Harriet Lewis (Philadelphia) - The Voice
An evening of Blues, Jazz and contemporary music with a touch of Gospel
Hailing from the American east coast, Harriet Lewis is a performer of international reputation with eight outstanding CD releases to her credit.
A highly professional artist, Mrs Lewis knows what her audience expects and works it to the limit, proving herself a capable, self-reliant lady of the Blues.
Mrs Lewis vocals are a collage of rugged Blues, sexy-romantic Ballads and serene traditional Gospel.
Harriet Lewis, a legend in her own time of which it has been said that "she enters the stage as a Princess, and leaves as a Queen" Like a polished diamond, Harriet Lewis is a "Musical Gem, deserving of Royal Display".
Harriet Lewis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania a descendant of Jamaican Heritage. She began singing in the Baptist church at the age of 12 years. Harriet became the director of the Baptist choir which performed throughout Philadelphia, PA. She later formed a choir with the help of her mother consisting of children ages 5 years to 17 years old. They performed concerts throughout the Eastern Coastal Region of the U.S., singing acappella vocal arrangements by Harriet.
Harriet received her first formal training at Sherwood Recreation Center in Philadelphia, PA. There she studied dance including Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, African and Modeling. It was here where she began to incorporate these dance styles into her vocal performances winning her many 'Amateur Talent Competitions'.
In 1967, Harriet became one of the original members of the recording group 'THE FORGET ME KNOTS' with Philadelphia International Records.
This association and her vocal talents were noted and requested by such recording luminaries as: PATTIE LABELLE, BILLY PAUL, THE O JAY'S, 3 DEGREES, INTRUDERS, DEL PHONICS, HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES, DONALD BYRD & BLACK BIRDS, TEDDY PENDEGRAST, BOBBY HUMPHREY, FOUR TOPS, PIECES OF A DREAM & MELBA MORE.
She later went on to do Studio Background Tracks for the Blue Note Label, Gold Production and Sal Soul Orchestra.After completing voice and music theory at "The Philadelphia Music Academy", Harriet signed on for a two years road tour with Philly Groove Recording Artists "Raw Image".
In 1973, Harriet formed her own band 'POSH' and was formerly recognized for being the No. 1 female Jazz Singer in Philadelphia.
In 1980 she began teaching Theater and Voice. She received high recognition for the award winning programs which were developed by her.
Harriet was also called upon to perform for Dignitaries from such countries as Japan, Africa, Korea, France and the U.S., sharing the stage with the likes of Charlie Byrd Trio, Gregory Hines, George Benson, Earl Klugh, Jennifer Holiday and many many others.
After her arrival in Stuttgart, Germany, Harriet began touring Germany's Club and Hotel circuit. This exposed her to some of the top musicians in Germany which resulted in her meeting Pops Wilson and performing with his Orchestra. Here was a chemistry that magic is made of and it was this magic that lead to the recording of their CD "A touch of elegance".
She has opened for LUTHER VANDROSS, MARIAH CAREY, THE WEATHER GIRLS, ERIC CLAPTON, LISA STANSFIELD, CRASH TEST DUMMIES, HEINO, "Comedian" OTTO, MICHAEL BOLTON, 'THE KING OF POP" MICHAEL JACKSON, RAY CHARLES and many others.
Through the success of her music, Harriet is recognized as "The Best Soul, Blues, Jazz singer" in Europe with a Deutscher Rock & Popmusikverband e.v. 1995 Music Oscar to her credit.
As an artist, Harriet Lewis is dedicated to fueling the light that emanates from her star, by perfecting her craft through study and a constant review of the quality of her performances.
Harriet has now completed her thirteenth CD.