Jerome Bell

Texas-born, NYC-based singer, actor, and all-around talent Jerome Bell has already had his fair share of success – from his role as “Seaweed J. Stubbs” in the hit Broadway musical Hairspray, to a top 40 semi-finalist on American Idol Season 10 (and even a performance during the 66th Annual Tony Awards), Bell has had some amazing opportunities to share his fantastic gifts. Today, we’re Jerome Bell1exciting to share the news of new music from Bell – a soul pop single with RnB sensibilities titled “Burn Easy”.

Jerome told us more about the melodic tune: “Fans can expect a song to add to their ‘Summer Jams’ playlist or even something for the gym. Josh Tobias actually wrote ‘Burn Easy’, I just contributed to the vocal arrangements and switched a few words around (laughing)!” Click to sample “Burn Easy” for yourself…right after a good read of all the answers to the XXQs below.

XXQs: Jerome Bell (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what makes you stand out from others in your genre?

Jerome Bell (JB): My sound is Pop/Soul. I think what makes me different from most in my genre is vocally I’m a throwback to Classic RnB (David Ruffin, Luther Vandross), but I like to write catchy hooks with simple melodies. It’s very rare to do BOTH.

PEV: Calling New York home, what kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert? 

JB: Growing up in Texas I was exposed to ALL types of music from Motown to Bluegrass so I believe that it made me well rounded as a singer-songwriter. My very first concert was the ORIGINAL members of Destiny’s Child.

PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene when you first started? What was your first show like? 

JB: It felt IMPOSSIBLE when I first started, but I was determined from a very young age that this is what I wanted and I would continue to FIGHT for it! My first solo show was actually in NYC at a place called Rockwood Music Hall and I was so nervous I pretty much went hoarse in the first two songs because I was singing so hard.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Jerome Bell show?

JB: You can expect 150 percent from me and also that I sound the same in and OUT of the studio (laughing)!

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform?

JB: It’s more of an emotion than a mindset. I feel grateful. OH, and I remind myself to breathe!

Jerome Bell4PEV: What is the best part about being on stage in front of an audience?

JB: The best part is the unknown! It’s LIVE so anything can happen!

PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music? 

JB: Relationships…meaning everything from lovers to friends to family members.

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

JB: Yes! That inspires me to keep working EVEN HARDER because I have come a LONG way, but still have a long way to go!

PEV: What happens when you hit a brick wall when writing? What are your methods to get over it?

JB: I’ll have a beer and conversation with my producer to take my mind off of it. Then I usually will have new ideas.

PEV: How do you think the industry has changed since you first started out?

JB: It’s a totally different playing field now. TOTAL 180 from when I started.

PEV: What can fans expect from your latest single, “Burn Easy”? What was the writing process like for this work? 

JB: Fans can expect a song to add to their “Summer Jams” playlist or even something for the gym. Josh Tobias actually wrote “Burn Easy”, I just contributed to the vocal arrangements and switched a few words around (laughing)!

PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?


PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?

JB: I have the MOST supportive friends and family! I’m so grateful.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

JB: Doing something active like playing basketball.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?

JB: Michael Jackson and Beyoncé…no reason needed (laughing)!

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

JB: Snoh Aalegra is one of my favorite artists out right now! She’s beautiful and the tone of her voice is magic!

PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what would you do for a career?

JB: Either a dentist or something to do with helping animals.

PEV: So, what is next for Jerome Bell?

JB: World Domination (laughing)! Really I just want to keep making a living doing something that NEVER feels like work.

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