Regina Belle's brand new album The Day Life Began debuts at #11 on Billboard's Gospel Album chart. One of the songs off the album that is getting lots of support from Gospel radio is "He's Alight."
"God is definitely all right with me," she said. "He's been with me every step of the way through these 30 years of my career and these 52 years of my life."
Belle brims with lots of gratitude these days since the Lord healed her of a life-threatening brain tumor in 2009. The surgery left her clinically deaf in her left ear. She went though months of therapy, not being able to feed herself or walk without assistance.
Given a new lease of life, Belle wants every song on her new CD to have a message. "You don't work this many years in music without taking on the responsibility and accountability to let people know there's another way out," she said. "Even with singing R&B, it's important to have a message."
She selected the title for the CD because it applies to all of life's experiences whether it's the first child, finding God, falling in love or discovering your passion. For her, it's faith and her music.
The CD was recorded in California on a restored microphone used by Jimi Hendrix. She worked with the Heavyweights, Jamie Jones of the group All-4-One and Jack Kugell, whom she calls her "brothers from different mothers." They recorded 10 songs in five days.
"Now you know that was super crazy awesome," she said, "especially when you have artists who go in the studio today and take a month to record a verse."