Hammond organist Vel Lewis is yet another fine example of the synergy that sizzles between contemporary jazz and soul music from the golden age of Philadelphia. His new radio single, the ultra smooth ‘Song For My Love’, is grabbing some attention ahead of the June release of the EP ‘Colors Of Soul’ and the fact the collection was mixed by rising star Greg Manning (and features none other than Lenny Castro on percussion) will do its chances of success no harm at all.
His links with Philadelphia are significant and strong. He was a member of The Futures at the time the band signed a record deal with Philadelphia International Records. Later, and after a name change to The Life Group, opportunities arose to share the stage with iconic outfits such as Frankie Beverly and Maze, The O'Jays, Grover Washington and The Spinners.
Vel has written music for television shows such as The Sopranos, Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Wife Swap USA while as a recording artist the track ‘Let It Ride’ (from his CD ‘All Wound Up’ and featured on the 2007 compilation ‘Keepin’ It Mellow’) garnered extensive radio play in the United Kingdom.
Now, in his new home city of Atlanta, GA Vel is busy producing new material and performing on recording sessions for new artists. His 2012 single, ‘Vitamin D’ checked all the right soul boxes and now with ‘Colors Of Soul’ he is building a wonderful bridge from classic soul to smooth jazz.
Check him out.