When she finally asked herself "What is my purpose in life?", Joell Regal realized
she was at THE crossroads... HER crossroads. A moment in life where she truly felt
the strength of her own blues. Using the moment as a catalyst, Joell reverted back
to her childhood fascination with Billie Holiday and other artists she loved as a
teenager, like Alanis Morrisette and Lauryn Hill. Mixing this emotional connection
with a newfound reflection on the past led to a modern day passion for creating
music like she'd never done before. Turning real life experiences into her own
melodic words became a regular thing. Soon, Joell found she was not just writing
for her own voice, but also from the voice of others in a way that felt totally
surreal and as natural as her hair. After a few years of stumbling blocks, stepping
stones, and with an undeniable mantra of anything worth having is also worth
fighting for, she's now ready to celebrate her growth with the release of this debut, five song
Born in Montgomery, Alabama Joell Regal fell in love with music as a 7 year-old
child. She learned several instruments as a teenager, including the cello at
Ramsay High in Birmingham... one of only three International Baccalaureate
schools in the Magic City. Her mother was at 16th Street Baptist Church when it
was bombed and 4 young girls lost their lives so the Civil Rights era was still very
real to Joell as a child. It also influenced her music and after attending The
University of Montevallo, a liberal arts college located at the physical center of
the state, Joell picked up the guitar and got serious about performing as well as
writing music. Following the birth of her own daughter, the fire inside was lit, and
she's been determined to be heard ever since.
With songs like 'Promise Land' and 'So Black', Joell shows support for her culture,
and for the kind of man she ultimately wants to honor with love... call it pride
without prejudice. Often interpreted as a "Royal Prophet", Joell Regal is
comfortable wearing the crown of a Queen, as well as being the casual girl next
On tracks like 'Love of You' and 'Forbidden Fruit', she reveals a side that many
women still want to hide... showing vulnerability, and embracing it in hopes of
encouraging others to do the same. Often casting a spell on listeners with her
introspective honesty, Joell lifts them up on Rainbows and Sunshine... a universal
sing-along that makes you want to shake off all your worries, and dance out in the
Poised to make bigger and more significant contributions through her music in
the years ahead, Joell Regal is a new kind of southern voice. Speaking the
language of love and compassion... hoping to light a candle of enthusiasm that can spread
through her audience - one song at a time.
Catch Joell this Friday 10/21 at Black Market Bar in 5 Pts Southside Birmingham.
BTW! Be sure to tune in to ABC 33/40 on Monday 10/31/16 @ 9am to catch Joell's live segment!
Check out this hot track: So Black!
Joell Regal Official Press Release