The Seed

The Seed

 Roanoke, Virginia, USA
BandRockReggae

The Seed provides a high energy show that is guaranteed to make even your grandparents stand up and shake it! True talent and passion combine with an appreciation for multiple styles of music including Reggae, Funk, Rock and Soul, for a show that brings listeners from all ages and walks of life.

Biography

The Seed is a group of talented twenty-somethings currently hailing from Washington D.C./Northern Virginia (U.S.A.). Newly formed as of the Fall of 2005, The Seed began as a reggae/rock-infused trio. Since then, the group has set out to create a tactful array of soulfully crafted, melodically smooth gems that would not only incite listener appeal but would also provoke deeper thought on issues of societal development, personal growth and the direction of the youth of today. During 2006 and 2007 the band underwent several changes to the lineup at bass, keys and lead guitar, but the founding members and song writing core of S.G. Lewis "The Ambassador" (Vocals/Guitars) and Brent Hoskins (Drums/Percussion/Guitars) remained the same. The addition of bassist Jason DiCicco in 2007 set the stage for the release of The Seed's full length self-titled debut album in May of 2008. The band credits much of the early success of the album to college and internet radio. Lewis, Hoskins and DiCicco are all natives of the Blue Ridge Mountain region of Virginia. They are occasionally joined in the studio and on stage by various musicians including childhood friend John "Slothman" Spence (Percussion/Vocals), Jamiel Allen (Keys) and James Pace (Keys). It is the band's intent to make music that makes you feel good or just feel, period. Reggae and R&B, Funk and Rock - multiple styles of music have brought inspiration to the band throughout the years. Such influences can be heard in the stylings of The Seed's repetoire as their rhythms touch upon many different genres. The Seed's sound is one even haters have to listen to and it is just the beginning. For more information please visit The Seed’s official website at:www.theseedsound.com

-GOLD MEDAL AWARD-BEST AREA MUSICIANS 2006-
ROANOKER MAGAZINE
-Voted #1 BAND 2006 - ROANOKE TIMES
-Voted TOP BAND of 2006 - CITY MAGAZINE
-Voted #1 BAND 2007 - ROANOKE TIMES
-Voted TOP VOCALIST (Stephen Lewis) for 2007- ROANOKE TIMES
-Voted TOP MUSICIAN (Brent Hoskins) for 2008 - CITY MAGAZINE

Lyrics

Rise Up!

Written By: Stephen Gabriel Lewis

The words that you speak with your mouth
The thoughts that you think in your head
Be selective with the things that need to be said
You can make a bad situation good
Just remember to do as you should
Deception can lead to feelings misunderstood

So I raise my head up high
Decide to set the example
And if you hear the words I say, this is just a sample
So I keep my head up high
Complete my mission for my time
Smile in the morning when I rise
And give thanks for life

Rise Up!
Rise Up, Rise Up now
Rise Up!
Rise Up, Rise Up now

Many thoughts you feel inside
Emotions rise deep from the heart
Every morning you rise, a new chapter starts
Take it slow when you must go slow
Speed up when you feel you must do so
In time you will grasp what you already know

So I raise my head up high
Decide to set the example
And if you hear the words I say, this is just a sample
So I keep my head up high
Complete my mission for my time
Smile in the morning when I rise
And give thanks for life

Rise Up!
Rise Up, Rise Up now
Rise Up!
Rise Up, Rise Up now

Banish foolishness with wisdom
Swallow your pride and give them
No reason to slip up and see you stumble
Love the life that you're living
Winter comes before spring
To fill your cup, you must stay humble

So I raise my head up high
Decide to set the example
And if you hear the words I say, this is just a sample
So I keep my head up high
Complete my mission for my time
Smile in the morning when I rise
And give thanks for life

Rise Up!
Rise Up, Rise Up now
Rise Up!
Rise Up, Rise Up now

Where You Belong

Written By: Stephen Gabriel Lewis

All this time I wait for someone so special as you
To you I give everything, life has new meaning
Could it be, you've given your love to someone like me
To you I give everything, to you this song I sing
Take me how I am is what you did
Now I find life more exciting to live
You are my everything, Sweet kisses you bring
In your eyes there lies certain truth
Of our love there's solid proof that
You are my everything, For you I'd do anything

I swear I'll never leave you
By my side is where I need you
This is where you belong, This is where I belong
Can't describe the feeling that I feel
My heart you surely did steal
This is where you belong, This is where I belong

Could this whole thing simply be fantasy, maybe daydream
Some things are never really quite as they seem
But just as doubt comes creeping into my head,
I'm reassured by those sweet words that you once said, You said...
Love is quite unique, of these emotions I must speak
You...I love you, you...I need you

I swear I'll never leave you
By my side is where I need you
This is where you belong, This is where I belong
Can't describe the feeling that I feel
My heart you surely did steal
This is where you belong, This is where I belong

Steppin' Out

Written By: Stephen Gabriel Lewis

Put a smile on your face and don’t forget your dancing shoes
Let’s step out and spread some joy, true love can’t lose
Well, they can act hard (so hard)
And wear a big frown
But now that we’re here, we’re gonna turn this party upside down

Show the world some love
Tell them what it’s about
Here to spread some joy
This is why we’re steppin’ out
Tell the world about love
Dance, sing, and shout
Here to make you smile
This is why we’re steppin’ out

I see you in the corner, you’re afraid to join the group
But everyone’s so happy, so come on down and make your move
You may be angry (let it go)
You may be mad (let it go)
You may feel heartache and pain, try not to be sad

