BIOS

Corry Bell

 
When lead singer, Corry Bell, was a little girl, her parents would have her sing for relatives and friends which lead to her involvement in school musicals and choir events. After high school she met Yeshua (Jesus) and quickly began a lifetime of ministry in the arts, using her lifetime of experience in music as a backdrop. In 1987 she hosted a cable TV music video program in Southern California called “Rock Of Ages” where she conducted artist interviews and introduced videos for the show. She has made numerous appearances on stage and in local television programs and even worked for a Christian radio station for a season.

To her great surprise, Corry found out she had an extensive Jewish family history, not known to her before 2002. After 22 years in the church it became apparent she had to find a way to reconcile her belief in Yeshua with her Jewishness. In the spring of 2003 she began to attend Beth Emunah Messianic Synagogue, connected with her Jewish identity, joined the worship team there and accepted the position of Music Director in the fall of 2004.

In 2005, the L-rd gave Corry a vision, a recurring "thought" if you will, for this band - this ministry.  Through a friend, He asked her if she still dreams.  After 20 years of laying down her own ambitions in music to serve the L-rd, He was now reviving that which she had thought was dead. Now, she had to move forward in that calling.  After making some decisions about the direction to take, she approached Mark Keller about forming a band and doing a CD.  Lev Shelo was "born".

Corry's first experiences with the band she helped create included leading worship at the MJAA Southwest Regional conference and, for the next 4 years, she and Mark and others lead praise and worship there, and also at Messiah Conference in Pennsylvania in 2007 & 2008, opening for such artists as Paul Wilbur, Marty Goetz, Ted Pearce and Joel Chernoff.  The band's debut CD, “Or HaOlam”, released in August of 2010, is the result of these experiences and the many requests from congregations all over the world to make their music available.
  
Corry resides in Southern California with her husband, Michael, and their daughter, Michaela. They have four other grown children; Beau, Nick, Chris and Jenny. Michael, who is a deputy sheriff here in Southern California, is her biggest supporter!

Mark Keller

Mark Keller, guitarist and producer of Lev Shelo's first CD, "Or HaOlam", graduated from Musician's Institute in 1987.  He attended UCLA in 1990 where he studied film scoring and has played and recorded with numerous Los Angeles-based bands from 1988 to 1993.  Mark is certainly not new to the recording field and composing fields, having performed on two Destination 7 CD's as well.  In 1989 he was featured in Guitar Player Magazine.  

He wrote several pieces for the USA Network Mini Series Promo's and is currently working on original material for Lev Shelo's second project.  An outstanding and prolific musician, Mark's talents and gifts extend to serving on various worship teams throughout Southern California, including First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills/Eleventh Hour from 1994 to 2002, High Desert Church from 2003 to present and his home congregation, Beth Emunah Messianic Synagogue from 2001 to present.  Add teacher to Mark's long list of experience as he taught music at High Desert Academy for 2 years as well. 

Mark Keller arranges all of Lev Shelo's songs with a little input from Corry. But really, Mark is the creative genious behind it all. When he's constructing the tunes, he hears things that only dogs can hear. Really!  He has a wife, Rachel, and 2 great kids, Steven and Rebekkah. Steven started playing out with Lev Shelo in the first year and is a really fine musician. Rebekkah began training to sing background vocals and the band couldn't be happier with her gifts and heart for the L-rd. Mark's wife, Rachel, holds her family  together, sometimes with Silly String, but mostly with unending devotion and love for them.

With the release of Lev Shelo's first project, "Or HaOlam", Mark now adds to his credentials, producer and arranger. 

 


 


Rachel Keller.  Rachel is the "glue" that holds everyone together at times! She does everything for the band when they travel, from getting waters, to shlepping sound equipment, to running sound, to manning the CD table and it goes on and on! Rachel is running her own business enterprise as well. She is the owner/operator of Dye Works Designs where she creates and sells one-of-a-kind dancing veils, scarves, t-shirts and wraps. No two creations are alike, making her a unique vendor at conferences. Lev Shelo often displays her products at their table. She also has the daunting task of keeping Mark on schedule!

John Antista.  John is an amazing musician and wonderful asset to Lev Shelo. John travels with the band as often as he can and when the budget allows. His enthusiasm, hard work and gifts are so appreciated. He plays acoustic guitar and bass when there is  the opportunity to play live. His wife, Bonnie, is his #1 fan! She works tirelessly to make sure the band has what they need and she presents ideas to them when she sees an area that needs attention. Both of these friends are prayer warriors and Lev Shelo is so honored they have joined the team!

Steven Keller.  Steven is the son of Mark and Rachel and, like John, is a member of the traveling team. From the time he first picked up a guitar just a few years ago, until the present, Steven has been growing, learning and amazing everyone. He has the "Midas touch" when it comes to instruments and has learned and nearly mastered every one he has tried, from the banjo to the trumpet to the trombone to the acoustic guitar. His newest adventure is singing and he is a natural there as well! Steven is a really good kid, on top of everything else, which is why he is trusted to represent Lev Shelo with his life. Steven has plans to continue to pursue music in his higher education.

Rebekkah Keller.  Rebekkah is also a "home-grown" member of the Lev Shelo team. Rebekkah has a knack, like her brother, to pick up an instrument and try to learn it, having learned piano and clarinet already. Her skills are remarkable and, at 14 years old, she is expected to do great things in her future. In February of 2012, she made her debut in the band by learning and singing the background vocals to Lev Shelo songs for the MJAA Southwest Regional Conference where they lead worship! She is humble and unpretentious and a great help to the band when they travel and can afford to have her along with them. Her drawing skills have yet to be put to good use here and her artwork is a blessing to us all. She is also Michaela's best friend!

Michaela Bell.  Michaela is becoming quite a fine musician, taking guitar and piano lessons and joining Lev Shelo on stage, along with Rebekkah, to sing background vocals. Michaela also, occasionally, plays piano for her synagogue, Beth Emunah, composing and performing her original music. Michaela has a strong calling to be a worship leader in some capacity, like her mom, and has recently helped to lead worship for her youth summer camp with Chosen People Ministries. Michaela is also the band photographer and took nearly every picture on the website headers! Everyone is very proud of her and they enjoy having her not only ministering with them, but greeting the people as she helps to run the CD table when the band travels.

Manny Matamoros.  Manny works very hard at what he does, not only as our percussionist, but as an employee of the "Happiest Place On Earth"!  We're talking about Disneyland, of course!  When he is not busy there or taking care of grandkids or hitting the beach with his beautiful wife, Pamela, or serving in his church, Manny is always ready and willing to serve side-by-side with Lev Shelo.  He is a true friend and we can always count on Manny to encourage us, serve with us and give us and God his all.

Saratomi.  A native of South Korea, Saratomi has performed on violin for heads of state and lowly citizens alike, bringing her joyful attitude, humble demeanor and her amazing gift of musicianship with her.  She never refuses an opportunity to play with Lev Shelo, unless her duties of motherhood and helping her run the restaurant she and her husband own in Newport Beach keeps her away!  She is a delight to watch on stage and we are humbled and delighted to be working with her.

"Many hands make light work".  There are several other musicians who play with Lev Shelo from time to time, (Gary Bonner, Fred Kaplan, Taylor Carroll, Diana Anderson, Garret Swayne, Matthias Rykert, David Little, Andy Cotte, Amy Yago, Scarlet Rivera, Les Morrison, Maurice Sklar, and even the Beth Emunah worship team, to name a few), all contributing their gifts in service to the Father. The band's success largely depends upon them as well. They are very much appreciated!
 "You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word."  Psalm 119:114