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| education          = Degree in Songwriting
| website            = http://www.lewloh.com/
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|alma mater=Sha Tin College, Berklee College of Music}}Lewis Loh (born 9 August 1996), also known as LEW, is a Singaporean singer-songwriter. In 2015, his rendition of ''Our Singapore'' went viral on the Singapore Police Force Facebook page.<ref>Ho, Olivia. “[https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singing-cop-lewis-loh-creates-a-sensation-as-singapore-police-video-goes-viral Singing cop Lewis Loh creates a sensation as Singapore Police Video goes viral]”. ''The Straits Times''. August 19, 2015. Accessed on 1 April 2019.</ref> Since then, LEW has released music of his own. As of April 2020, LEW has 111,369 monthly listeners on [https://open.spotify.com/artist/31TM5zBknJ7ZInbxnR0rlX Spotify].  
|alma mater=Sha Tin College, Berklee College of Music}}Lewis Loh (born 9 August 1996), also known as LEW, is a Singaporean singer-songwriter. In 2015, his rendition of ''Our Singapore'' went viral on the Singapore Police Force Facebook page.<ref>Ho, Olivia. “Singing cop Lewis Loh creates a sensation as Singapore Police Video goes viral”. ''The Straits Times''. August 19, 2015. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singing-cop-lewis-loh-creates-a-sensation-as-singapore-police-video-goes-viral</ref> His songs have since appeared on iTunes Singapore’s Pop charts and have gained significant traction on Spotify. As of April 2020, Lew has 111,369 monthly listeners on [https://open.spotify.com/artist/31TM5zBknJ7ZInbxnR0rlX Spotify].  
 
  
 
==Background==
 
==Background==
LEW first dabbled in singing when he auditioned for a solo part in a school production of 'The Lion King' at the age of 11.<ref>Sakshi Kuashik. “ASIAN ED SHEERAN: FALL IN LOVE WITH LEWIS LOH, HONG KONG’S RISING SINGER-SONGWRITING STAR”. ''Coconuts Singapore''. September 18, 2014. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: https://coconuts.co/hongkong/features/asian-ed-sheeran-fall-love-lewis-loh-hong-kongs-rising-singer-songwriting-star</ref> In these early years, he mainly did covers of songs from artists such as Ed Sheeran, Birdy and Passenger.<ref>Sakshi Kuashik. “ASIAN ED SHEERAN: FALL IN LOVE WITH LEWIS LOH, HONG KONG’S RISING SINGER-SONGWRITING STAR”. ''Coconuts Singapore''. September 18, 2014. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: https://coconuts.co/hongkong/features/asian-ed-sheeran-fall-love-lewis-loh-hong-kongs-rising-singer-songwriting-star</ref> After experiencing his first heartbreak at 17 years old, LEW started writing his own songs.<ref>Foo, Sean. “Out Of The Closet: Lewis Loh aka LEW Shares His Story”. ''Dear Straight People''. September 5, 2017. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from:  https://dearstraightpeople.com/2017/09/05/out-of-the-closet-lewis-loh-aka-lew-shares-his-story/</ref> One of LEW’s songwriting influences is Michael David Rosenberg, the front-man of British band Passenger.<ref>“Artist Spotlight: LEW”. ''Bakchormeeboy''. August 9, 2017. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from:  https://bakchormeeboy.com/2017/08/09/artist-spotlight-lew/</ref>
 
