Cloud 9 Mission
Born on Christmas Eve 1983, Lewis began his musical career at the very early age of 3 when parents (John & Alison) bought his first Drum Kit. Inspired by his father - John Partridge, Lewis began to play Drums at every opportunity & soon employed the teaching services of Big Band drum teacher - Freddie Wells (who also taught Gilson Lavis of Jools Holland\'s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra). Freddie gave Lewis a solid rhythmical base for his music.
Lewis was first performing in public when he stood in with The Wellington Bootles (for whom his Dad plays Bass Guitar) aged 7. Lewis found his own first band aged 9 & began performing concerts in & around his local town.
Aged 7, Lewis was introduced to the Piano by his father. The Piano served as a composing instrument for many of Lewis\' first songs. He developed his rhythmical Piano playing style when school Piano Teacher - John Blackwell became Lewis\' teacher from 1999-2001. John Blackwell instructed Lewis in Jazz Piano technique & music theory while he attended Northfields Upper School.
Lewis was taught Guitar & Bass by his father & took to the Bass Guitar especially (aged 9). Lewis found that the Bass was a key element in Jazz & Funk music, styles Lewis was beginning to embrace.
At Northfields Upper School, Lewis began learning the Tenor Saxophone with woodwind teacher - Andy Stuart. Northfields Swing Band also employed Lewis\' drumming services & he toured with them to many foreign countries including Holland, Spain & Italy for 3-4 years. Many thanks to Mr Steve Merriman & The Northfields Swing Band.
Much of Lewis\' inspiration comes from the prolific work of God, Prince, Donny Hathaway, Tracy Chapman, Sly & the Family Stone, Miles Davis, D\'Angelo, Lenny Kravitz, Rosie Gaines, Remy Shand, Sheila E, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Jaco Pastorious, David Bowie, Boyz II Men, James Brown, Maceo Parker, Bootsy Collins, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye, Parliament/Funkadelic, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Ray Charles, BB King, The Yellow Jackets, Steely Dan, Angie Stone & The Beatles to name but a few.
Lewis is now a professional Drum teacher at Greenbank Music Village. He currently plays Drums for awesome Milton Keynes band \'Headfly\', Jazz/Funk/Ska/Reggae band \'The New Groove Formation\' & Greenbank tutor band \'Doog & The Chameleons.\'
Why The Cloud9 Mission? The expression Cloud9 is used to convey happiness. Lewis wanted to use simply \'Cloud9\' but, as this was not original & Cloud9 has become more of a mission to change the music industry since it was originally devised, The Cloud9 Mission seemed more appropriate. The entire project is about inspiring happiness & positivity through God\'s gift of music & believing that there is more to music that simple profit.
Lewis began writing the songs for The Cloud9 Mission in early 1999. Recording started in 2001 & this web site followed shortly after. All music heard on this website is composed, arranged & performed entirely by Lewis. It is a collection of music & dreams for the appreciation of the world.