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As far back as they can remember, The Bell Boys [Erik, Jacob and Elijah Bell] have been playing and performing music. While growing up in Stockton, Ca, they originally began performing in church under the leadership of their minister father, Xavier Bell and the guidance of their older sister Autumn Santovi (Bell), who was previously well educated in music writing and music theory.
“We were just told to pick up an instrument and learn it” claims one of the brothers.
After following the direction of their father and older sister, the boys began to develop skills on their own. Originally Erik and Jacob, the oldest of the 3, began receiving drum lessons from a musician within their father congregation. “We liked to go to lessons, but both of us didn’t like practicing” admits Erik. Jacob eventually veered away from playing drums and picked up electric guitar when he received one as a Christmas gift. From there, Elijah wasted no time in learning the skills previously acquired by his two brothers and he too began practicing drums after Sunday services as well as in the garage of the family home whenever he had the opportunity.
As the boys went through high school and college, they had a number of different music ventures. In 2004, the Bell Family relocated to the Northern Wisconsin where Jacob (Guitar) and Elijah (Drums) formed a Pop/Punk trio known as Jean Hagen with their neighbor John Koepp (Bass). They played all over the Midwest and gained a loyal following within the local music scene. Erik, who stayed in California to attend college, played drums and became the vocalist for a local Santa Cruz indie rock band under the name Synonyms for Silence. It was at this time Erik began learning guitar and writing songs and after Synonyms for Silence disbanded in 2007, Erik pursued music as an acoustic singer/songwriter.
In the spring of 2009, on the back porch of the Wisconsin family home, Erik, Jacob and Elijah Bell resolved in perusing a new musical venture together, in what would inevitably be called, “The Bell Boys.”
Their beginnings of this musical combination were such of growth and discovery as the boys began to hone in on their individual talents while at the same time remaining focused on their personal musical goals and ambitions.
As a group, The Bell Boys blend some of their favorite genres into a fresh sound influenced by Indie Pop, Bluesy Funk, Hip Hop & Rock and can be explained as:
“A unique musical combination of multiple genres spread across a platform of vocal harmonization and hard hitting rhythmic movement.”
Simply put their music makes you want to dance and they can sing really good harmonies.
Now residing in Sacramento, Ca and with musical identification, career aspirations and immense creativity, The Bell Boys are confident in their ability to successfully achieve their musical goals while pursuing their lifelong passion of being a significant contributor both within the music industry and musician community. While they continue to invest in their fan base across the country it is understood that this combination of musicians is one that reflects the importance of family values and the pursuance of all things necessary to provide themselves with a career in the music that runs through their veins. Literally.