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Belle at the Gala!

Award-Winning, R&B Singer Featured at LU President’s Gala

By ROBERT E. BARNES

Regina Belle, the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer will headline the Langston University President’s Scholarship Gala to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St. The renowned singer started her career in the 1980’s. Known for her singles, "Baby Come to Me" (1989) and "Make It Like It Was" (1990), the singer is most notable for two hit duets, both with Peabo Bryson: "Without You,” the love theme from the comedy film, “Leonard Part 6”, recorded in 1987, and "A Whole New World,” the main theme of the Disney's animated feature film, “Aladdin,” recorded in 1992, with which Miss Belle and Mr. Bryson won the Grammy Award. The theme song, "Far Longer than Forever,” from the animated movie, “The Swan Princess,” performed with Jeffrey Osborne was, nominated for a Golden Globe in 1995 for Best Original Song. A native of Englewood, N.J., the singer got her start singing at that city’s Mt. Calvary’s Baptist Church and then at the Friendship Baptist Church in Paterson, N.J., of which her uncle was pastor. She sang her first solo in church at age...

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