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 single, “Song For My Love” from his current 2014 EP “Colors Of Soul” is the follow up from his Smooth Jazz Adult Contemporary single “Maybe So”, which continues to chart. “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. Vel has now released his first Christmas holiday single, doing his rendition of the familiar carol "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen".
Vel is an accomplished singer, producer, arranger, and Hammond ® organist, who composes his own music and also plays piano and drums.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his career began with the Philadelphia All Boys Choir, performing as a soloist at Expo ’67 in Montreal, Canada. He attended Settlement Music School for vocal training, piano, and concert flute lessons. Within two years, he added the organ to his repertoire.
Fortunately, Lewis was not one to be limited, as he co-wrote The Delfonics’ hit song, “I Told You So” with lead singer William Hart, and co-wrote The Life Group’s successful single, “Tell Me Why”. Vel continued performing around the world as a member of The Life Group until the band’s last performance in Los Angeles with Phyllis Hyman, Stevie Wonder, Mandrill and numerous other guest stars.
Lewis then went on to work on even bigger and better things. He co-produced original music with Tom Borton and former RCA Executive Ed Martinez for Chrysler/Plymouth Motors’ Super Bowl XXIV 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.
Never a stranger to the road, Lewis performed with Tom Borton at the Indianapolis Jazz Festival with Dan Siegel and Boney James. 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 (http://www.lapostmusic.com), 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, he held down the position of Music Catalog Consultant for Los Angeles Post Music c/o the Thomas William Borton Estate, managing 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 the release of his solo debut CD/DVD project, “Shady Grady – All Wound Up” on the Bungalo Records label.
A compilation CD released from Germany in 2007 on the SoulVibe Recordings label called “Keepin’ It Mellow” contained a song from Vel’s “Shady Grady – All Wound Up” CD entitled “Let It Ride”, which became the number #1 Most Played Single in the U.K.
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” and his soulful holiday single, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" … ear candy for the heart!