  
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=== Early life & family ===
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LEW and his twin sister were born on 9 August 1996 in Hong Kong to Singaporean parents.<ref>Eddino Abdul Hadi. "[https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/ns-a-hit-and-miss-affair-for-music-career National service cop Lewis Loh turns down chance to go on Sing! China and The Voice]". ''The Straits Times''. August 10, 2016. Accessed on 20 April 2020.</ref> He was raised in Hong Kong and first dabbled in singing when he auditioned for a solo part in a school production of ''The Lion King'' at the age of 11.<ref>Sakshi Kuashik. “[https://coconuts.co/hongkong/features/asian-ed-sheeran-fall-love-lewis-loh-hong-kongs-rising-singer-songwriting-star ASIAN ED SHEERAN: FALL IN LOVE WITH LEWIS LOH, HONG KONG’S RISING SINGER-SONGWRITING STAR]”. ''Coconuts Singapore''. September 18, 2014. Accessed on 1 April 2019.</ref> After experiencing his first heartbreak at 17 years old, LEW started writing his own songs.<ref>Foo, Sean. “[https://dearstraightpeople.com/2017/09/05/out-of-the-closet-lewis-loh-aka-lew-shares-his-story/ Out Of The Closet: Lewis Loh aka LEW Shares His Story]”. ''Dear Straight People''. September 5, 2017. Accessed on 1 April 2019.</ref> One of his songwriting influences is Michael David Rosenberg, the front-man of British band Passenger.<ref>“[https://bakchormeeboy.com/2017/08/09/artist-spotlight-lew/ Artist Spotlight: LEW]”. ''Bakchormeeboy''. August 9, 2017. Accessed on 1 April 2019.</ref> He returned to Singapore in 2015 to serve his National Service (NS).
  
In 2015, LEW appeared in a video ([https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10154180413369408 Facebook video]) as the lead singer for the SPF band's rendition of ‘One Singapore’.<ref>Ho, Olivia. “Singing cop Lewis Loh creates a sensation as Singapore Police Video goes viral”. ''The Straits Times''. August 19, 2015. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singing-cop-lewis-loh-creates-a-sensation-as-singapore-police-video-goes-viral</ref> The video went viral and he had been dubbed the 'Singing Cop' at the time. As of May 2019, the video has more than 400,000 views, 9,000 shares and 9,000 likes on Facebook.<ref>Singapore Police Force. ''Facebook''. August 9, 2015. Accessed on 21 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/singaporepoliceforce/videos/10154180413369408/</ref> In the same year, LEW participated in a National Arts Council music programme and was one of six artists to be awarded the Noise Singapore Award. Along with the award, LEW had also received a grant worth S$5,000.<ref>Malcolm Mcnicol. “LEW had to turn down The Voice but that didn’t stop him becoming #5 on Spotify’s “Singapore Viral 50s” playlist”. ''Young Post''. July 9, 2017. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: https://yp.scmp.com/entertainment/music/article/106729/lew-had-turn-down-voice-didnt-stop-him-becoming-5-spotify%E2%80%99s-</ref>
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=== Education ===
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At 16 years old, LEW had attended a summer programme at Berklee College of Music in Boston.<ref>Eddino Abdul Hadi. "[https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/ns-a-hit-and-miss-affair-for-music-career National service cop Lewis Loh turns down chance to go on Sing! China and The Voice]". ''The Straits Times''. August 10, 2016. Accessed on 20 April 2020.</ref> Following NS, LEW enrolled in a full-time degree course at the college, pursuing songwriting.<ref>Aravin Sandran. "[https://www.buro247.sg/culture/music/baybeats-2019-singaporean-singer-lewis-loh-overcame-his-bullying-history-to-build-a-music-career-on-authenticity.html Baybeats 2019: Singaporean singer Lewis Loh overcame his bullying history to build a music career on authenticity]".  ''BURO''. August 19, 2019. Accessed on 20 April 2020.</ref>
  