Show the world some love
Tell them what it’s about
Here to spread some joy
This is why we’re steppin’ out
Tell the world about love
Dance, sing, and shout
Here to make you smile
This is why we’re steppin’ out

Love one another
Flesh of any color
To be real is to love
It’s our responsibility
Share with your brother
Laugh with your sister
Show some respect … and positivity

Put a smile on your face and don’t forget your dancing shoes
Let’s step out and spread some joy, true love can’t lose
Well they can act hard (so hard)
And wear a big frown
But now that we’re here, we’re gonna turn this party upside down

Show the world some love
Tell them what it’s about
Here to spread some joy
This is why we’re steppin’ out
Tell the world about love
Dance, sing, and shout
Here to make you smile
This is why we’re steppin’ out
Here to make you smile
This is why we’re steppin’ out
Here to make you smile
This is what we're all about

Dark Days

Written By: Stephen Gabriel Lewis

The good, the bad, the intrinsically sad
To far to heal the pain your heart feels
From black to white, darkened shadows usher in night
As the curtain begins to fall, all wrong is made right

And the change comes, And the colors turn to grey
And the rains come, And it wash our love away

It’s evolution, and in the process of a day
Light fades, decisions made the wrong way, so nothing remains the same
Fate can be cruel, and it can be justified
Truth is truth, Lies a lie, no matter what you feel inside

And the change comes, And the colors turn to grey
And the rains come, And it wash our love away

Light, it dims in the candle
Drowned by the heat, makes it hard to handle
You do everything, everything you can though
But some things are meant to be mishandled
Rains come, and the thunder cracks
Saturation occurs and the clouds roll back
Now it’s over, just as it began
Curtains close now in the third and final act

And the change comes, And the colors turn to grey
And the rains come, And it wash our love away

Can You Understand

Written By: Stephen Gabriel Lewis

I try to relay what’s on my mind
Then sometimes I don’t want to relate at all
Voice is to song as waking is to dawn
And sometimes I don’t want to relate at all

I start with a spark, illuminate the dark
Hope my ideas never stop their flow
Slow, fast, gotta make a good thing last
Pray my ideas always overflow

Can you understand where I’m comin’ from?
Do you feel my pain
'Cause I can’t stand when someone thinks that I’m the same

One of a kind, a tingling in your spine
Sensation is something like nothing else
Composing, performing, I and I transforming
Sensation is nothing like anything else

Self-replicated in a world that’s fated
I don’t mind having time to myself
Sounds amplified fade in due time
And I don’t mind reminiscing to myself

Can you understand where I’m comin’ from?
Do you feel my pain
'Cause I can’t stand when someone thinks that I’m the same

Everytime

Written By: Stephen Gabriel Lewis

Baby, when you do what you do when you do, it drives me crazy
Meeting you for the tenth time was an experience,
Do you feel that thrill I feel, It’s dangerous
The tables have turned and it’s come back to me
That feeling that touches your mind, soul and body
Most of us can’t remember that last crush
And those who can are bound to feel that pain again
But when you take it slow, how slow should you take it?
Gotta be sure of your moves, don’t wanna be mistaken

Every time I look in your direction, every time I gaze upon your face
Anytime I witness your perfection, It takes me to another time and place
Every time I look in your direction, every time I gaze upon your face
Take me to another time and dimension, souls collide to fill one space

Closer, to the point of no return, learning your lesson,
till your lesson has been learned
If you do what you did and you do it again the results could be the same
That’s what risks are for, could be more in store if you decide to join the game
Should the decision be made, it’s the choice that you face
If the point is made clear, don’t you hesitate
Most of us can’t remember that last crush
And those who can are bound to feel that pain again
But when you take it slow, how slow should you take it?
Gotta be sure of your moves, don’t wanna be mistaken

I don’t want to be wrong, If I am, I just gotta deal
Got so many things goin’ on, but I like the way this feels
Imagination could spark a fire, or this whole thing could be muy difícil

Every time I look in your direction, every time I gaze upon your face
Anytime I witness your perfection, It takes me to another time and place
Every time I look in your direction, every time I gaze upon your face
Take me to another time and dimension, souls collide to fill one space

Baby, what you wanna do,
I already gave my mind, spent with you in my free time
Woman, it’s your move
All the thinking I’ve done since this whole thing has begun
The mirror was broken, and she was on the other side
Don’t know yet for sure of a plan so I’ll just let it ride
Most of us can’t remember that last crush
And for those who can, some you lose and some you win
So when you take it slow, one must never fake it
Two can’t be one if the truth isn’t spun when the candles lit

Every time I look in your direction, every time I gaze upon your face
Anytime I witness your perfection, It takes me to another time and place
Every time I look in your direction, every time I gaze upon your face
Take me to another time and dimension, souls collide to fill one space

Discography

- "THE SEED" (2008)
- "Rise Up!" Demo (2007)

Set List

A single set may last from 45 min. to 1.5 hrs. depending on what the show/venue requires. The Seed have a 75+ song repertoire of original music and covers including B.B. King, Gaye, Hendrix, Marley, Redding, etc. A typical set list may look like the following:

Can You Understand
Rise Up!
Steppin' Out
No More
All Things Are Possible
Wrong Thing
New Season
Song of David
No Surprise
Who Knows (cover, J. Hendrix)
Life
Dark Daze
Gonna Talk (cover, B. Hammond)
Everytime

--- The Seed also perform 2 to 4 man acoustic shows