What a joy to re-air this wonderful chat with Corry Bell. Corry is the lead singer of Messianic band Lev Shelo.
When Corry Bell was a little girl, her parents would have her sing
for relatives and friends, which lead to her involvement in school
musicals and choir events. After high school, she met Yeshua and quickly
began a lifetime of ministry in the arts, using her experience in music
as a backdrop. In 1987, she hosted a cable TV music video program in
Southern California called "Rock Of Ages" where she conducted artist
interviews and introduced videos for the show. She has made numerous
appearances on stage and in local television programs and even worked
for a Christian radio station for the season.
To her great surprise, Corry found out she had an extensive Jewish
family history, not known to her before 2002. After 22 years in the
church, it became apparent she had to find a way to reconcile her belief
in Yeshua with her Jewishness. In the spring of 2003, she began to
attend Beth Emunah Messianic Synagogue, connected with her Jewish
identity, joined the worship team there and accepted the position of
Music Director in the fall of 2004.
In 2005, the Lord gave Corry a vision, a recurring "thought" if you
will, for this band, this ministry. After 20 years of laying down her
own ambitions in music to serve the Lord, He was now reviving that which
she had thought was dead. Now, she had to move forward in that calling.
After making some decisions about the direction to take, she approached
Mark Keller about forming a band and doing a CD. Lev Shelo was "born."
Corry's first experiences with the band she helped create included
leading worship at the MJAA Southwest Regional conference and for the
next 4 years, she and Mark and others lead praise and worship there, and
also at Messiah Conference in Pennsylvania in 2007 and 2008, opening
for such artists as Paul Wilbur, Marty Goetz, Ted Pearce and Joel
Chernoff. The band's debut CD, "Or HaOlam," released in August of 2010,
is the result of these experiences and the many requests from
congregations all over the world to make their music available.