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==Music career highlights==
  
Having been open about his bisexuality, LEW has been featured on Dear Straight People, a local LGBT online publication.<ref>"Out Of The Closet: Lewis Loh aka LEW Shares His Story". ''Dear Straight People''. September 5, 2017. Accessed on 21 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://dearstraightpeople.com/2017/09/05/out-of-the-closet-lewis-loh-aka-lew-shares-his-story/</ref><ref>Dear Straight People. "12 LGBTQ Singaporeans Share Their Hopes For Singapore". ''Dear Straight People''. August 9, 2017. Accessed on 21 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://dearstraightpeople.com/2017/08/09/12-lgbtq-singaporeans-share-their-hopes-for-singapore/</ref> On the platform, he covered the National Day song ‘Home’ ([https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=188&v=CvhMI8Sm-_Y YouTube video]) and appeared in the music video alongside prominent members of the local LGBT community including NORIStar, Alexander Teh, Faliqh and Otto Fong.<ref>Dear Straight People. "HOME - LGBT NATIONAL DAY COVER OF KIT CHAN". ''YouTube''. August 6, 2017. Accessed on 21 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=188&v=CvhMI8Sm-_Y</ref>
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=== ''Our Singapore'' SPF rendition (2015) - Lead singer ===
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In 2015, LEW appeared in a video ([https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10154180413369408 Facebook video]) as the lead singer for the SPF band's rendition of ''Our Singapore''. The video went viral and he had been dubbed the "Singing Cop" at the time.<ref>Ho, Olivia. “[https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singing-cop-lewis-loh-creates-a-sensation-as-singapore-police-video-goes-viral Singing cop Lewis Loh creates a sensation as Singapore Police Video goes viral]”. ''The Straits Times''. August 19, 2015. Accessed on 1 April 2019.</ref>
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=== Noise Singapore Music Mentorship programme (2015) - Participant & award recipient ===
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In 2015, LEW participated in a National Arts Council (NAC) music programme and was one of six artists in the programme to receive the Noise Singapore Award. Along with the award, LEW had also received a grant worth S$5,000.<ref>Malcolm Mcnicol. “[https://yp.scmp.com/entertainment/music/article/106729/lew-had-turn-down-voice-didnt-stop-him-becoming-5-spotify%E2%80%99s- LEW had to turn down The Voice but that didn’t stop him becoming #5 on Spotify’s “Singapore Viral 50s” playlist]”. ''Young Post''. July 9, 2017. Accessed on 1 April 2019.</ref>
  
 
==Discography==
 
==Discography==
===Albums===
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[[File:Red Flags Lew.png|thumb|''The cover art for Red Flags (2019).'']]
[[File:ENFJ album.jpg|thumb|''The album art for 'ENFJ' (2018). Retrieved from Bandcamp.''|link=]]In 2018, LEW released two albums titled 'There's Something in My Eye' and 'ENFJ'.
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As of April 2020, LEW is an artist under the label - Where Are The Fruits.<ref>"[https://www.wherearethefruits.com/artists Artists]". ''Where Are The Fruits''. Accessed on 20 April 2020.</ref>
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=== 2020 ===
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{| class="wikitable"
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!Date Released
 +
!Single
 +
!Duration
 +
!Record Label(s)
 +
|-
 +
|17 January 2020
 +
|Red Flags (Reprise)
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|2:16
 +
|Where Are The Fruits
 +
|}
 +
 
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=== 2019 ===
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
{| class="wikitable"
 +
!Date Released
 
!Album
 
!Album
!There's Something in My Eye
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!Song
 
!Duration
 
!Duration
 +
!Record Label(s)
 
|-
 
|-
|1
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| rowspan="5" |18 October 2019
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| rowspan="5" |Red Flags
 +
|Serendipity (ft. Julia Gartha)
 +
|2:46
 +
| rowspan="5" |Where Are The Fruits
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|-
 +
|In Time (ft. Marian Carmel)
 +
|3:18
 +
|-
 +
|Red Flags (ft. [[Joie Tan]])
 +
|2:19
 +
|-
 +
|Screaming
 +
|3:33
 +
|-
 +
|Somebody New (ft. Ariyel)
 +
|3:50
 +
|}
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=== 2018 ===
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[[File:There's Something in My Eye Lew.jpg|thumb|''The cover art for There's Something in My Eye (2018). Retrieved from Bandcamp.'']]
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In 2018, LEW released two albums - ''There's Something in My Eye'' and ''ENFJ''.
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{| class="wikitable"
 +
!Date Released
 +
!Album
 +
!Song
 +
!Duration
 +
!Record Label(s)
 +
|-
 +
| rowspan="6" |4 October 2018
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| rowspan="6" |There's Something in My Eye
 
