Hey, y’all - I’m Ethan Bell, and I play guitar and sing lead vocals for the Ethan Bell Band. I was born and raised in the Yorkville area. I started playing guitar when I was 12, and my teacher also taught me drums, bass and songwriting. I started playing church gigs through my teacher around the same time, and by the time I was 16, I was teaching private music lessons. Later on, I started playing bars and clubs in the area to advertise myself as a teacher and I fell in love with performing. Since then I have been gigging out full time and still teach private lessons on the side. I grew up listening to and enjoying all kinds of music, but I turned to country because there are so many possibilities with the genre right now. When I’m not with the band, I’m usually gigging solo, as a duo, or just playing music for fun. When I’m not doing anything music-related, I’m hanging out with my family and doing things with my children that they enjoy.
Ethan’s Two Cents for the Budding Musician
People will always tell you that your crazy for wanting to make a living playing music. Always remember the spark that made you decide that's what you want to do for the rest of your life. As long as you keep at it, you'll get better, grow and get more opportunities. Never give up.