Vel Lewis

Vel Lewis

Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3 | Location: Houston

Updated: November 11, 2021

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. “Song For My Love” and his Holiday rendition of the familiar Christmas carol “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” both landed spots on the 58th Annual Grammy Awards ballot for consideration. His latest single, Houston Strong” which he dedicated to all the survivors of Hurricane Harvey, was approved to be on the 61st Annual Grammy Awards ballot for consideration. Vel also appeared on the KHOU-TV Channel 11 “Great Day Houston” TV show twice in August 2018, and again as the show's week-long “house band” artist in March 2019.

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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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Primary Instrument

Organ, Hammond B3



Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


School District of Philadelphia (1973 - 1978): Teacher aide (Learning Disability), Title I Reading aide (2nd - 4th grades), Alternative school (7th - 9th grades) Professional musician since 1969

Jimmy Smith
organ, Hammond B3
Billy Hawks
organ, Hammond B3
Jack McDuff
organ, Hammond B3



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Papa's Strut

From: Papa's Strut
By Vel Lewis

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

From: Colors Of Soul - single
By Vel Lewis

Vel Lewis Albums