Vel Lewis - Multi-instrumentalist|
Vel plays primarily, the Hammond organ; but also piano, synthesizer keyboards, drums, and electric bass
guitar. He started out as a vocalist, his first instrument was the flute, but the organ captured his heart after learning to play it.
While in high school, he performed on a televised jazz program playing organ. In the late 1960's, into the early 1970's, Vel performed
with a number of gospel groups. In the early 1970's, Vel performed and traveled with "The Delfonics." and co-wrote and sang the opening
lead vocal on a song released in 1974 on the Warner Bros. Reprise label entitled "Tell Me Why" by The Life Group, also known as "Life".
In 1990, he co-produced songs with Tom Borton on Borton's albums "Dancing With Tigers" and "The Lost World", released on the Mesa/Bluemoon
Records label. In the late 1990's, he composed music for Los Angeles Post Music, a production music library founded by Tom Borton. LA
Post Music's tracks appear on popular TV shows "Sex And The City", "Friends", "Mad About You", and "The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air". Between
the years 2003 through 2005, he performed on a World Tour with legendary singer Dionne Warwick. In 2005, he released his first solo debut
album "All Wound Up" under the stage name of Shady Grady. He composed eight of the ten songs and co-wrote the remaining two songs contained
in this album. His song "Song For My Love" from his EP "Colors Of Soul" landed at #67 on the Groove Jazz Music "Top 100" list. Links:
All About Jazz,
DC Bebop page