The story of Soul/R&B singer Katrina Bello‘s music career is one that resembles the meaning fate. As a child, this Washington DC native performed in choirs and won numerous school talent shows-including wining the 2005 Washington Post Music and Dance Scholarship Award.
Although Bello still did music on the side, she entered the University of Pittsburgh to study nursing. However her life was about to change when she won a prize from SlicethePie.com-an online financial platform for artists, to create her debut album. That led this young singer to attend a workshop at Berklee College of Music called, It’s All in the Song: Writing, Production, and the Business of Music. It was here where she penned a song with songwriter Kenvin Lavitt that led to Bello receiving an unexpected scholarship to the the renowned music school. This was the final push that gave her the courage to pursue music full time.
This recent Berklee graduate has performed in her native city for the Harlem Renaissance Festival. In addition, she performed in the presence of former Secretary of State Condalezza Rice for the American Red Cross. Coming from a Nigerian family, full of doctors, engineers, and architects, Bello is the first to have a music career. Bello says of her career choice, “So doing music was and is a leap of faith, but I wouldn’t have it any other way”. Check out her original song “Mathematics” above.
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