Lewis Knudsen in LeClaire
November 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CST
Lewis Knudsen is a singer / songwriter / music composer based in Rock Island, IL.
In 2007 – 2008 Lewis was waiting tables in Chicago, writing songs all the time, not knowing what to do with music, tried to start a band, it absolutely did not work. Lewis constantly wondered what the heck he was doing with his 20’s.
Loving music, but not knowing what to do with it, Lewis had also always wanted to travel, and learn another language, In early 2009, he decided to put music on the back burner and go to South Korea to teach English at Nokyang Elementary School in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul. Lewis actually did learn Korean and his experience during these two years was absolutely transformative with a variety of life challenges and lessons.
Lewis also learned that sometimes when you give something up, you get it back, as he ended up meeting a couple other music inclined English teachers in Korea, with whom he successfully formed a gigging band with, called “Takeout”.
In early 2011, Lewis returned to the US with a renewed sense of opportunity and adventure in life. He began playing live music in Senior Living homes, and quickly started playing restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, basically anywhere that paid.
Lewis continued to play music while working part time jobs until eventually, as of January 1st 2018, he was able to say he earned 100% of his living from music performance, he was definitely grinding, playing over 200 gigs a year, but was living the dream.
As a celebration of the move to full time music, at the outset of 2018 Lewis decided to write and record a new original song every week. On any streaming service you can find all of the individual tracks from this project as singles, as well as an album called simply “2018” which is sort of a ‘best of’ from this ambitious songwriting project.
March 15th, 2020 amidst the COVID 19 pandemic, the shutdown happened and all the gigs were gone. Lewis started doing Facebook livestream concerts, including a 12 hour concert, and fans, friends, and family showed up in a huge way, but Lewis knew that he needed to look at other avenues of music in the long term.
Lewis stumbled into the world of commercial music composition and after only 5 months of honing his craft, landed a song on a commerical in Paris, France for Ouigo, a high speed train service, and continues to write and record music for major brands all across the globe.
It’s been quite a wild ride but he wouldn’t trade it for anything.