Vel Lewis

Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3 | Location: Houston

Updated: January 31, 2019

Born: November 30, 1954

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 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” ended up the year 2014 with a position on the Groove Jazz ( “Top 100” chart with over 1,600 spins and 375,000 streams, and it is currently on the 58th Annual Grammy Awards ballot for consideration.

Vel received his second ASCAP Plus Award in November 2014; the first one awarded in 2013 after the release of his singles, “Vitamin D” and “Maybe So”. His jazz/soul/funk track entitled “Vitamin D” released in 2012 continues to be streamed daily while receiving numerous fan “likes” on Jango Radio and other social media sites.

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“So different and funky and refreshing. I'll be sure to play this song in days to come. It's special! Not a lot of artists tackle “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” A favorite of mine - and to hear it done like this is a gift.” - Trish Hennessey, Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey

“LOVE IT!!!!! Thank you!!! You just made my day…” - Annie Latin Jazzy Rodriguez of “Up Close & Personal with Latin Jazzy”

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . guaranteed to be a classic and something you'll want to hear each holiday season.” – Guy Michaels of “The J-Spot” TV show and KPVU 91.3 FM Morning Show, Houston

Tony Currie, Director of Programmes, Radio Six International (, Glasgow, Scotland – “Hi Vel… just to let you know, we’re playlisting “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” from Saturday, Nov 29

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