LIFE offers a creative variety of 17 Gospel
songs, that are musically and lyrically put together as only Lewis
can do, in his own unique way and style, with elements of R& B,
Hip Hop, Contemporary Gospel, Neo-soul, Urban Soul, Rap, and Traditional
Gospel, all which result in "a new expression of worship." Christopher
Lewis has quite a vocal range and is able to use a variety of vocal
styles in his songs, depending on the genre and mood of the song,
which in the end offers a CD of Gospel songs that are quite different
and a joy to take in. Lewis explains, "I can't reach my kids with
the same stuff that my momma used to reach me. I am preaching the
same God, the same Jesus, but using different bait to catch the
Because of Lewis's considerable musical
gifts as a composer and performer, as well as his dependence on
the Lord for inspiration, his new CD, LIFE offers the listener opportunities
to "worship the Lord in Spirit and Truth." This reviewer found this
CD a transcending experience, lifting my spirits up, bolstering
my faith during a week when nothing was going right, encouraging
my own walk with Jesus. Others have come to the same conclusion.
"Long recognized for his songwriting ability, Lewis took first place
honors at BMI's 2002 New Music Nights Showcase."
The first priority, however, for Chris Lewis
in creating music for the glory of the Lord, is to spend time with
the Lord, examine his heart attitudes and confess any sin that may
get in the way of his relationship with the Lord. Throughout his
life, Lewis has found that "writing a song comes easy to me when
I'm in right standing. I fall short every day, but when I go to
Him, and repent, it puts me inline to hear His voice."
On his debut CD, LIFE, Lewis skillfully,
playfully, pours out his personal heart before the Lord. (Like Psalmist
David) His unique brand of music reflects his deliberate choices
to serve God and his family to the best of his ability, living a
life in Christ. Lewis explains: "My music is real. It is candid,
honest. It speaks to everyday people about everyday situations.
Life experiences made this CD."
Christopher enjoys "lyricizing the realities
of his life," such as his faith in Jesus and his deepening relationship
with Him, singing praise to what the Lord personally has done for
him, his family, and generally for all believers as well. Other topics
he explores are Salvation, racial barriers, and temptations which
exist even in the Christian music industry (LITTLE THINGS, THE GRAMMY
SONG), as well as in anything that human beings endeavor to do (BEAUTY
QUEEN). The temptation for self-praise, self-recognition, the lure
of materialism or trying to please others instead of God can get
a person off-track, becoming stumbling blocks in serving Jesus,
glorifying the Lord, and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
LIFE CD: Samples of Songs
* * * + GOOD DAY - Composed / arranged by
Christopher Lewis. (Psalm 118:24, Philippians 3:1)
A personal praise song, with an upbeat soulful
flavor. Easy, catchy rhythm, with percussion, electric guitars,
supporting the rhythm of the melody, which is carried by vocals
alone. Electric keyboard plays soft chords that hold the rhythm
together and lightly support the vocals. Interesting doted note,
syncopated rhythms in vocals. Vocal styles change on certain words
for both the main vocal and the backup singers, giving this song
a contemporary, soulful Gospel personality, sure to brighten your
1) It's a good day. The devil thought I had,
A reason to be mad . Looks like another good day. I think I will
rejoice and be glad. (Repeat - slightly different)
2) It's been a good day, the devil thought
we knew a reason to be blue, Looks like another good day, I think
I will rejoice and be glad. God Almighty, I think I will rejoice
and be glad.
Chorus: Rejoice! Rejoice! (Its 8 o'clock
in the mornin', get my mornin' on, I thank you for another day and
a new dawn'n) Blessed be the day that the Lord has made. Rejoice!
I think I will rejoice and be glad. I think I'll keep smilin', keep
laughin' keep dancin', (rejoice and be glad)
* * * YOU WERE THERE - Composed / arranged
by Christopher Lewis. (Hebrews 13:6 & John 10:27-30) A personal
testimony to God's goodness, mercy, His amazing grace and His faithfulness
that Christopher has experienced.
