Ramsey Lewis on Wine and Music
Besides winning 3 Grammys, and carrying the Olympic torch, it’s safe to say Ramsey Lewis enjoys life. What’s his recipe for life and success? What wine is he sipping these days? Who’s behind the inspiration of his legendary album, “Sun Goddess”? Tune in to this “Killer Pairings” segment with Wine Channel TV and find out.
Ramsey Lewis has recorded over 80 albums and has received seven gold records and three Grammy Awards so far in his career. His perfect pairing includes his award winning wife, Jan Lewis, who has designed custom jewelry for the Oscars. His inspiration for music and passion for life, comes in many forms, but usually includes a glass of wine while relaxing at home. His secret sauce for success; “really, really, love what you do”.
What’s Ramsey up to these days? Here’s a short snippet from his website, www.ramseylewis.com. “After having played mostly in an acoustic trio for the last fifteen years, Lewis’ latest endeavor has him returning to his electric roots. The three time Grammy® winner released Ramsey, Taking Another Look on September 20, 2011, featuring a new electric quintet with Henry Johnson on guitar, Michael Logan on keys, Joshua Ramos on bass and Charles Heath on drums. On the ten song CD, Lewis rekindles his 1974 career-defining album “Sun Goddess” through a collection of re-recorded tracks from the original disc perfectly balanced with five new tunes. “Jungle Strut” has all the attitude of its 1974 original and Lewis makes magic on the Fender Rhodes in “Tambura.” And rather than re-recording the title track “Sun Goddess”, Lewis has beautifully re-edited the original studio recording featuring Earth, Wind and Fire. Lewis and his Electric Band breathe new life into classic covers, such as the new high-octane rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Living For The City” and a tender interpretation of the timeless “Betcha By Golly Wow.”
Recently, Lewis and students from Chicago’s Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy celebrated the success of his recording of the Stevie Wonder hit, “Living for the City,” from the new CD by filming a Music Video for the track. So far, nearly 32,000 people have watched this Video on YouTube, which was entirely shot and edited by Film & Broadcast and Recording Arts students. He is a long-time resident of Chicago, and believed in the importance of giving the Tribeca Flashpoint Media students this valuable experience and unforgettable opportunity.”Cheers to Ramsey and his wife Jan for sharing their passion of life, love, music and wine with Wine Channel TV.