In 1985, William Bell launched Wilbe Records in Atlanta, GA.
USA and issued the album Passion, which produced three chart singles in the U.S. and was a major hit in the U.K.
“I Don’t Want to Wake Up Feeling Guilty”, a duet with Janice Bullock from that album, stayed on the American charts for close to nine months. A song from that album, “Headline News,” was released as a single in England and was later voted one of the top ten records in 1987 by the readers of Blues & Soul magazine in the U.K.
In addition to releasing more of his own albums in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, William began to produce and develop other artists for his Wilbe label. Artists such as:
Janice Bullock, Jeff Floyd, Lola, Joey Gilmore, Wizard Jones, Fred Bolton, Eddie FloydJerome Roberson, Total Package Band, Dave Morris, Hardway Connection, Vision, Jacquel, 4 His Glory, Tony O
Which helped solidify Wilbe Records’ status as the premier Independent Soul label.
World class producer Reginald “Wizard” Jones along with Mr. Bell, also helped establish & maintain the patented Wilbe Records
In 2000, William returned to the recording studio and released “A Portrait Is Forever”, an album of all original songs, followed by “New Lease On Life”, “Live In NYC”, & “Greatest Hits – Collector’s Edition”.
Wilbe Records was received numerous awards since it’s founding and remains a relevant force in the world of Soul music!
Tony O, was heavily inspired by the sounds that emanated from the local church and radio stations in his hometown of Selma, AL. He cites male vocalists such as Otis Redding, William Bell, David Ruffin and Isaac Hayes as major influences in shaping his vocal style. Growing up, Tony also appreciated the orchestral arrangements coming out of Philadelphia in the 1970’s. Years later, upon relocating to Atlanta, GA, he became a member of the legendary William Bell’s backing band as a background vocalist and was often featured performing classic soul medleys which received critical acclaim.
Is the most recent signee to the Wilbe Record label who have released his brand new single “Chill In The Air” produced by William Bell and Wizard Jones for UAC radio airplay.This raw vocal talent is sure to have quite an impact on the world of contemporary R&B now and for years to come….welcome Tony O.!
Director of Marketing & Promotions – Wilbe Records
(A Division of Wilbe Productions, Inc.)