|Real Human Pillow
 
|Real Human Pillow
 
|2:40
 
|2:40
 +
| rowspan="13" |Where Are The Fruits
 
|-
 
|-
|2
 
 
|Frank Ocean Song
 
|Frank Ocean Song
 
|2:45
 
|2:45
 
|-
 
|-
|3
 
 
|Honest
 
|Honest
 
|2:40
 
|2:40
 
|-
 
|-
|4
 
 
|Lauren's Song
 
|Lauren's Song
 
|3:12
 
|3:12
 
|-
 
|-
|5
 
 
|A Little Convicted
 
|A Little Convicted
 
|0:59
 
|0:59
 
|-
 
|-
|6
 
 
|Short Story Long
 
|Short Story Long
 
|3:52
 
|3:52
 
|-
 
|-
!Album
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| rowspan="6" |11 August 2018
!ENFJ
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| rowspan="6" |ENFJ
!Duration
 
|-
 
|1
 
 
|ENFJ
 
|ENFJ
 
|3:37
 
|3:37
 
|-
 
|-
|2
 
 
|Treehouse
 
|Treehouse
 
|3:33
 
|3:33
 
|-
 
|-
|3
 
 
|Pillow Thoughts
 
|Pillow Thoughts
 
|4:47
 
|4:47
 
|-
 
|-
|4
 
 
|Flaws
 
|Flaws
 
|3:46
 
|3:46
 
|-
 
|-
|5
 
 
|Mental Storms
 
|Mental Storms
 
|3:40
 
|3:40
 
|-
 
|-
|6
 
 
|We're Not Ordinary
 
|We're Not Ordinary
 
|3:27
 
|3:27
|}[[File:Lullacry album.jpg|thumb|''The album art for 'Lullacry' (2017). Retrieved from Bandcamp.''|link=]]In 2017, LEW released his debut album titled ‘Lullacry’. The album had managed to garner over 2.1 million plays on Spotify with it topping the Singapore iTunes Charts as well. Furthermore, the album was able to rank sixth on the iTunes Charts  in China and ninth in Taiwan.<ref>“Bio”. ''Lew Loh''. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: http://www.lewloh.com/bio</ref> According to a 2017 interview with Buro247, the song ‘All I Am’ follows the story of someone who was falling in love with a more complicated person while ‘Wings’ was a testament to the flaws possessed by every individual.<ref>Adibah Isa. “LEW talks us through his new album, Lullacry”. ''Buro247 Singapore''. July 8, 2017. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.buro247.sg/culture/music/lew-lullacry-album-launch-singapore.html</ref>
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|-
 +
|2018
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| -
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|Love Is
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|3:38
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|}
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=== 2017 ===
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[[File:Lullacry album.jpg|thumb|''The cover art for Lullacry (2017) had been designed by local artist, Lovage. Retrieved from Bandcamp.''|link=]]In 2017, LEW released his debut album titled ''Lullacry''.<ref>“Bio”. ''Lew Loh''. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: http://www.lewloh.com/bio</ref><ref>Adibah Isa. “LEW talks us through his new album, Lullacry”. ''Buro247 Singapore''. July 8, 2017. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.buro247.sg/culture/music/lew-lullacry-album-launch-singapore.html</ref>
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
{| class="wikitable"
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!Date Released
 
!Album
 
!Album
!Lullacry
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!Song
 
!Duration
 
!Duration
 +
!Record Label(s)
 
|-
 
|-
|1
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| rowspan="13" |7 July 2017
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| rowspan="13" |Lullacry
 
|Prelude
 
|Prelude
 
|0:46
 
|0:46
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| rowspan="13" |Where Are The Fruits
 
|-
 
|-
|2
 
 
|Crazy
 
|Crazy
 
|3:41
 
|3:41
 
|-
 
|-
|3
 
 
|Wings
 
|Wings
 
|3:29
 
|3:29
 
|-
 
|-
|4
 
 
|Greed
 
|Greed
 
|2:51
 
|2:51
 
|-
 
|-
|5
 
 
|Reality (ft. Joie Tan)
 
