‘X Factor’ sensation brings soulful sound to Grass Valley | TheUnion.com

‘X Factor’ sensation brings soulful sound to Grass Valley

Seattle’s own “X Factor” finalist and respected timeless and soulful songwriter LeRoy Bell — who has opened for stars such B.B. King, Joe Cocker, Mavis Staples and the late Etta James — will stop in Grass Valley for an 8 p.m. Saturday concert presented by the Center for the Arts.

Bell, nephew of legendary Philly soul songwriter/producer Thom Bell, spent years writing songs for other artists, including Elton John, the Temptations, the O’Jays, Spinners, Teddy Pendergrass and Lou Rawls.

Bell has self-produced and released six CDs over the past decade. His sixth CD, “Rock ‘N Soul,” is his first release since gaining global presence in 120 countries as a top-10 finalist on the first season of “The X Factor” (2011).

Bell and his band have performed with Van Morrison, Fitz and the Tantrums, Sheryl Crow, B.B. King, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Al Green, Idina Menzel, Sharon Jones & The Dap King, Paolo Nutini, India.Arie, Erykah Badu, LeAnne Rimes, Joan Osborne, Michael McDonald, Suzanne Vega, Colin Hay, Mavis Staples, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, Sonny Landreth, Charlie Musselwhite and Los Lobos.

B.B. King personally invited Bell to open for him at his 2007 historic return to The Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.

Tickets for Saturday’s show are $18 for members of the Center, $22 for non-members. They can be purchased at BriarPatch Co-op or at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384, ext. 14, or online at http:// thecenterforthearts.org.

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