Planning a vacation in Mexico this Spring? If not, maybe you should... I have been chosen as a featured artist for the upcoming Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. I realize that it may be difficult to pronounce the word, but with a little pratice it'll be rollin' off your tongue like a Spring rain. Join us if you can, it will be an amazing time in an amazing tropical paradise -- but you know me... it's all business, oh yea!
So you've been checking this page for months wondering what the next big news is right? We'll... the cat's out of the bag, I do have a new song that was cowritten with John Mayer and everybody wants to know about it. No John and I aren't buds from High School, he just got writers block on a tune and made the lyrics available to see what some songwriters could do with it -- it just so happens (much to my surprise) I got inspired with it. You'll probably see a number of songs emerge with similar lyrics, don't be alarmed -- they aren't rippin' off my lyrics. The big news about it is that the song has been receiving rave reviews, so we're promoting it to radio beginning in March. The song is called "Beyond The Curve." It's a must listen and you can catch it here:
This will be going on the upcoming Heart Strings project slated to be released... hmm, ok, let's just say soon. Heart Strings will be a pop/adult contemporary release with several new love songs -- yes love songs. The response to these new songs has been mind boggling positive!
I know that many of you are fans from exposure to my jazz and Christian music and we haven't forgotten about you. I haven't stopped being a jazz/blues guitarist and I haven't given up my Christian faith either, I'm just expanding my horizons and reaching a broader range of folks.
With Heart Strings in progress, we are simultaneously working on a new jazz instrumental release that will include instrumental versions of songs from Heart Strings and from Discovery. If you're still asking "what kind of artist is Michael Lewis?" The answer is simple: I'm a pop artist who has skills as a jazz/blues guitarist and lives my life as a Christian. To put it in perspective -- John Mayer is a pop artist who has skills as a blues guitarist and chooses NOT to be a Christian.
We will continue to offer Christian concerts and as always, you can expect to see me performing at jazz and blues festivals on a regular basis. For fans of Michael Lewis the jazz artist, you can visit OneStreetOver.com. Christian music is still found under ministry on my main page but will soon have it's own domain at MichaelLewisMinistry.com
If you're wondering when we are going to release the new song I recorded with Phil Keaggy, it will come out as a jazz instrumental first, then as a vocal tune on a Christian album. Phil Keaggy is well known as one of the best Christian guitarists on the planet: www.philkeaggy.com and it was an honor to do a song with him. Michael Lewis and Phil Keaggy fans will both enjoy this tune a lot.
And for the Fuchs amp fans out there, yes, Phil did use my Scott Lerner modified 30 watt ODS on the recording and he was knocked out by it, absolutely loved it, totally dug it etc... (and that's an understatement.)
We are still planning distribution to many major chain stores and iTunes, but these contracts will follow the release of Heart Strings -- stay tuned for that. As always you can go to the music store and pick up a CD here:
Speaking of Fuchs amplifiers, it must not be overlooked that the overwhelming improvement in my electric guitar tone in recent years has been made possible in part, not only by Andy Fuchs, but also his right hand R&D guy; Scott Lerner, who has masterfully dialed in the amps I'm using and done so much to refine the tone of Andy's marvelous creations. Scott and Andy are a phenomenal team, not to mention good friends and just all around great people (and good guitarists too!) Many guitartists will be reaping the benefits of their work for years to come. Many thanks to both you guys -- you are the best!
If you're a guitar player, you may want to skip over to the ToneZone section of our website to catch the latest news and tips for great tone. If you haven't been to our forums lately, you need to go there. It is unbelievable what is happening on those pages! There is a huge community growing with many new members, tons of great info and fun things to do. We've had as many as 205 users on our forum pages at the same time and you'll find everything from science fiction to sports to weather and nifty downloads for your computer. Click here to go to the forums.
If you're on myspace, you can add Michael Lewis at the following pages:
http://www.myspace.com/michaellewis1 or for jazz: http://www.myspace.com/onestreetover1 or for Christian: http://www.myspace.com/LifeteenClarksville
Feel free to send us an email -- it is wonderful to hear from friends we have met on our tours, folks we may meet on an upcoming tour or people who are just interested in what we're doing! Thanks so much for checking in with us!
Blessings on you and your family!
Michael Lewis & family