|Reality (ft. Joie Tan)
 
|4:01
 
|4:01
 
|-
 
|-
|6
 
 
|Boy I Knew
 
|Boy I Knew
 
|3:25
 
|3:25
 
|-
 
|-
|7
 
 
|Organs
 
|Organs
 
|4:12
 
|4:12
 
|-
 
|-
|8
 
 
|Loved You So - Lullacry Version
 
|Loved You So - Lullacry Version
 
|4:08
 
|4:08
 
|-
 
|-
|9
 
 
|Infection
 
|Infection
 
|3:30
 
|3:30
 
|-
 
|-
|10
 
 
|All I Am
 
|All I Am
 
|4:59
 
|4:59
 
|-
 
|-
|11
 
 
|Baby Steps (ft. Joie Tan)
 
|Baby Steps (ft. Joie Tan)
 
|5:38
 
|5:38
 
|-
 
|-
|12
 
 
|Contract
 
|Contract
 
|3:35
 
|3:35
 
|-
 
|-
|13
 
 
|Pill
 
|Pill
 
|4:47
 
|4:47
 
|}
 
|}
===Singles===
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===2016===
In 2018, LEW collaborated with Indonesian producer Abram and Singapore singer-songwriter Theodora on the song ‘War in My Brain’.<ref>Surej Singh. “LEW and Theodora collaborate with Indonesian producer Abram for ‘War In My Brain’ - Listen”. ''Bandwagon''. May 25, 2018. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.bandwagon.asia/articles/lew-and-theodora-collaborate-with-indonesian-producer-abram-for-war-in-my-brain-listen</ref> LEW's 2016 single 'Loved You So' ranked ninth on the iTunes Singapore Pop Charts.<ref>“Bio”. ''Lew Loh''. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: http://www.lewloh.com/bio</ref>
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LEW's single ''Loved You So'' (2016) ranked ninth on the iTunes Singapore Pop Charts.<ref>“Bio”. ''Lew Loh''. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: http://www.lewloh.com/bio</ref>
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
{| class="wikitable"
!Year
+
!Date Released
!Title
+
!Single
 
!Duration
 
!Duration
 +
!Record Label(s)
 
|-
 
|-
|2018
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|26 August 2016
|We’re Not Ordinary
 
|3:27
 
|-
 
|2018
 
|Flaws
 
|3:46
 
|-
 
|2018
 
|Lies and Covers (SLAYN)
 
|2:57
 
|-
 
|2018
 
|Insomnia (Ft. Jajoma)
 
|2:48
 
|-
 
|2018
 
|Love Is
 
|3:38
 
|-
 
|2018
 
|War in My Brain (with ABRAM and Theodora)
 
|3:04
 
|-
 
|2016
 
 
|Loved You So
 
|Loved You So
 
|4:10
 
|4:10
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|Where Are The Fruits
 
|-
 
|-
|2016
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|February 2016
 
|Two
 
|Two
 
|3:26
 
|3:26
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|<nowiki>Level Up | Tribe</nowiki>
 
|}
 
|}
==Performances==
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===Concert / Showcase===
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== Music collaborations ==
{| class="wikitable"
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Since his debut, LEW has collaborated professionally with various artists - one of them being the local musician [[Joie Tan]].
!Date
 
