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Vanessa Bell Armstrong made her solo debut on Onyx/Muscle Shoals Sound Records in 1983 with the album Peace Be Still. The title track has since became one of Armstrong’s signature songs. Armstrong’s second album Chosen hit number one on the US Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.

Bell Armstrong performed on the 1st Annual Soul Train Awards ceremony. Her 1986 album Following Jesus won a Soul Train Music Award for Best Gospel Album - Solo in 1988. She is also a seven time Grammy Award-nominee.

The cover of Armstrong’s 1987 Billboard-charting mainstream 7” single “You Bring Out The Best In Me.”Vanessa enjoyed a slice of mainstream success in the late 80’s. Her self-titled 1987 Jive Records debut yielded the Billboard-charting hit “You Bring Out The Best In Me,” as well as the club favorite “Pressing On.” [1][3] The next year’s follow-up album Wonderful One featured a cover of the Labi Siffre anti-Apartheid anthem “Something Inside So Strong.” The song was later remade in 1995 by Armstrong along with Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond, Tramaine Hawkins, Yolanda Adams, and a host of other gospel artists as a tribute to Rosa Parks. The song was serviced to radio stations to play on the 40th anniversary of the civil rights icon’s arrest.

Armstrong appeared on Broadway in 1991 in a production of Don’t Get God Started. “Always,” a Marvin Winans composition that anchors the play, also appears on Armstrong’s 1987 self-titled album. Her Broadway role lead to a cameo appearance in the Oprah Winfrey TV special The Women of Brewster Place. Armstrong was also chosen to record the theme to the popular 80’s NBC sitcom Amen.


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  • puremusic4ever

    Hello, Family: I regret to inform you that Terrence Armstrong passed away this evening. Terrence was the only son of recording artist Vanessa Bell Armstrong and the nephew of Margaret Bell. Terrence recorded a song on his mother's 1990 release entitled "The Truth About Christmas". The song was entitled "Joy". Terrence will be missed. Please keep The Bell Family and The Armstrong Family in your thoughts and prayers. Vanessa, we are all praying for you. We love you. Sorrowfully submitted... puremusic4ever (Brian)

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • amfalls

    what a amazing talent

    4 Jun 2012 Reply
  • dpbaul

    Vanessa Bell has one of the best vocals of ANY artist - gospel or secular music. She is truly an underated talent that should be heralded for her phenomenal gift and message.

    24 Feb 2012 Reply
  • lovnlife

    VBA has a new EP out called "Timeless"... it features all her hits like Nobody But Jesus, Shine On Me with new vocals !!!

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • unity10

    I could listen to VBA all day and never get tired her ministry of music are testimony, inspiration and blessing to me! Peace Be Still, It's Over Now, Good News are my testimony.

    27 Oct 2010 Reply
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    22 Jan 2010 Reply
  • discotequedude

    The theme song to the hit Television situation comedy, "Amen", titled "Shine On Me" is one of the most thrilling and impressive vocals I have ever heard!

    25 Apr 2009 Reply
  • mocholeelove

    Im waiting Lord......

    2 Mar 2009 Reply
  • amarrishay

    Amazing voice, she is truly blessed and a blessing to others.

    20 Jun 2008 Reply
  • MrStyle

    Wow barely 2000 plays...this woman voice is truly blessed by God.

    13 Sep 2007 Reply

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