LEW (Lewis Loh)

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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[edit | edit source]

Early life & family[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Our Singapore SPF rendition (2015) - Lead singer[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

The cover art for Red Flags (2019).

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

2020[edit | edit source]

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

2019[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

  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