!Festival
 
!Organiser
 
!Location
 
|-
 
|5 July 2017
 
|LEW - Lullacry Album Launch<ref>“LEW - Lullacry Album Launch”. ''Peatix''. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: https://lullacry.peatix.com/?lang=en-sg</ref>
 
|<nowiki>-</nowiki>
 
|The Annexe Studio, Esplanade, Singapore
 
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===Media appearances===
 
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
!Year
 
!Year
!Partner / Organisation
+
!Project
!Media appearances
+
!Artist(s)
|-
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!Refs.
|2018
 
|The Smart Lcoal
 
|LEW was featured in the fourth episode of TSL Office Jams.<ref>TheSmartLocal. "TSL Office James | LEW - Flaws". ''YouTube''. August 8, 2018. Accessed on 21 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZJZSYZSIvw</ref>
 
 
|-
 
|-
| rowspan="2" |2017
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| rowspan="4" |2019
|MTV
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|Serendipity
|LEW was interviewed as part of MTV’s Bi Visibility Day 2017.<ref>Ony Anukem. “BI VISIBILITY DAY 2017 - Q&A WITH LEW’. ''MTV Staying Alive''. August 23, 2017. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: <nowiki>http://www.mtvstayingalive.org/blog/2017/09/bi-visibility-day-2017-qa-with-lew/</nowiki></ref>
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|Julia Gartha
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|[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx8I1G6sdEI Official Audio]
 
|-
 
|-
|The Straits Times
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|In Time
|LEW was featured on ST Sessions which features local talents.<ref>Eddino Abdul Hadi. “ST Sessions: Lew mends broken heart with music”. ''The Straits Times.'' January 6, 2017. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from:  https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/st-sessions-lew-mends-broken-heart-with-music</ref>
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|Marian Carmel
|}
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|[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaALdu2NFMo Official Audio]
===Music festivals===
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
!Date
 
!Festival
 
!Organiser
 
!Location
 
 
|-
 
|-
|4 August 2018
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|Red Flags
|SHINE Festival 2018<ref>Gwee, Karen. “More than 30 artists, including Joe Flizzow, Charlie Lim, Tabitha Nauser to perform at SHINE Festival this weekend”. ''Bandwagon''. August 1, 2018. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.bandwagon.asia/articles/youthx-shine-festival-joe-flizzow-charlie-lim-tabitha-nauser-etc</ref>SHINE Festival is an annual festival held to showcase local talents.
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|Joie Tan
|National Youth Council
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|[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHJnY-vjG0E Official Audio]
|OCBC Square Stage, Singapore Sports Hub Singapore
 
 
|-
 
|-
|July 2017
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|Somebody New
|SHINE Festival 2017<ref>“Shine Festival 2017 - LEW Performance”. ''Twitch TV''. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/156512477</ref>
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|Ariyel
|National Youth Council
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|[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcQHkHsFghg Official Audio]
|Orchard Road, Singapore
 
 
|-
 
|-
|17 December 2016
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| rowspan="4" |2018
|*Scape The Invasion<ref>Hon, Jing Yi. “Nathan Hartono, Inch Chua to collaborate on stage for the first time at *SCAPE The Invasion Festival”. ''Today''. December 16, 2016. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.todayonline.com/entertainment/nathan-hartono-inch-chua-collaborate-stage-first-time-scape-invasion-festival</ref>LEW performed with Singaporean artist Joie Tan.
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|Lies and Covers
|*Scape
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|SLAYN
|*Scape The Ground Theatre, Singapore
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|[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j0r1ILkRh4 Official Audio]
 
|-
 
|-
|19 June 2016
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|Insomnia
|The Twenty Something Theatre Festival
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|Jajoma
 
|<nowiki>-</nowiki>
 
|<nowiki>-</nowiki>
|Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore
 
 
|-
 
|-
|2013
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|Love Is
|Clockenflap 2013<ref>Sakshi Kuashik. “ASIAN ED SHEERAN: FALL IN LOVE WITH LEWIS LOH, HONG KONG’S RISING SINGER-SONGWRITING STAR”. ''Coconuts Singapore''. September 18, 2014. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: https://coconuts.co/hongkong/features/asian-ed-sheeran-fall-love-lewis-loh-hong-kongs-rising-singer-songwriting-star</ref>LEW performed a duet with Scottish artist Nina Nesbitt.
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|Chris Color
|Magnetic Asia
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|[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtSpncZyI40 Official Audio]
|Hong Kong
 
