Chicago will always be considered one of the birthplaces of Gospel music. Mahalia Jackson, Albertina Walker and Thomas A. Dorsey all considered Chi-Town home during important stretches in their musical careers. The Thompson Community Singers, long considered one of the most storied community choirs in Gospel music history, was a product of West Side Chicago.
Today, Kenny Lewis, another Windy City native, is continuing the proud tradition of Gospel music his city made famous, by featuring towering vocalists and exceptional musicians. His unique contribution to Gospel music can be heard on his latest album – The Way Of Escape – which features original Praise & Worship, Contemporary and Traditional Gospel music compositions written by this self-proclaimed ‘church boy’. BlackGospel.com spoke with Kenny Lewis about his new album, his musical mentors and lessons learned in the music industry.
Kenny Lewis: I think there are things that distinguishes us from others. I love Traditional Gospel. I love Contemporary Gospel. I love Praise & Worship music. I love all of that, believe or not. I was not a church choir type of kid. I wasn’t into choirs growing up. When I finally became a choir junky, sort of speak, I believed that choirs needed to be able to do Traditional, Contemporary and Praise & Worship music, as well. So, this project to me personifies who I am and who we are as artists.