Vel Lewis

Vel Lewis

 Houston, Texas, USA
BandJazzSoul

Vel Lewis is an American Jazz Hammond Organist & Keyboardist, an accomplished singer, producer, composer, and arranger. Vel Lewis always performs with a band of the funkiest, most talented and professional musicians known in the music industry, and he can perform solo!

Biography

Vel Lewis (originally from Philadelphia, PA) is an American, and an accomplished singer, producer, arranger, who composes his own music and also plays piano and drums. Vel is a certified Hammond Organ Company artist. Vel Lewis can be found listed on many popular recordings and well-known TV shows The Sopranos, Mad About You, Friends, and Wife Swap USA, all of which feature music he composed. 

His latest EP, Colors of Soul is a highly charged Jazz and Soul EP that is superbly produced by Vel, combined with the Midas touch of chart-topping producer Greg Manning who added his brand of magic to the mixes. Kevin Chokan on guitars, keeping it in the pocket and soulful. Master percussionist Lenny Castro brings his signature sound to the project. Colors of Soul is a mixture of rhythmic songs for the Groove Jazz listener. 

His 2014 single, “Song For My Love” from his latest EP Colors Of Soul, is the follow up from his 2013 Smooth Jazz Adult Contemporary single “Maybe So”, which solidified his position as a professional jazz/soul/funk musician. “Song For My Love” ended up the year 2014 with a position on the Groove Jazz Music.com “Top 100” chart with over 1,600 spins and 375,000 streams. "Song For My Love" also landed on the 58th Annual Grammy Awards ballot for consideration. 

Vel’s rendition of the familiar Christmas carol, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, released as a holiday single in 2014 and drew stellar reviews from radio show hosts around the world.  This song also landed a spot on the 58th Annual Grammy awards ballot for consideration. 

Also during 2014, Vel released a track entitled Somethin’ Wrong featuring soulful vocals against his fiery electric piano solos and riffs throughout the track. 

Vel received his second ASCAP Plus Award in November 2014; the first one awarded in 2013 after the release of his singles, “Vitamin D and Maybe So.  His jazz/soul/funk track entitled “Vitamin D” released in 2012 continues to be streamed daily on Jango Radio and other social media sites.

Vel has performed on the same stage with Funkadelic/Parliament, Al Green, The Spinners, The O'Jays, Earth, Wind, And Fire, and many other well-known stars at the Apollo Theater (NYC)Baltimore Civic Center (MD), the Hampton Coliseum (VA), and the Kennedy Center (D.C.), before capacity crowds.

In 2002, Dionne Warwick contacted Vel to perform on her World Tour, which he did for three years before the release of his solo debut CD/DVD project, “Shady Grady – All Wound Up”.  During this tour, Vel performed on the stages of the Sydney Opera House (Australia), National Auditorium (Mexico), Suntec Center (Singapore), Hong Kong Convention Center and before dignitaries (the King and Queen of Norway), and notables Mr. Steve ForbesMr. Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh SteelersAndrea Bocelli, and many other well-known celebrities. 

DC Bebop Magazine
 published a full page feature article on Vel in their July 2018 issue.

The Houston Chronicle newspaper published a feature article in their Sunday edition over the Thanksgiving 2018 holiday weekend.  

Vel continues to deliver the kind of sultry, groove-laced music that catches the ears of his audience and soothes their hearts. From the moment the first note is heard and you feel the pulse of the rhythm, the ride begins – this is the perfect combination for the true music lover. For those around the world who have been requesting more Vel Lewis Music, this is for you… “Colors Of Soul” … ear candy for the heart!

Discography

  • "Tell Me Why" - Life (1974)
  • Shady Grady "All Wound Up" (2005)
  • "Let It Ride", "Keep Comin' Back To You", "Sunshine" - "Keepin' It Mellow" compilation CD (2007)
  • "Vitamin D" - single (2012)
  • "Maybe So" - single (2013)
  • "Somethin' Wrong" - single (2014)
  • "Song For My Love" - single (2014)
  • "Colors Of Soul" - EP (2014)
  • "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" - single (2014)
  • "Colors Of Soul" - single (2015)
  • "Lovin' You So" - single (2015)
  • "I Wanna Be Cool" - single (2015)
  • "Chuva" - single (2016)
  • "Papa's Strut" - single (2016)
  • "Houston Strong" - single (2018)