LILLI LEWIS IN THE NEWS


Lilli Lewis discussed the dire need for more black people working behind the scenes in the business. ‘Occupy any space that you feel that you’re not present and represented.’

Rolling Stone

The entrepreneurial spirit of Black female artists has sustained us so long outside of the spotlight. Because of this, once we’re in that light, the industry can’t manufacture a separate story from the unique and connective one we have about ourselves and our work.

Nashville Scene

“While bounding about in a meshing of genres where Lilli Lewis’ soulful, r&b-tinged vocals meet impressive arrangements on a panoply of songs, her New Orleans-bred chameleonic dexterity gets brought to the fore.”

Downbeat

“Glorious soundscapes that perfectly delineate the LP’s stated goal of “radical decency”: physical intimacy, community, and a dedication to preserving innocence…It’s the kind of experience that challenges you not to accept the artist so much as your own self.”

OffBeat

A powerhouse performer adding her unique voice and talent to the national discussion of the state of social justice in America.

The Kennedy Center

Lewis’ single “My American Heart,” off her upcoming album, “Americana” demonstrates a caliber of genius…She launches the song gently, sweetly and then soars effortlessly…When Lewis hits the high notes, she personifies a contemporary Jessye Norman if folk rock had been her genre.

Grateful Web

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Lilli Lewis is having a breakout year, including a Kennedy Center performance that the Center describes as powerful. Lewis has composed in every tradition that inspires her, including soul, Americana, hip hop, classical, folk, jazz, rock, gospel, blues, soul and R&B. She integrated elements of New Orleans funk while co-writing and co-producing “Mask Up” in the summer of 2020. After carving out space for herself as an African-American lesbian of size, Lewis has lent her voice to the inclusion and equity in the music industry by speaking in conferences and seminars for Americana Music Association and Folk Alliance International in her role as VP & Head of A&R at Louisiana Red Hot Records. And she’s further sharing her message in the music of her eagerly awaited “Americana” album, following 2019’s critically acclaimed “We Belong.” In all things, Lewis does her best to live by the creed she and her ensemble have become known for: Practice Radical Decency.  read more

 

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“My American Heart” – Kennedy Center Arts Across America Series

 

“Warm and Gentle People” – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

 

“Interlock” Official Video

 

“Mask Up” Official Video