Inside The Music World of Michael Bell & Bell Time Records
Lansing, Michigan native Michael Bell is a nationally recognized music producer, musical performer, songwriter/composer, studio engineer and artist promoter. He began his professional career as a teenager playing guitar for some of the most beloved names in R&B and Soul at the time, such as David Ruffin, Tyrone Davis, Laura Lee, The Floaters, Tyrone Davis and many others.
In recent years, he has focused on the exploding area of digital music, especially mobile music distribution, in which he is a pioneer in the area of real music ringtones. Michael has personally produced much of Warner Music’s ringtone catalog, as well as those of countless Indie artists, such as Arcade Fire, Tamalaneh, Jelixa, The Civil Wars, Dr. Allean Varnado Lang, Gloria Jones, Jeannine Byerly, and many others. His work is distributed through iTunes and all of the major mobile phone companies such as Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and MetroPCS.
When Michael isn’t traveling around the country playing and producing live shows, Michael can be found hard at work in his studio at Belltime Productions in South Lansing, focusing on his own songwriting and producing up-and-coming bands and artists. Michael says, “I have been fortunate to be a working musician most of my life. Working with young musicians provides the opportunity to give back.” He adds, “Making a living in music today means mastering technology in both production and distribution. I spend as much time on the technology as I do on the music.” Still, Michael says, “A good song is where it all starts. Without that, the technology won’t do you much good.”
Michael has expanded his “Bell Time Records” brand by creating additions such as; Bell Time Records Radio, Bell Time Records World Wide Digital Distribution, and Bell Time Records “New Artist News” Magazine. These additions were created to better provide needed services for the indie artists that are seeking to expose their music to a broader listening audience and potential buyers. Michael has promoted 8 songs through his “Bell Time Records Radio” that has had top 50 National Charting positions, 1 o f which charted at #19,, and another at #11.
Blessed with enormous talent, good health, and a philosophy of kindness in all he does, Michael looks forward to making sure that Michigan continues to produce and deliver to the world the highest quality musical experiences that talent and technology will allow, for many more years to come.
Michael Bell, Producer