The John Lewis Experience


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By Gary A. Johnson

If you are looking for a great way to start the New Year, let me suggest a classy and unique musical experience led by singer, songwriter and musician John G. Lewis.  I know John Lewis and have experienced his music at several venues.  From an impromptu set on a deck with my son at a family outing to a formal engagement at a country club.  No matter the setting, the musical experience is the same–unique and masterful!

John lives in Washington, DC.  However, he was raised in South Bend, Indiana and began studying guitar while in high school. After graduating from high school he moved to Southern California and began his professional music career as a soloist, singing and accompanying himself on guitar in a variety of venues in and around San Diego. Jealous of the keyboard players who could play left handed bass, he tinkered with and explored various approaches to incorporating a low bottom-end on the guitar.  By integrating the guitar/synthesizer,  John ultimately developed an innovative approach to the guitar to create an unbelievably full sound. Combing these elements with his silky smooth voice and an eclectic repertoire of Jazz, R&B, and Brazilian grooves – which he performs in English, French, and Portuguese – John’s sound is described as Soulful, Jazzy and Cool.

While completing his degree in French at San Diego State University, John worked part time as an entertainer and part time as a Sign Language Interpreter (he’s a language geek).  John moved to France for a year and spent his time improving his French, learning to appreciate good wine and deepening his understanding of international genres of music. Shortly after returning to the States, John relocated to the Washington, DC area, where he completed his MA degree in Linguistics. He has spent the past few decades working in the field of Applied Linguistics while simultaneously performing both as a soloist and with his group, the Electrokoustic band.

For as much as John is passionate about performing, he is a fanatic about the fidelity of the sound and acoustic impact of music. The combination of his unique musical talent and aural sensibility makes the ‘John G. Lewis’ sound a very groovy, sonic experience.

Do yourself a favor and make arrangements to see John perform.  Tell him Gary from Black Men In sent you.

Click here to visit John’s official website. Take a look at John’s new video “Say You’ll Be Mine.”

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