April 24, 2013
Sound: A soulful take on pop-rock. Bell, 22, started playing guitar in third or fourth grade—his parents thought it would help him do better in school. Did it? “It probably became more of a distraction,” he says. “You kind of rush through homework so you can start playing guitar again.”
Influences: John Mayer, John Legend, Jimi Hendrix, Coldplay, Frank Ocean
Live show: An energetic effort to connect within the band and to the audience, Bell says.
Claim to fame: Worked with Joe Jonas on the CW show “The Next”; made it to blind audition round on “The Voice” but didn’t audition because the teams were full