Lewis says, " God is with us second by second,
even when we mess up, even when we don't deserve His presence. He
is with me from the moment I get up to the moment I go to bed at
night. He lives this life with me. And that is an awesome thought.
We are supposed to be living life to
the fullest. Jesus told us He came to give us life, and that more
Song starts off with crisp sounds of an electrical
guitar and synthesized beat establishing the tempo, while Christopher
raps in time to the beat for the first few measures of the song.
This simple beginning is joined by the bass, claps on the 1st and
3rd beats of the measure. Chorus: Guitars play the melody, backing
up the vocals. For the rest of the verses, Guitars play an increasingly
intricate rhythm support base, for each verse. Vocal styles are
again interesting, especially in the back up singers. Nice combinations
of main vocals and backup singers. Lyrical Samples: Beginning Rap:
"Its like every where I go and everywhere I be, I got angels watching
over me. I look to my left and I look to my right, They're there
all day, all night."
2) I'm just here thinking about, when I didn't
have no way to go. Crying all night long tears on my pillow. Thought
about You in the good times. Thought about You when I was down.
How you always kept my feet on the ground. Stepped into the Benz.
Y'all turn the radio down. Didn't wanna hear a peep. Didn't wanna
hear a sound. Thought about His mercy and His amazing grace. I could've
been dead, Sleeping in my grave but you made ole death, You made
him sit down and behave. Lord you kept me from my enemies, while
I've traveled all around the world, Without my wife, three boys
and my baby girl.
Chorus: Lord I thank You for everything You've
done for me. Even when I didn't deserve Your goodness. Things I
took for granted how You always were there. And You promised never
ever to leave.
3) About five years ago, depression was taking
control. Baby girl fighting for her life in the hospital. Went to
the chapel, didn't go to stay long. Spirit gotta moving, and You
gave me a song. Every time I turn around You keep on doing great
things for me. No matter where I go, Everywhere, You're right there.
2nd Rap : State to state, city to city, we
ain't goin' nowhere like Pete Ditty. From .... to the motor city,
as long as we got You and some cash in the kitty,we keep it nitty
gritty, we ain't got no pity for the enemy when he tries to get
next to me, he's itty bitty!
The next two songs, NO COLOR, GOOD THANG
are said to be done in the genre of Urban Soul Gospel, Christopher
Lewis style, with "inventive beats and smooth vocal harmonies."
* * * NO COLOR - by Christopher Lewis. Nice
use of synthesizer, along with plucking of electric guitar, written
in a minor key. Chorus at Bridge & backup vocals on verse 2 - The
ensemble of voices produces nice, modern sounding, smooth vocal
harmonies, yet have elements of traditional Gospel; a fascinating
combination of old and new.
A conversation between an Afro-American
believer and a white nonbeliever, where the Afro-American reaches
across the race barrier to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because
Salvation is for all races. Christians are called to reach out to
others that are put in their path by the Lord, even when it means
to leave one's comfort zone, for the purpose of winning souls for
1) I'm not asking for a dime. I just want
a few short minutes of your time. I've got a couple things I wanna
say. If you listen, it's gonna make your day. If you die now, would
it be okay? Is it well with your soul where you're gonna go? Or
do You know?
Bridge: I know I caught you by surprise I
see the look in your eyes. You say you've never been asked before
from a black man at your door.
Chorus: But you're my sister and my brother,
somebody's father, somebody's mother. You're my sister and my brother
and Salvation ain't got no color. Lord have mercy now.
2) You say, you ain't ready and that's a
fact. (Hmmm Hmmm on 4th beat of every measure) You say, you got
a whole lot of living to do you ain't down with that, now But if
you don't listen and listen well then the only place for you right
now, is a burning hell. Life's too short to be fallen' around. But
will you be ready when the trumpet sound. Bridge.
