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. Vel is an accomplished American singer, producer, arranger, and Hammond B-3 organist. His latest release, “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 continues to chart and solidified his position as a professional jazz/soul/funk musician. “Song For My Love” landed a position on Groove Jazz Music.com’s “Top 100” list for 2014 with over 1,600 spins and 375,000 streams.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he co-wrote The Delfonics’ hit song, “I Told You So” with lead singer William Hart, co-wrote and sang lead vocal on The Life Group’s successful single, “Tell Me Why”, and performed around the world as a member of The Life Group, sharing the stage with Phyllis Hyman, Stevie Wonder, Mandrill and numerous other guest stars. Vel recorded Hammond organ with The Gospelaires of Ohio, The Sensational Nightingales, The Five Blind Boys. Vel also recorded Hammond organ on Paul Simon’s “Love Me Like A Rock” and Stevie Wonder’s “Jesus Children of America”, both with The Dixie Hummingbirds, while garnering a recording contract with The Futures from Philadelphia International Records, a division of Columbia Records. There was a whirlwind of activity between recording sessions and concerts with Frankie Beverly and Maze, The O’Jays, Grover Washington, The Spinners, The Whispers, and The Supremes.
Vel Lewis co-produced original music with Tom Borton and former RCA executive Ed Martinez for Chrysler/Plymouth Motors Super Bowl commercials featuring Tina Turner. Vel continued into the 90’s co-writing and co-producing on Borton’s three-album deal with Mesa/Bluemoon Records.
Upon returning home from tour, Vel put his expertise in corporate business finance to work, assisting Tom Borton with his newly formed production music library, Los Angeles Post Music, and assisting Mr. Billy Davis, Jr. with the formation of a Christian non-profit corporation called “Soldiers For The Second Coming” – a praise and worship ministry founded by Billy Davis, Jr. and Marilyn McCoo, holding the positions of Music Director, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Financial Officer. Since Tom Borton’s passing in 2011, Vel continues to work as Consultant for Los Angeles Post Music c/o the Thomas William Borton Estate assisting with the ongoing operations of the business while soliciting interested parties about acquisition of the production music library.
In 2002, Ms. Dionne Warwick contacted Vel to perform on her World Tour, which he did for three years before releasing his solo debut CD/DVD project, “Shady Grady – All Wound Up”.
A compilation CD released in 2007 called "Keepin' It Mellow" contained a song from Vel’s “All Wound Up” CD entitled “Let It Ride”, which became the number #1 Most Played Single in the U.K.
Vel released his first Christmas holiday single in 2014, performing his rendition of the familiar carol "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen".
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!