Ricky Bell is an American R&B singer and actor from Roxbury, Massachusetts. The vocalist rose to prominence as the lead singer of the popular American music group Bell Biv DeVoe.
Ricky Bell was a founding member of the R&B/pop group New Edition. Bell began his professional singing career as a child with his friend Ralph Tresvant.
The two expanded their musical careers by forming his New Edition, which included Ricky, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, Tresvant, and Michael Bivins.
The music group began releasing music in 1978 and has gained a lot of fame over the last thirty years. Ricardo Campana, the singer’s debut solo album, was released in 2000.
Ricky Bell, together with Bell Biv DeVoe and New Edition, has been in over 24 television episodes and movies, including Knight Rider, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, New York Undercover, Family Matters, the film Krush Groove, and several award shows.
As one of the primary members of the New Edition, Bell was nominated for the Black Reel Award in the category of Outstanding TV Movie and won the 2008 Golden Note Award. In addition, Bell was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. More than 20 million records have been sold all over the world by the group New Edition.
Ricardo Bell was born to Daniel A. and Dorothy Mae Bell on September 18th, 1967 in Roxbury, which is located in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Ricky was named after his grandfather. Bell’s ancestry can be traced back to Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Japan, and Jewish Europe.
Bell, the eleventh and youngest of a total of twelve children, spent his childhood at the Orchard Park Projects. His siblings are named Mark, Dorothy, Marcel, Bettina, Kevin, Tyrone, Wayne, Daniel, Lawan, and Anthony Bell. His sister Loretta Bell-Lewis is married to Loretta Bell-Lewis.
Ricky began his career as a singer with the assistance of a close friend named Ralph Tresvant. The two of them began recording music under the names Ricky and Ralph at the beginning of their collaboration.
After that, in 1978, he came up with the concept of forming a music group with his friends Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, and Ronnie DeVoe and naming it “New Edition.”
The band has been performing together continuously for almost three decades, having begun their career in the same year. After Brown’s departure from the band in the middle of the 1980s, a new member named Johnny Gill joined the band.
Before Gill became a part of “New Edition,” Bell had the position of most senior member of the band. After New Edition finished recording the album Heartbreak, Bell was given the opportunity to pursue a solo career, but he decided to form the group Bell Biv DeVoe instead.
BBD, better known as Bell Biv DeVoe, was the first group to consistently combine rap and R&B elements in their music. The turning point in Ricky Bell’s professional life came in 1990, when BBD released their debut album and established Ricky as a lead vocalist capable of producing chart-topping phenomenon.
In 2004, Ricky Bell entered into a double marriage with Tresvant, during which he wed the actress Amy Correal Bell.
In the middle of the 1990s, Bell battled his addiction to various substances. He started using a wide variety of substances, including marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, alcohol, and Oxycontin. In order to support his addiction, he went so far as to let his house go into foreclosure and sell all of his personal possessions.
As a direct consequence of this, he eventually overdosed on cocaine and came dangerously near to passing away, which prompted him to check himself into a rehabilitation facility. After finishing his time in rehabilitation, Bell has managed to maintain his sobriety. The fact that Bell had been struggling with substance abuse was not made public until the miniseries was broadcast in 2017.
Ricky Bell Net Worth
It is anticipated that Ricky Bell will have a net worth of around $15 million by the year 2022. The successful musician’s music career has allowed him to amass a sizeable sum of money and ensured his independence for the foreseeable future.
Album sales, live performances, a large number of R&B music tours, and a few solo releases are the key ways in which he brings in money for his career as a vocalist. He also has a few solo releases.
Along with the other members of New Edition and BBD, he amassed a considerable amount of wealth thanks to the labour he put in with the music groups. Bell is widely recognised as one of the most talented singers working in the music industry in the United States.