|}
 
===Others===
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
!Date
 
!Festival
 
!Organiser
 
!Location
 
 
|-
 
|-
|12 October 2016
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|War in My Brain
|Bandwagon Nights<ref>“LEW and Sphaeras lined up for Bandwagon Nights at Hard Rock Cafe”. ''Bandwagon''. October 9, 2016. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.bandwagon.asia/articles/lew-and-sphaeras-lined-up-for-bandwagon-nights</ref>The series also featured Singaporean band Sphaeras
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|ABRAM, Theodora
|Bandwagon
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|[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDLtUIFp7C0 Official Audio]
|Hard Rock Cafe, Singapore
 
 
|-
 
|-
|2 September 2016
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| rowspan="2" |2017
|Mosaic Music Weekend<ref>“LEW”. ''Esplanade''. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.esplanade.com/festivals-and-series/mosaic-music-weekend/2016/lew-mmw</ref>
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|Baby Steps (Hiraeth Remix)
|Esplanade
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|Joie Tan, Hiraeth
|Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
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|[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQZkC_jsWq8 Official Audio]
 
|-
 
|-
|3 October 2015
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|Reality
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Latest revision as of 12:32, 20 April 2020

LEW
Lew Loh profile image.jpg
Born
Lewis Loh

9 August 1996
Hong Kong
EducationDegree in Songwriting
Alma materSha Tin College, Berklee College of Music

Lewis Loh (born 9 August 1996), also known as LEW, is a Singaporean singer-songwriter. In 2015, his rendition of Our Singapore went viral on the Singapore Police Force Facebook page.[1] Since then, LEW has released music of his own. As of April 2020, LEW has 111,369 monthly listeners on Spotify.

Background

Early life & family

LEW and his twin sister were born on 9 August 1996 in Hong Kong to Singaporean parents.[2] He was raised in Hong Kong and first dabbled in singing when he auditioned for a solo part in a school production of The Lion King at the age of 11.[3] After experiencing his first heartbreak at 17 years old, LEW started writing his own songs.[4] One of his songwriting influences is Michael David Rosenberg, the front-man of British band Passenger.[5] He returned to Singapore in 2015 to serve his National Service (NS).

Education

At 16 years old, LEW had attended a summer programme at Berklee College of Music in Boston.[6] Following NS, LEW enrolled in a full-time degree course at the college, pursuing songwriting.[7]

Music career highlights

Our Singapore SPF rendition (2015) - Lead singer

In 2015, LEW appeared in a video (Facebook video) as the lead singer for the SPF band's rendition of Our Singapore. The video went viral and he had been dubbed the "Singing Cop" at the time.[8]

Noise Singapore Music Mentorship programme (2015) - Participant & award recipient

In 2015, LEW participated in a National Arts Council (NAC) music programme and was one of six artists in the programme to receive the Noise Singapore Award. Along with the award, LEW had also received a grant worth S$5,000.[9]

Discography

The cover art for Red Flags (2019).

As of April 2020, LEW is an artist under the label - Where Are The Fruits.[10]

2020

Date Released Single Duration Record Label(s)
17 January 2020 Red Flags (Reprise) 2:16 Where Are The Fruits

2019

Date Released Album Song Duration Record Label(s)
18 October 2019 Red Flags Serendipity (ft. Julia Gartha) 2:46 Where Are The Fruits
In Time (ft. Marian Carmel) 3:18
Red Flags (ft. Joie Tan) 2:19
Screaming 3:33
Somebody New (ft. Ariyel) 3:50

2018

The cover art for There's Something in My Eye (2018). Retrieved from Bandcamp.

In 2018, LEW released two albums - There's Something in My Eye and ENFJ.

Date Released Album Song Duration Record Label(s)
4 October 2018 There's Something in My Eye Real Human Pillow 2:40 Where Are The Fruits
Frank Ocean Song 2:45
Honest 2:40
Lauren's Song 3:12
A Little Convicted 0:59
Short Story Long 3:52
11 August 2018 ENFJ ENFJ 3:37
Treehouse 3:33
Pillow Thoughts 4:47
Flaws 3:46
Mental Storms 3:40
We're Not Ordinary 3:27
2018 - Love Is 3:38

2017

The cover art for Lullacry (2017) had been designed by local artist, Lovage. Retrieved from Bandcamp.

