MUSIC - Vel Lewis - Multi-instrumentalist


Vel is a multi-instrumentalist, playing 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.


Interview with Vel Lewis - Spring 2018


Colors of Soul (2014)

“You have certainly listened to the music of keyboardist Vel Lewis. TV shows such as The Sopranos, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Mad About You, and Wife Swap USA feature his compositions. In earlier time as a member of the group The Futures, he performed on the same stage with Earth, Wind, & Fire, Parliament/Funkadelic, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks. His new EP Colors of Soul (2014) is available on Amazon, presenting the music of this great composer. Vel is joined on the album by percussionist Lenny Castro and guitarist Kevin Chokan. The album was mixed by Greg Manning.”  


Shake It Down

Vel Lewis - Loving You So

Vel Lewis - Colors Of Soul