2017 he launched Bowie Lives: A Musical tribute to David Bowie. The show has met with great success and is touring theatres and large clubs throughout Ontario. He is also writing and recording more original material and has targeted 2018 for the release of his latest CD. Michael also appears in the pilot episode of BestRides, a travel show aimed at Motorcycle Riders.

 

What the industry says:

 

"Michael is one of the most talented vocalists I've ever worked with."

Greg Wells: Performer/Producer (celine Dion, Elton john, Katy Perry)

 

"Forget Michael Buble, Michael Bell has a career of his own!" Jennifer Gordon Daytime Barrie TV

 

"Michael not only commands over a huge range of vocal textures and musical styles, but there's a compassion and sympathy for the human condition in his voice that warms my spirit."

Martin Gallop: Performer/Producer (Annett Louisan, Udo Lindenberg)

 

"Canadian class and style descends on Melbourne. Michael Bell's uber hip sound will lead us into another dark and moody Winter this year, his music radiating from the all elusive inner-city laneway bars and clubs. With Bowie style and sounds, Canada never looked so good."

David Jamieson (Australian Regional Trade Commissioner USA/Music)

 

What the fans say:

 

"WHAT A M A Z I N G VOICE!!! You charmed me!" Silvia - Myspace

 

"I am absolutely blown away by your voice. You are so blessed to have that gift. Love it!" Britania

 

"I cannot believe that I have never heard your music before. Your voice is completely captivating. Amazing!" Pamala

 

"Your voice is divine. I downloaded all your recordings and I listen to them every day." Alia - Myspace

 

“a big fat WOW...nothing but talent oozing out my speakers” Elsewhere and the Bumble fly - ReverbNation

 

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"Michael is one of the most talented vocalists I've ever worked with."

Greg Wells: Performer/Producer (Celine Dion, Elton John, Katy Perry)