In 2017, LEW released his debut album titled Lullacry.[11][12]

Date Released Album Song Duration Record Label(s)
7 July 2017 Lullacry Prelude 0:46 Where Are The Fruits
Crazy 3:41
Wings 3:29
Greed 2:51
Reality (ft. Joie Tan) 4:01
Boy I Knew 3:25
Organs 4:12
Loved You So - Lullacry Version 4:08
Infection 3:30
All I Am 4:59
Baby Steps (ft. Joie Tan) 5:38
Contract 3:35
Pill 4:47

2016

LEW's single Loved You So (2016) ranked ninth on the iTunes Singapore Pop Charts.[13]

Date Released Single Duration Record Label(s)
26 August 2016 Loved You So 4:10 Where Are The Fruits
February 2016 Two 3:26 Level Up | Tribe

Music collaborations

Since his debut, LEW has collaborated professionally with various artists - one of them being the local musician Joie Tan.

Year Project Artist(s) Refs.
2019 Serendipity Julia Gartha Official Audio
In Time Marian Carmel Official Audio
Red Flags Joie Tan Official Audio
Somebody New Ariyel Official Audio
2018 Lies and Covers SLAYN Official Audio
Insomnia Jajoma -
Love Is Chris Color Official Audio
War in My Brain ABRAM, Theodora Official Audio
2017 Baby Steps (Hiraeth Remix) Joie Tan, Hiraeth Official Audio
Reality Joie Tan Official Audio

References / Citations

  1. Ho, Olivia. “Singing cop Lewis Loh creates a sensation as Singapore Police Video goes viral”. The Straits Times. August 19, 2015. Accessed on 1 April 2019.
  2. Eddino Abdul Hadi. "National service cop Lewis Loh turns down chance to go on Sing! China and The Voice". The Straits Times. August 10, 2016. Accessed on 20 April 2020.
  3. Sakshi Kuashik. “ASIAN ED SHEERAN: FALL IN LOVE WITH LEWIS LOH, HONG KONG’S RISING SINGER-SONGWRITING STAR”. Coconuts Singapore. September 18, 2014. Accessed on 1 April 2019.
  4. Foo, Sean. “Out Of The Closet: Lewis Loh aka LEW Shares His Story”. Dear Straight People. September 5, 2017. Accessed on 1 April 2019.
  5. Artist Spotlight: LEW”. Bakchormeeboy. August 9, 2017. Accessed on 1 April 2019.
  6. Eddino Abdul Hadi. "National service cop Lewis Loh turns down chance to go on Sing! China and The Voice". The Straits Times. August 10, 2016. Accessed on 20 April 2020.
  7. Aravin Sandran. "Baybeats 2019: Singaporean singer Lewis Loh overcame his bullying history to build a music career on authenticity". BURO. August 19, 2019. Accessed on 20 April 2020.
  8. Ho, Olivia. “Singing cop Lewis Loh creates a sensation as Singapore Police Video goes viral”. The Straits Times. August 19, 2015. Accessed on 1 April 2019.
  9. Malcolm Mcnicol. “LEW had to turn down The Voice but that didn’t stop him becoming #5 on Spotify’s “Singapore Viral 50s” playlist”. Young Post. July 9, 2017. Accessed on 1 April 2019.
  10. "Artists". Where Are The Fruits. Accessed on 20 April 2020.
  11. “Bio”. Lew Loh. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: http://www.lewloh.com/bio
  12. Adibah Isa. “LEW talks us through his new album, Lullacry”. Buro247 Singapore. July 8, 2017. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.buro247.sg/culture/music/lew-lullacry-album-launch-singapore.html
  13. “Bio”. Lew Loh. Accessed on 1 April 2019. Retrieved from: http://www.lewloh.com/bio