Saturday, May 17, 2014

Corry Bell Interview (first aired 2012)

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.

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