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Discography

Lisa Bell:
It's All About Love 2005
Dare To Be... 2001

Robert Johnson:
Black Prince Road 2006
Richard The Third 1997

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Celebrating famous pairings throughout the years, Johnson and Bell pay tribute to a variety of musical talents and styles, which can be tailored for the specific needs of each show. Their pairings include timeless classics such as Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers, Natalie and Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli and Ray Charles and Diana Krall; as well as the R&B styling of Patti Austin and James Ingram, Marvin Gay and Tammi Terrell, and Ike & Tina Turner. The show is also infused with a variety of jazz standards, Motown & R&B cover tunes as well as original music composed by Johnson and Bell, with both solo and duo performances.

Audience members have declared that Johnson & Bell light up the stage together, their combined voices taking the pair to new heights. The show’s excitement comes from its eclectic mix of music and the polished performances of two top vocalists and stage performers.

Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson is an entertainer who is equally at home in every arena of performance. He’s shared the stage with Bob Hope, Stevie Wonder and Stan Getz, has appeared in national and regional productions of Porgy and Bess, Ain’t Misbehavin, Blues In The Night, A Brief History Of White Music and as the voice of the plant in Little Shop Of Horrors.

The National Anthem is prominently featured in Robert’s repertoire, he opened the fourth game of the 1976 World Series in New York and the 1984 NBA All-Star game in Denver. He continues to sing the anthem for many national events and sports teams around the country.

His voice can be heard on countless national radio and television commercials,
and long before American Idol, Robert caused a stir on Star Search 89 with Ed McMahon becoming one of the top scoring performers in the history of the show.

Since making his home in Denver, Colorado, Robert has been named Best Male Vocalist in the Denver Posts Readers Poll, Best Jazz Vocalist by the Colorado Black Artists Association, was honored as Colorado’s Best Male Singer by the News and Radio Media and Best Male Vocalist by the Colorado Songwriters Association.

As a performer with the 17th Avenue All-Stars, an a cappella group that, in 1993 won the National Harmony Sweepstakes, Robert not only lent his vocal talents to their CD True Colors, he also produced and recorded the project. In 1999 he collaborated on the production of Jumping Through Hoops by Dotsero, a project that climbed to the top of the Billboard Jazz Charts. Johnson continues to produce CDs for a variety of talented jazz & R&B artists in his Denver studio.

In 2003 Robert traveled the globe in support of U.S. armed forces as part of the USO’s International Show Troupe “New Vision”. Performing for the troops is a passion of Robert’s due to his past military career. Today you can find Robert traveling the world keeping The Sounds Of The Platters alive as a member of the Hall Of Fame Group.

Lisa Bell
Singer & Musician magazine says “Lisa Bell is a vocalist of a caliber that is rarely found in today's music. Hands down, she has one of the most polished, effective voices I've heard in a long time.” Keyboard magazine writes "Some serious, searing, and sassy jazz fronted by the talented Ms. Bell, whose voice can soothe like butter, ache with pain, and rouse the troops."

While the theme of Lisa Bell's second album, released in 2005, may be familiar (IT'S ALL ABOUT LOVE), her style shows she is one of the new breed of female jazz singers doing it her way. You know it's a new era for jazz singers when you hear Lisa because she writes much of her own material, mixes in influences from roots rock, pop music and Broadway, and crafts compelling modern arrangements that alternate between trumpet and sax on some tunes and non-traditional jazz instruments such as dobro and pedal steel on others. Keyboardist Bill Payne of Little Feat is featured on the final searing tune of the album.

Bell, a Boulder, Colo. native, grew up singing from the time she was six-years-old. As a teenager, Lisa fell deeply in love jazz after being selected for the 24-person, top high school jazz choral group whose repertoire included tunes by Manhattan Transfer and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.

During an eight-year stint in Kansas City, Bell sang backing vocals in concert for Bobby McFerrin, Marilyn May and Ida McBeth, among others. In addition, Lisa began doing extensive studio session work, especially jingles for local radio commercials that she often co-wrote in the studio before singing them. She sang with a professional vocal ensemble “More or Less Jazz,” performed in musical theater productions in the Midwest such as "Jesus Christ Superstar," was made a vocal soloist for the Radio Days Orchestra (a 1920s-styled big band with horns and strings), and worked with the Theatre League of Kansas City on a variety show doing an impersonation of Carol Channing in "Hello, Dolly."

Bell began studying jazz seriously agai