Jerry would later move to California were he would become friends with Marvin Gaye and learned many vocal and stage techniques as well as singing background vocals for Marvin Gaye. Later he would team up with more of his friends such as James Baker, Austin Lander and Tony Churchill and began to sing lead and backup vocals for New Birth. After leaving The New Birth in 1979, he then would join up again with other friends Bobby Harris, Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson, Reggie Andrews, Marlon McClain and become one of the lead vocalist for Motown recording artist Dazz Band. He has also recorded as a solo artist in 1980 on MCA Records, releasing his solo LP "Winter Love Affair".
Prior to signing with Motown, The Dazz Band was formerly known as Kinsman Dazz and includes the merging of Bell. In 1981, Jerry Bell was invited into the group as one of the vocalists by Bobby Harris and Reggie Andrews. Jerry had a solo LP on MCA at that time, called "Winter Love Affair," but joined the group as well.
New Birth, originally called the The Nite-Liters, was formed by Tony Churchill and Harvey Fuqua. In 1975, Tony Churchill, James Baker, and Austin Lander asked Jerry Bell to join the group. Jerry sang for New Birth off and on until 1979.
Jerry Bell has performed with the following: Archie Bell & The Drells, Roy Ayers, Bar-Kays, William Bell, George Benson, Frankie Beverley, Bloodstone, Blue Magic, James Brown, Jerry Butler, Cameo, Carl Carlton, Jean Carn, Chic, Chi-Lites, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Lyn Collins, Commodores, Norman Connors, Dazz Band, Delfonics The Dells, Detroit Emeralds, Earth, Wind & Fire, El DeBarge, Emotions, Enchantment, Fat Larry's Band, Roberta Flack, Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Harvey Fuqua, gap band, Marvin Gaye, Frankie Gaye, Gladys Knight And The Pips, Al Green, Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes, Major Harris, Donny Hathaway, Isaac Hayes, Heatwave, Michael Henderson, Jimmy "Bo" Horne, Miki Howard, Phyllis Hyman, Isley Brothers The J.B.'s, Millie Jackson, Michael Jackson, Jacksons, Rick James, Al Jarreau, Brothers Johnson, KC & The Sunshine Band, Eddie Kendricks, Gladys Knight, Kool & The Gang, L.T.D., Pattie Labelle, Lakeside, Last Poets, MFSB, Main Ingredient The Manhattans, Teena Marie, Mary Jane Girls, Curtis Mayfield, George McCrae, McFadden & Whitehead, Buddy Miles, Moments, New Birth, O'Jays, The ohio players, Jeffrey Osborne, Maceo Parker, Ray Parker Jr., Parliament, Billy Paul, Freda Payne, Teddy Pendergrass, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Rufus, Patrice Rushen, Sam & Dave, Gil Scott-Heron, Bunny Sigler, Sister Sledge, Spinners, Edwin Starr, Sly Stone, Johnnie Taylor, Temprees The Temptations, Joe Tex, Leon Ware, Dionne Warwick, Fred Wesley, Whispers, Barry White, Vesta Williams, Bobby Womack, Stevie Wonder, Betty Wright, Val Young, Zapp & Roger, H20Flow...
Mother Mattie Bell, older brother Archie Bell, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, David Porter, John Whitehead, Kenny Gamble, Larry Graham, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Theodore Life, Al Jarreau, Bobby Womack, The Delfonics, The Moments, The Temprees, Bobby Harris, Reggie Andrews, Tony Churchill, Austin Lander, James Baker, Jimmy Bo Horn, The Miami Oceanliners.
The Delfonics, Will Downing, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, The Unifics, The Dazz Band, The Gap Band, Marvin Gaye, New Birth, The Temprees, The Moments.