Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Band: Threshold
Genres: Gospel, Jazz
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician, Minister, Author, Playwright


Los Angeles based drummer Laval W. Belle is known for his explosive synchronization behind popular artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Bette Midler, and Lyle Lovett.

In addition to his drumming, Laval W. Belle is also a respected author, playwright, and minister. As an author, he has written three books: Your Gifts Are Not Your Purpose, Love In All The Wrong Faces, and The Saint and Sexual Addiction. As a minister, hLaval W. Belle founded the non-profit organization Caring Ministries, a ministry dedicated to serving the needs of all people.

Laval W. Belle received his ministerial training at the West Angeles Church Bible College. Laval W. Belle was later ordained for ministry by Bishop Charles E. Blake. Laval W. Belle went on to teach courses at the West Angeles Bible College to other aspiring ministers. As a minister, Laval W. Belle regularly preaches to audiences all over the country. Laval W. Belle aims to motivate youth and young adults through the inspirational dialogue contained in his seminars, conferences, small groups, and congregational services. Belle also visits prisons in order to spread the word of the Lord.

As a drummer Laval W. Belle has enjoyed playing with artists such as Bette Midler, George Benson, Andre Crouch, Earth, Wind & Fire, Keb' Mo', Shelby Lynn, Lyle Lovett, and Brian McKnight.

Laval Belle has recently scored and launched his own CD project entitled “Free.” Belle also served as executive producer for this, his first recorded jazz CD.

Laval W. Belle prides himself on his work in inspirational jazz music.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1984 Mavis Staples Mavis Staples
1988 Spirit Come Down Rickey Grundy Chorale
1989 Can't Hold Back L.A. Mass Choir
1990 Saints in Praise, Vol. 2 Saints in Praise
1992 Saints in Praise, Vol. 2 West Angles Church of God
1994 Keb' Mo' Keb' Mo'
1995 Lift Your Heads West Angels Church of God
1995 Promise The Promise
1995 Just Like You Keb' Mo'
1996 Don't Let the Smooth Jazz Fool Ya Doc Powell
1997 Blues Masters, Vol. 17: More Postmodern Blues Various Artists
1998 Slow Down Keb' Mo'
1998 Big Wide Grin Keb' Mo'
2001 Life Changes Doc Powell
2001 Slow Down/The Door Keb' Mo'
2002 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: Blue Various Artists
2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey Various Artists
2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Keb Mo Keb' Mo'
2003 Smile Lyle Lovett
2003 Story of the Blues Various Artists
2006 Blues Gold Various Artists
2006 Sum Blues Threshold


  • Belle produced Love In All The Wrong Faces, a theatrical musical production adapted from his second book by the same name.

Instruments of Choice



Cymbals: Sabian

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