November 7th, 2023 7:30pm Stage 2
A Bronx native, Hardy Donte' Bell was born on November 22, 1990. Falling in love with music at a young age, 8-year-old Tay Bell's ambitious rendition of Michael Jackson's "Climb Every Mountain" for his church choir was a pivotal point in Bell's musical journey.
Prompted by his parents' separation and a change of schools, Bell learned to play a wide variety of instruments, including but not limited to the violin and piano, at The Bronx Preparatory Charter School. A dedicated student and an even more dedicated musician, an effervescent Bell became a member of the school's choir, perfecting his most prized instrument, his voice.
At 15, Bell interned for Warner Music Group, referencing music for a collection of writers. Later, he'd go on to pen songs for Jamie Foxx, Mario, Ashanti, RaVaughn, and others. As a college undergraduate, Bell developed a following after winning a collection of school competitions and talent shows. After opening for Trey Songz in May of 2010, Bell's New York City buzz expanded, as did word of the young heartthrob's talent amongst the industry. His deep love and appreciation for R&B soul led Tay Bell to Philadelphia as one of the five finalists in Andre Harrell's "Superstar Soul Search" 2010 competition.
With an unwavering resolve, Bell made the decision to pursue his music career, despite battling doubts from friends and family. Bell has teamed up with a host of artists and producers to collaborate on several different projects, establishing himself as a premiere song writer.