***Brand New LP "We Belong" from The Lilli Lewis Project out on Louisiana Red Hot Records***
Available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify. (View full discography here.)
“...the kind of experience that challenges you not to accept the artist so much as your own self.”
- OffBeat Magazine


"Interlock (We Belong)" Official Video:

"Mask Up!" ft. Corey J The Rapper and Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove:


“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 on “We Belong”

Americana soul artist and activist Lilli Lewis ushered in 2020 curating Folk Alliance International’s Louisiana Red Hot Records Roots & Rhythm Showcase as Label Manager and A&R Head, and is spearheading Folk Alliance International's new “Committing to Conversation” cultural equity, race and social justice initiative.

“Even when we don't agree we're still responsible for each other and the world we live in,” Lewis says. “We are living in deeply divided times where connection matters. Musicians have the ability, maybe even the responsibility, to help people relate to one another now more than ever.”

In March, Lewis brought down the house at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's "Chanteuse: Celebrating New Orleans Women in Music" — the show was the Foundation's last before Louisiana’s statewide shutdown.

Trained as opera singer and classical pianist, Lewis has been a composer, producer and performing artist for over two decades. After carving out space for herself as an African-American lesbian of size, Lewis is lending her voice to the music industry’s need to diversify its precepts about looks, sexuality and marketability.

She was a featured panelist in Americana Music Association’s “Black Equity in Americana: A Conversation” live-stream in August, covered by Billboard, Rolling Stone and American Songwriter.

"Black artists and black art have been at the heart of Americana since its inception, and now we're in a position to address what this means from a relatively new point of view,” Lewis says. “It's as if we're being invited to celebrate the reality of the genre and its participants in a more overt and direct way.”

Lewis has composed in every tradition that inspires her, including soul, Americana, classical, folk, jazz, rock, gospel, blues, soul and R&B. Lewis integrated elements of New Orleans funk while singing lead for Dirty Dozen Brass Band founding member Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove.

In August, Lewis teamed up with Joseph, along with rising rap artist Corey J the Rapper and David V of Studio 55 Productions for “Mask Up,” a single she co-wrote, co-produced and performed to serve as an anthem for the #MaskUpCovidDown campaign from Louisiana Red Hot Records and WHIV-FM. The effort benefits Masks for America’s giveaway of free N-95 masks to first responders.
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“If Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Odetta had had a baby, and that baby had had a baby, and that baby had had another baby... well that baby would probably be me,” she describes. Lewis has two recent critically acclaimed releases on Louisiana Red Hot Records, the 2018 solo piano album “The Henderson Sessions”, and 2019’s Lilli Lewis Project’s "We Belong”. Her highly anticipated third Louisiana Red Hot release "Americana" is due out on 12/4/2020.

In addition to the new release, Lewis has recently been commissioned by Loyola University's Opera Workshop to be a contributing composer for a 36 movement song-cycle entitled “Cura Personalis: Embracing Our New Selves,” based on student narratives as they contend with the challenges brought about by COVID-19 and the myriad other events of 2020.

Ushering Louisiana Red Hot Records to OffBeat Magazine’s “Record Label of the Year” three times since she's been at the helm, Lewis is also Chief Operating Officer for Marketing, Merchandising and Distribution firm, SunRea Enterprises. She often serves as a music industry panelist, production consultant, and advocate for diversity in the community.

As is always with the case with Americana Soul Diva Lilli Lewis — stay tuned!


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"the most mesmerizing and soul touching combination of jazz, blues, gospel, and field folk imaginable. The audience went fn nuts." - Middleton O'Malley, Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
A riveting a cappella opening to Lilli Lewis’ ‘Coretta’s Song’ brings to mind a Negro spiritual, and pulls the listener in for a taut, acoustic beacon to the resilience of black women."

Jeff Harvey

Lilli Lewis is one of the best for pure emotional impact and sincerity in her artistry. If you haven't heard her then do yourself a favor and become enthralled.”

Demian Roberts

Lilli has a voice with depth and inspiration that takes the best of jazz, folk, and pop and simply soars.”

David Kunian

New Orleans Jazz Museum


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