Stewart Lewis’s soulful blend of pop and folk has been featured on many TV shows, including Ghost Whisperer, Dawson’s Creek, Party of Five, and MTV’s Laguna Beach, as well as the feature films A Four Letter Word, Just Friends, and Firehouse Dog . His magnetic stage presence and quirky storytelling have earned him spots opening for Shawn Colvin, Patty Larkin, Josh Ritter, Sheryl Crow, and Ani Difranco to name a few. For more information, visit www.stewartlewis.com.
Which artists got you into music? Which LGBT artists influenced you?
I was raised in a Partridge family sort of environment – someone threw me a tambourine when i was like, two. My parents are in a bluegrass band. so i guess music was always in my blood. I was first influenced by people like James Taylor and Joni Mitchell.
Tthe LGBT artists that influence me are the obvious (Rufus, Melissa) to the Indie (Jay Brannan, Gregory Douglass).
Is your family supportive of your sexuality and your career?
Completely. I feel very lucky because of it.
When did you get your big break?
I was in a restaurant in Hollywood, and started talking to the guy at the next table, who was friends with Elton John (and was the bf of a legendary songwriter) and two weeks later I signed a management deal with him.
Which other LGBT artists do you associate with?
To be honest, I like people like Ellen Degeneres and Rachel Maddow. They are strong and talented women, and great role models. They don’t flaunt their sexuality, it just adds to their greatness.
Any interesting stories from your music career or thoughts you’d like to share?
When i was a toddler, I remember seeing this woman in crazy glasses always jogging by our summer house in Hyannis Port, MA. She always used to stop and grab my cheeks. My mother says she adored me. It was Jackie-O.
When I opened for Ani Difranco, she told me she liked my silver shoes. Then she gave me a sip of her latte. I don’t drink coffee, but at that moment, it was the best drink in the world.
A studio once paid me 50k to use my song in a film trailer. I bought a house.
Music is such a gift, and it really does make the world go round.
Stewart Lewis – Not a Love Song