Veronica Lewis, 17, Blues Artist of the Year 2020, Boston Music Awards releases her debut Blues/Americana album on Blue Heart Records
Self-produced recording features eight tracks; six originals penned by Lewis and two covers, performed by her trio of piano, drums and saxophone
By: Blue Heart Records
With one foot firmly planted in the 1950's and the other in the future, Lewis pays homage to her influences - Katie Webster, Otis Spann, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Pinetop Perkins. Combine this with the authentic approach to this self-produced album, she captures the essence of a time when only talent and passion dictated the success of a recording. "I imagined I only had one shot to lay it down in the studio, as if I walked into a recording studio somewhere back in time, like Sun or Stax, and the producer just pressed the record button and said 'Ok, kid, let me hear what you've got'," Lewis muses. "Then, if I'm lucky, the roof lifts off the studio, and the rest is history!"
It's an uplifting, authentic, and original message to the world at a time when it is needed most. A seasoned pro and award winner at 17, Lewis rocks the piano, and her strong, expressive voice is punctuated with a light and delicate vibrato, belying her age. Blues progressions are a launching point, evolving into original songs with stories that are both thought-provoking and humorous. Her tight, straight-ahead trio of piano, drums, and sax delivers a stunningly "full-on" sound, as Lewis belts out a message made to heal the soul.
Lewis stands should-to-shoulder with seasoned professionals, winning the prestigious Blues Artist of the Year 2020 by the Boston Music Awards. She has also won the 2020 Boston Blues Challenge and was named 2020's Best Young Artist by the New England Music Hall of Fame. In addition, she is a four-time Granite State Blues Challenge Winner and recipient of the 2019 W.O.W. Rising Star Award. In 2019/20 Lewis travelled across the country from Nashville to Los Angeles playing her music at packed venues and festivals. She debuted at the Rhythm & Roots Americana Festival in R.I., in Las Vegas at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Fest, at the National Women in Blues Showcase and the 35th International Blues Challenge, both held in Memphis.
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