Ricky Bell is a famous American pop/R&B singer. He is most well-known for combining two music styles namely rap and R&B to create his own style called ‘New Jack Swing’ sound. Ricky Bell belongs to two well-known music groups namely ‘New Edition’ and ‘Bell Biv DeVoe.’
Interestingly, Ricky Bell is a back vocalist for ‘New Edition’ while he is the lead/co-lead of ‘Bell Biv DeVoe.’ In 2000, Ricky Bell released his first solo album called Ricardo Campana. Continue reading to find the net worth of Ricky Bell as of 2018.
Early Life & Biography:
Ricky Bell (Ricardo Bell) was born on 18th September 1967 in Roxbury, Massachusetts in the US. Ricky was the youngest of eleven children who were raised in Orchard Park Projects.
As a member of ‘New Edition’ and ‘Bell Biv DeVoe,’ Ricky Bell has appeared in several television series and movies. These include ‘Family Matters,’ ‘Knight Rider,’ ‘Krush Groove,’ ‘New York Undercover,’ ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,’ and others.
In 2004, Ralph Tresvant and Ricky Bell went for a double wedding. This was when Ricky Bell married Amy Correa, the actress. The couple does not have any children yet.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
In 1978, Ricky Bell and Ralph Tresvant, his close friend, formed the music group called ‘Ricky and Ralph.’ Together they performed for three decades. In 1983, Ricky Bell along with Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant, and Ronnie DeVoe formed ‘New Edition.’ This group ‘New Edition’ remained extremely popular from the 1980s for the next 25 years. In the mid-1980s, Bobby Brown left the group, and Johnny Gill joined in his place. The ‘New Edition’ group released the album called ‘Heartbreak.’ In the ‘New Edition’ group, Ricky Bell was a backup vocalist.
‘Jimmy Jam,’ the Record Production Company came up with the idea of the spin-off group of BBD. This BBD comprised of Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe and the group was called ‘Bell Biv DeVoe’ (BBD). Ricky Bell became the designated lead singer of this BBD group. The music style used by BBD was unique. The music was a combination of rap and R&B styles giving rise to ‘New Jack Swing’ sound.
In the 1990s BBD released album, Ricky Bell was the lead and co-lead singer. Except ‘Hot2Nite’, ‘Hit Me Off’, and Bobby Brown’s lead song ‘You Don’t Have to Worry,’ Ricky Bell performed all other lead/co-lead songs. Ricky Bell’s songs, ‘I’m Still in Love With You’ attributing Ralph Tresvant was translated to Spanish ‘Siempre Tu’ and ‘One More Day.’
In 1990, the group BBD released their first album, ‘Poison’ that was recognized as Platinum for four times and its follow-ups were Gold. In 2000, Ricky Bell released his album called Ricardo Campana. The BBD group has performed together, but since 2001, they have not released anything new. Ricky Bell performed the super hit song “Poison” along with Ne-Yo in BET Awards (2009).
As a member of the ‘New Edition’ group, Ricky Bell won the Golden Note Award (2008). This award Ricky Bell received at the ASCAP’s 21st Annual Rhythm and Soul Music Awards. The same year, the New Edition group celebrated their 25th Anniversary.
Net Worth & Earnings:
The estimated net worth of Ricky Bell is $17 million. Most of his wealth and net worth comes from his albums released. Ricky Bell belongs to two famous music groups namely ‘New Edition’ and ‘Bell Biv DeVoe.’ The latter group specialized in ‘New Jack Swing’ sound. This group’s released album called ‘Poison’ was four times Platinum, and the following music was Gold. Ricky Bell has also earned from appearing in television series and movies.
At present, Ricky Bell tours with BBD. This group specializes in combined rap and R&B music known as ‘New Jack Swing.’ Recently, BBD released their new first album called ‘Three Stipes’ in fifteen years.