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Sylvie Lewis

Country of origin:


Type of music generally:

Folk-pop cabaret


Most recent release, It's All True (2012)

See also:

Wikipedia's entry for Sylvie Lewis

Sylvie Lewis' facebook page

Covers/own material:


Comments about live performance:

Sylvie Lewis was in fine form last night. Eric Holden, bass player and producer/co-writer on her album as well as a Berklee grad, accompanied her on both upright and electric bass. Listening to the spare arrangement of acoustic guitar and bass along with her intimate, slightly lazy-in-a-jazzy-way vocals, I was reminded of Suzanne Vega. Sylvie's songwriting is superb too; confessional, personal, vivid. Can you tell that I like her? (11/16/02)
     Tonight, I checked in at the Hotel Cafe to catch Sylvie Lewis and Splendid. Much of the crowd stayed after their set and got to see Sylvie put on a dynamite show, starting with an a capella rendition of "Roxanne" that left the room dead silent. In a good way, of course. She had different players backing her up, including a drummer, a harmonica-ist, and a pianist who also did harmonies. Sylvie continues to floor me with her supple vocals and her ever-growing cache of killer tunes. (11/23/03,

Recommended first album:

Tangos & Tantrums for those who want more cabaret; Translations for those who want less


Tangos & Tantrums

Release info:

2005—Cheap Lullaby Records—CLR004-2



Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Sylvie Lewis—vocals, bass, acoustic guitar

Guest artists:

Frank Lenz—percussion, drums, mellotron string arrangement
Richard Swift—acoustic guitar, organ, piano, Wurlitzer, bells, mellotron, harp, background vocals
Elijah Thomson—bass
Byron Hagan—piano
Jeff Bordes—trumpet and flugelhorn
Bill Barrett—harmonica
Tariqh Akoni—guitar
Craig Macintyre—drums
Eric Holden—bass
Shawn Tubbs—electric guitar

Produced by:

Richard Swift


worth a look if you of cabaret but not over the top theatrical stuff. Lounge-cabaret? Anyway "All his exes" deserves a prize for best song of the year so far. (

Sylvie has a lot of cabaret and jazz influences, styles I don't generally love, but they're tempered by a laidback delivery. There's a lot to like here, in particular "All His Exes" and "Rockwell's Blues." (JoAnn Whetsell)


Release info:

2007—Cheap Lullaby Records



Ecto priority:

Highly recommended


Another lovely album. This one really dials down the cabaret and jazz and has broader influences. The enchanting waltz "Of course, Isabelle" skillfully blends styles and is a highlight among many wonderful songs that showcase her storytelling abilities. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.

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