Coda: Make up your mind don't give me no
excuse. I wanna know which road you gonna choose. Please don't avoid
me because of the color of my face. I'm only trying to show you
the right way. *
* * * GOOD THANG - A Crisp, tight, rock beat,
praise urban gospel song, sure to get you dancing around the room,
despite your feelings at the moment! Song has a two measure James
Bond type electrical guitar intro, tight, rhythmic vocals, with
smooth harmonies in a modern gospel style. Song cooks with funky
rhythms electric guitar riffs, providing great support for the energetic
vocals. Again, music has lots of dotted notes rhythms and syncopation.
1) People saying I'm crazy. People think
I'm following someone who's simply make believe. I know just what
you've done for me, How you come along, save my soul, took control
of me. Chorus: We got a good Thang going on (3x) Ain't no doubt
2) People saying ain't nothing to this. Every
time I keep on thinking about it. You're the only one I dream of....Lordy..
Ain't no question about the way that I'm feeling. Ain't no discussion
cause I know this love is for real.
Rap: Well done by LadyKross.- Good thangs,
hot wings, summer swings, great thangs. He keeps doing them. He
make me new again. You feeling blue again. He comes through again.
His mercy flows like a rive. I know I've been delivered. Come on
let's do it. Here's Kross breaking in with my boy Chris Lewis.
* * * I FOUND LOVE - By Jay Lewis. A contemporary
Worship & Praise song. A love letter to Jesus Christ. - Believers
have the faithful, enduring love of Jesus Christ, that they can
depend on. Living a Life in Jesus Christ means turning from known
sin to follow another path, following Him.
Song is based on an interesting, simple 8th
- 16th note rhythm established by single plucks of a guitar, percussion.
Melody and style are rhythmic, bright, catchy yet smooth, carried
just by strong vocals of Lewis and his backup singers. Modern harmonies
sung in a contemporary style, adding a special musical flavor to
1) I don't need a fake artificial, temporary
yesterday love. That's why I come to You. You're the real, true,
genuine, never the less one. Now that You're here in my heart, Leaving
Your side I could never ever make it through. Like commission said,
You're the only one and I just cannot live without You.
Chorus: I found love on a two way street.
Decided to go the way of true love. Situation number nine got old
but number ten was the one to follow You above. I'd be crazy if
I lost Your hand of tender mercy. I'm persuaded that when I found
Jesus. Whoa, I found Love.. (Whoa), Love, Love Love, (Whoa).............................
2) Now I'm giving my all to You. Not just
today, tomorrow but until the end. Turning away from sin. And the
things that I did just to get accepted for a friend. People call
me foolish for serving a God I never ever seen, But you can go on
and call me foolish...I been changed, changed, changed......
Coda: If you're looking for love, put your
hands up. If you're looking for peace put your hands up. If you're
looking for hope put your hands up....put your hands up, put your
* * * COME TO ME - By Christopher Lewis.
A song about a conversation that Jesus has with a believer /unbeliever
who is off track (John 3:16, Matt. 12:28).
A smooth, contemporary Gospel worship song
with piano, organ strings, and horns, slow rhythm-with expressive
vocals, modern harmonies. Nice mixing of backup singers, main vocals,
and a voice in the background, stating parts of the verse, and a
Bible verse or two.
1) Come to me, I only wanna love you. I
only wanna hold you in my arms. Remember when you loved me like
you used to. Wanna let you know you're not alone. And you don't
have to be afraid Oh no, Just come to me.
Chorus: If you're feeling lonely, If You're
feeling weary, If you'd only trust in me, You know I'll make you
happy. (I'LL BE RIGHT THERE).
* * * + NEVER - (Romans 8:38, Ephesians
3:18) - By Christopher Lewis. Explores the unconditional love of
Jesus, who is having a conversation with a believer who once again
has slipped, relenting to temptation or a personal weakness, temporarily
turning away from Jesus. Easy, light percussion, nice piano work,
acoustic guitar, flowing melody, smooth vocals, nice harmonies in
1) Who was the one that was there, when all
of your friends, didn't even care about you, no.... Who was the
one that understood just how you felt, And told you I've been there,
even when you walked away, left me standing in the cold. I gotta
say that I feel, The same way still. Thought that you would like
to know I don't condone the things you've done or where you've been.
