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Celebrated songstress Regina Belle is back with the most personal album of her career. Lazy Afternoon, recorded by Belle in Los Angeles with veteran producer George Duke, is a thrilling, soul-satisfying collection of beloved rhythm & blues staples, swinging jazz standards, moody torch songs and golden classics; all delivered in Belle's sultry, precise phrasing with memorable, contemporary arrangements. Just her second project for the Peak Records label, Lazy Afternoon finds Belle offering the listener the very heart of her Grammy-winning creative gifts.

Belle gives stellar, vibrant readings of the Broadway tunes "Lazy Afternoon" and "If I Ruled The World," breathes new life into the standards "Fly Me To The Moon" and "The Man I Love," and shares cautionary tales in her own inspirational composition "There's A Love." On the Brazilian gem "Corcovado," she caresses the English lyrics and whispers seductively in Portuguese, while an unrehearsed moment reminiscing with background singers the Perry Sisters in the studio becomes a breathless, off-the-cuff performance of Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes' "The Love I Lost" and the Isley Brothers' "For The Love Of You." On this unique and challenging mix of material, Belle gives free reign to her glorious, jazz and gospel-infused voice, making each of the album's twelve tracks her very own.

While continuing to perfect her songcraft, Belle has also built a happy home life in suburban Atlanta with her husband, former NBA player John Battle, and four of her five children. (Her oldest daughter is grown with a family of her own.) She and Battle also contribute to the community, having formed Feed The Homeless together with her mother and the family pastor. The organization has been providing meals to Atlanta's homeless population for the last eight years.

With her down-to-earth personality grounded by faith, family, and fellowship, Belle hopes that fans will relate to the very personal vibe of Lazy Afternoon. "I think when they hear it they'll say, 'We always knew she was going to do this,'" she says. "I really think if they listen, they'll be able to feel what it is I was feeling when I was in the studio with these cats. The goal was to really combine the R&B and jazz stuff, just mesh it together and make it work. I'm hoping they'll be appreciative of my efforts."

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