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RL Bell
Rlbell
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Age (at audition) 50
Sex Male
Act Jazz Singer
Seasons 11
Position Reached Judge Cuts

RL Bell was a jazz singer act from Season 11 of America's Got Talent. He was eliminated in the Judge Cuts.

Background

RL Bell is a massage therapist from Houston, Texas. Originally hailing from Baytown, Robert Louis Bell, known simply RL, starting out like many, in the church. Bell, however, doesn’t credit glittery recording artists as his musical influences. He keeps it close it to home, calling his parents his inspiration for singing in the church.

His father is a practicing reverend and his mother is a church musician who spent his growing up years working the music service at places like Thompson’s Chapel and McGowen Temple. At a very young age, Bell was singing in churches, talent shows and singing competitions.

As a solo artist, he classifies himself as jazz and R&B, and some have likened a stylistic resemblance to Luther Vandross. Bell has performed at weddings, parties, company functions and even NFL banquets. He regularly bounces around on the local Houston circuit, hitting favorites like The House of Blues, with his band Deep Soul. In addition to his single, “I Love You,” he performs a variety of covers from favorites like Vandross, Smokey Robinson and Prince. But he is far from keeping it local. He also performs fairly regularly on the Las Vegas Strip as lounge singer. He tried his hand at acting, performing in a nationally touring production that produced a play called Why Brake Down. His debut album, released in 2011 was called Love Songs, but he is aiming for fresh material now.

“I now have my own band together and we are performing, and people are loving us,” he said, referring to Deep Soul. “We are currently working on my album, I have performed its first single at many weddings. People say that they cannot wait for it to come out so they can purchase it.

As the winner of Texas Star, Bell received a publicity package from Woodlands-based Donna Wick Public Relations, aka Wicked Publicity, as well as recording time at a studio owned by the renowned Matthew Knowles. [1]

Audition

RL Bell's audition in Episode 1106 consisted of singing Billy Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones". Although Howie Mandel voted "No", Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell voted "Yes," sending RL to the Judge Cuts.

Judge Cuts

RL Bell's Judge Cuts performance in Episode 1108 consisted of singing Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On". RL's performance was not strong enough for the judges to send him to the Quarterfinals, eliminating him from the competition instead of Moya Angela.

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