I only want to forgive you from all your sins.
First Chorus: Cause you betrayed my love
for you once again, and you said you'd never do it again, even though
my love believe you again. I've been waiting to forgive you and
if you ever need me I'll be there for you. My love is not the kind
of love one can undo in the thick and thin I'll be faithful and
true. I'll never stop lovin' you. I'm never ever gonna leave from
* * * + + DELIVERED - by Christopher Lewis
- Another personal testimony of Lewis, who is having a prayerful
conversation with the Lord.
A wonderful, beautiful Praise and Worship
song that would inspire any congregation of any age or denomination.
This song was selected as the best new Gospel composition by BMI.
Over 300 plus entries. Great contemporary Gospel, with just lovely
piano work, great dynamics an uplifting melody and great expressive
vocals of Christopher Lewis. Simple harmony works well.
1) I never knew or got a chance to meet Brother
David, But I got a feeling that we've got a couple things in common
and I know What I mean to say is that we've seen our separate trials,
But at the end of them all we've seen total victory.
Chorus: Delivered from the silent frustration
of my mind. When you broke through the shadows of the past I left
behind. When the enemy came running, ranting and roaring Lord, You
showed Yourself strong in the midst of it all.
Bridge: Lord I've seen so many battles in
the warfare of the faith, And sometimes I feel like I'm fighting
on my own. Although the devil soon reminds me of defeated times
before. One defeated battle does not mean I've lost the war.
* * * COMPLETELY - (John 15: 5-8) A flowing
contemporary Gospel hymn. By Christopher Lewis -A prayerful, total
surrender of will to Jesus Christ.
Piano and some strings, acoustical guitar,
smooth traditional and contemporary harmonies of backup singers,
expressive vocals by Lewis flows like a river over the listener.
1) Thy word oh Lord, have I hidden down in
my heart. Don't wanna do the things that will keep You and I apart.
Don't even wanna say the words That You haven't spoken to me. Don't
even wanna go nowhere unless You go with me.
Chorus: I wanna be Yours, Oh Lord, completely.
Every thing I am, everything I've got, everything I'm not, I wanna
be completely. All I wanna be is completely.
2) I'll bless Your name at all times. Your
praises shall continually be in my mouth, from the rising of the
sun,'til it goes back down. I'll keep on loving You, for Your name
* * * CHRISTIAN AUTOMOBILE - By Christopher
Lewis (A tribute to traditional Gospel groups, especially The Dixie
Hummingbirds, and his father's Gospel quartet, The Twilight Gospel
Singers). Composed and sung in an authentic, traditional Gospel tradition,
with no accompaniment or percussion. Entire song has catchy, Gospel
swing rhythm, melody, and harmonies carried solely by main vocalist
and other quartet singers. Superbly done and a wonderful, uplifting
way to end the CD.
Every Child, Every Child of God, Running
for the Lord, Just like an automobile (3x).
Chorus: Prayer is drivin' license, Faith
is the steerin' wheel.
When you get on the road to glory, Satan
is gonna try to flag you down. Keep on driving if you want your
You gotta check on your tires, You got a
rough road ahead. And if you are weary from your journey, gotta
put you to bed. You gotta check on your lights and see your own
fault. Stop while you can see em children, Or your soul will be
You gotta check on your brakes, Stop your
wicked ways. Cause a man is born of a woman only for a few days.
You gotta check on your generator. You need more strength and power.
You can't do nothing without the man. You need Him every hour.
Christian, oh Christian, work on your starter.
Start up your automobile. Put it in first gear, Go head up the hill.
Drive on children. If I never see you no more. I'll meet you when
I pull in on the other shore. I'm not worried about my parking space.
I just wanna see, My Savior face to face.
Chorus. Amen and Thank God.
Julie Carr - Reviewer for ChristianMusic.com
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