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Frayne Lewis

Frayne Lewis

Producer, and songwriter Frayne Lewis plays the bass guitar. But if listeners expect a bass-centered instrumental experience on his debut album, Frayne (OmTown), they’ve got another thing coming. “At home, yeah, I’ll play bass all day, but for a whole album’s worth? I don’t know,” says Lewis. “I know Stanley Clarke and a whole lot of people do that, but for me and the kind of music I produce, I wanted a broader scope. I wanted to reach more people.”

Lewis is interested in making music that fills in the gaps between smooth jazz, classic R&B and hip-hop, and he does so with the new band-also named Frayne-which includes his brother Bobby Lewis on drums and vocals, lead vocalist Cristina Sanchez and Urban Knights regulars Kevin Randolph on keys, Eric Jackson on guitar and DJ Stereo, who also plays keys. It’s an ambitious, wide-ranging concept that might surprise some who’ve been following the 35-year-old’s career.

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