Lilli Lewis & the Promised Land Players

Lilli Lewis & the Promised Land Players

 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

"Sister Rosetta Tharpe's virtuoso commitment to her instrument and Odessa's vocal power,
creating a show that is a force of nature." Eric Cager, Cutting Edge CE Conference


Singer/songwriter and composer Lilli Lewis has been tickling the ivories since she was three years old, and composing music for just as long. Raised on a dirt road outside of Athens, GA, the award-winning classical pianist and soprano's early immersion in classical music is now met with blues, folk and soul. Her A Cappella work has won runner-up for Best Folk/World Album in the 2009 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, and rendered Lilli a regional finalist for the acclaimed Mountain Stage Newsong Competition.

Lewis has been called a "modern day Renaissance woman," who conjures the likes of Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Odetta. Among her many projects, roots ensemble, The Promised Land Players performs folk and jazz inspired settings of Spirituals from the African-American Folk tradition. With vocals said to have “enough energy to power a large city,” Lewis also brings her similarly inspired original songs of empowerment and personal responsibility to ever widening audiences, never failing to deliver “innovative, soulful music that will never go out of style.”


Lilli Lewis & The Promised Land Players:
The Promised Land: Songs of the Sacred South

Also from Lilli Lewis:
Very Small Things
Out From Yonder
Sleepers Wake
The Coming of John

Set List

* A Spanish Rose
* Beauty Beyond Reason
* Become the Wind
* Blue Rock
* Brother Child
* Castles of Her Crystalline
* Coretta's Song
* Credo in Unam
* Everyday
* Fly
* Good as Gold
* Hold My Hand Today
* I Never
* Incantation: Creation
* January 20
* Kisses
* Lady
* Mortal Self
* Pastorale
* Perfect Regret
* Pretty Ebony
* Song for the End of Days
* Tall as Our Fathers
* Tangerine
* The Greatest Story Ever Told
* The Last Stop
* The Water
* This Is Not a Love Song
* Turn it Around
* Very Small Things
* War No More
* Warm and Gentle People
* Wednesday's Child
* Winona Laduke
* Wrecking Ball

* Open Your Eyes (Sandi Hammond)
* Still I Rise (Ben Harper)
* Sometimes (B. Johnson-Reagon)
* The Way I Am (Martin Sexton)
* Broken Hallelujia (L. Cohen/J. Buckley)
* So