Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ephraim Lewis

Ephraim Lewis (born in 1968 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England) was a neo-soul\R&B singer who was pursuing his dreams of stardom, but a terrible tragedy cut this talented young singer's career short.

In his early years, Ephraim was part of a small group called The Lewis Five which featured his brothers.  In 1984, his mother died of a brain hemorrhage and by the time he was 16 years old, he was out of the house, living on his own.

In 1990, he met two music producers, Kevin Bacon and Jonathon Quarmby who noticed his talents and helped him out with his music career. In 1992, he signed to Elektra Records.
In April of that same year, Ephraim released his debut album "Skin" which peaked at #32 on Billboard's Heatseekers albums chart.
The first single "It Can't Be Forever" peaked at #66 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
The follow-up single "Drowning in Your Eyes" which became his only biggest hit to date, peaking at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, #12 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and #80 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.

On March 18, 1994, Ephraim was sent to Los Angeles, California to work with composer Glen Ballard and was heading for home, but unfortunately, he never got there. He died from what was originally ruled as a suicide, but a coroner ruled his death as a jump from a fourth floor balcony. He was only 26 years old.

The events that happened on the day of Ephraim's death are not quite certain. Reports say that he was on a metamphetamines binge which caused him to act psychotic or that somebody slipped him a hallucinogenic drug into his beverage at a club.

Whatever happened on that day, it caused Ephraim to act out in a strange way as he climbed on the balcony naked from his room to the top floor and either fell or jumped from it. After he fell, he smashed his head into the pavement, rendering him brain dead. Another report is that Ephraim fell over the balcony after police tasers were aimed at him.

The cause of Ephraim's death still remains controversial today. A month after his death, Ephraim's body was transported and buried in his hometown of England.

This young talented singer had his career cut short and who knows how far Ephraim's career would've gone to, but his short-lived fame will never be forgotten.

To see the music video for "Drowning in Your Eyes," go to:

To see the music video for "It Can't Be Forever," go to:

[updated on 05/30\13]


Steff said...

Who listens to this magnificent voice he has in Drowning in your eyes do not imagine that his life was troubled. I feel for this wonderful voice is no longer present to enchant us.

Beloved said...

I feel such a sense of loss at not having experienced Ephraim Lewis during his lifetime. There was and still is something about him and his ability to draw the listener in... something that holds you and makes you never want to let go. I find myself wishing I could have done something to change the circumstances surrounding Ephraim's death. If I could have changed things, he would certainly still be here. He left here not knowing how blessed, gifted and loved he was. The melodic harmonies of Ephraim Lewis... nothing compares. Ephraim, you may be gone from this realm, but you are never forgotten and loved forever.

MaxBeatbox said...

He ended his song by saying don’t you let that feeling go and repeating it in the refrain as the song ends. In some ways that refrain has shaped my personality and has affected my music making. I didn’t know this is how he died. I just found this out right now. Im Sad and Angry at death, the police and most of all drugs..