Lew Hopson Bio
Lew Hopson is a singer and songwriter, a husband, father, poet, ex-Navy, ex-Marine Corps, Physician Assistant, movie and television actor, pessimistic optimist, dreamer, and survivor.
Born and raised on the west-side of Chicago, Lew has been writing songs since he first started singing hymns in church and love songs in elementary school.
Lew grew up listening to WVON radio in Chicago and was influenced by Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, and Etta James. Singing in gospel quartets, Lew specialized in gospel songs from artists as diverse as Sam Cook and Mahalia Jackson.
Lew went on to play with several cover bands in the San Francisco Bay Area club scene that included such legendary bands as Devo and Frankie Beverly and Maze. He opened for Etta James and Eddie Money, all the while refining his own writing style
Lew moved to Hollywood while pursuing an acting career for the next decade. He had roles in "Twins", "Internal Affairs" and “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and TV shows such as "Hill Street Blues" and "Star Trek - The Next Generation".
He continued his singing and songwriting, becoming a regular at the Hollywood Songwriter's Showcase, as well as performing with local bands all over the Los Angeles area.
Lew moved to Houston Texas, in pursuit of the love of his life. Working in the medical field, he continued playing and writing, until, in 2010, he reunited with old California friends, musicians and producers, Annie McLoone and Tom Moncrieff.
Annie and Tom had relocated their production company, McLooney Tunes, to Minnesota, so Lew came up north to record the first CD “SiNG-N 4U” in 2011, his second CD “When You Pick Up Da Funk” in 2013, and in 2015 his third and newest CD "Goody Bag".
All CDs feature original songs by Lew, with a full R&B production by Tom and Annie.