Since becoming a household name via the hit Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh, Drake Bell has evolved into a bona fide international music, television and film star. He can next be seen paying homage to the network that launched his career as star of Nickelodeon’s live-action/CG adaptation of The Fairly OddParents, “A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!” opposite Daniella Monet (Victorious). As well, he is the voice of Spider-Man in the current Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers cartoons. In addition, Bell will embark on a summer music tour in Latin America from mid-July to the end of August and his first European tour in September. A new EP, featuring four new songs produced by John Fields (Jellyfish, Rooney, Jack’s Mannequin, Jonas Bros), is scheduled for digital release worldwide on June 21, 2011.
With two successful albums under his belt, past tour sell-outs of 3,000-8,000 seat venues, 10 U.S. and International Nickelodeon and Teen Choice Awards and the new EP on the way, 2011 will be a big year for Bell in music. A huge fan of the harmonies and melodic pop-rock of the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley, as well as vinyl albums, Bell turns out to be an old soul, learning how to play guitar from none other than The Who’s Roger Daltrey, with whom he worked in the 1998 movie, Changing Destiny.
With the indie release Telegraph and his first major release, It’s Only Time (Universal Motown 2006), Bell found himself maturing, both lyrically and musically, in part to a hectic touring schedule, including Mexico, where It’s Only Time and the single, “I Know,” both topped the charts. Over the last several years, Bell has gone on the road with both Ally & AJ and Corbin Bleu, regularly playing 3,000-seat venues and now plans to hit the international touring circuit.
Since 2009, Bell has also supported The Thirst Project, a non-profit organization that exists to raise awareness of and bring solutions to the clean water crisis globally through educational outreach and fundraising initiatives. In 2010, Bell received their Pioneering Spirit Award.