b. London, England. The blend of jazz, folk and chanson favoured by this artist can be traced back to the musical influence of her grandparents, one of which played jazz-influenced guitar and the other worked as a choral scholar. By her early teens Lewis was performing in a jazz trio around her native London, and recorded a demo tape with legendary producer George Martin. In her late teens she relocated to America to study at Bostonâ€™s prestigious Berklee College Of Music, switching from her first love of jazz to earn a degree in Songwriting and Composition. After graduation Lewis moved to Los Angeles and began establishing a presence on the cityâ€™s thriving songwriting scene. A roughly recorded EP, Beautiful Mess, of her songs was released in 2001, and was sufficiently impressive to land Lewis a contract with the LA-based Cheap Lullaby label. Released in 2005, Tangos & Tantrums unveiled Lewis as a fluent cabaret singer with the album drifting by on a bed of jazz, folk, salsa and ragtime. Lewisâ€™ sweet, sensual vocals provided an immediate entry point for many smitten critics, but it was her highly literate and frequently risquÃ© lyrics that gave the collection added impetus. The album was highly fÃªted in both Lewisâ€™ native England and her adopted homeland of America, and prompted the recording of a second collection for Cheap Lullaby. Released at the end of 2007, Translations was another beautifully realised album that confirmed Lewis as a modern-day chansonnier of considerable talent.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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