(Kemosabe/Columbia Records; New York, NY; April 21st, 2015) – Breakout new Kemosabe/Columbia recording artist LunchMoney Lewis has released his debut EP Bills today, available here. The lively effort is powered by the breakout single “Bills,” LunchMoney’s humorous lament about those nagging day-to-day debts that’s been hailed by the radio and media worlds as one of the more original songs of 2015.
LunchMoney is already reaping the dividends of crafting such an identifiable song, set to make his national TV debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC on April 23. Rolling Stone Magazine has hailed the affable Miami native as one of the ‘Ten new artists to watch,’ praising the ‘everyman vibe and retro feel’ of “Bills,” and predicting it just may become the signature complaint-anthem ‘for the Spotify generation.’ You can watch the official video which has already garnered millions of views, (directed by Emil Nava) below.
The debut EP, Bills, executive produced by Wallpaper’s Ricky Reed ( Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty,” Jessie J’s “Burnin’ Up,” among others) showcases the full range of LunchMoney’s boisterous talents, with songs including “Mama”, “Real Thing”, and “Love Me Back.”
The talented LunchMoney went from in-demand collaborator in his native Miami to full-fledged solo artist by hatching “Bills” with Ricky Reed and songwriter/collaborator Jacob Kasher (Kesha’s We R Who We R” among others.) The artist’s pre-launch resume is filled with diverse freelance collaborations that quickly turned heads, from creating local mixtape hits to landing breakout writing duties for marquee artists such as Nicki Minaj (The Pinkprint’s “Trini Dem Girls,” which Lunch is also featured on), as well as contributing to Fifth Harmony (the gold-certified “Bo$$”) and the aforementioned Jessie J (“Burnin’ Up” featuring 2 Chainz) with Reed. Known in production circles as a prodigious talent even early on, it was hip hop icon Salaam Remi who gave him the moniker “LunchMoney.”
As for the universally-relatable subject matter that has caused fans to embrace the hit single, including Australia where “Bills” has already achieved platinum status, LunchMoney muses: “Everybody knows the bills keep coming even after you die. I’m always looking to turn something into a positive. You can’t help but listen to the song or the EP and not feel happy.”
3 Love Me Back
4 Real Thing
About LunchMoney Lewis:
Born Gamal Lewis, The Miami native comes by his love for soul and hip-hop authentically. Lunch was raised in a musical family of Jamaican descent and grew up listening to reggae and Motown, as well as to James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Prince, and The O’Jays. His father Roger and his uncle Ian were founding members of the legendary reggae band Inner Circle, who scored a Top 10 hit with “Bad Boys” when it became the theme song to the TV show Cops. Lunch received his first big opportunity and nickname in the tenth grade, while working with hip-hop producer Salaam Remi. Eventually Lunch’s talent led him to write for Meek Mill (“Off The Corner,” featuring Rick Ross), Ace Hood (“We Don’t”), and P. Diddy (“Big Homie,” featuring Rick Ross). He also put out a few singles and a mixtape that were local hits in Miami before a mutual friend introduced him to JKash, who had just signed on with Dr. Luke’s Prescription Songs. The two collaborated on Juicy J’s “Scholarship” before Lunch made the move to L.A. last year and joined JKash at Prescription Songs as a writer.
Lunch soon found himself writing for Nicki Minaj (The Pinkprint’s “Trini Dem Girls,” which Lunch is also featured on), as well as for Fifth Harmony (the gold-certified “Bo$$”) and Jessie J (“Burnin’ Up” featuring 2 Chainz) with Ricky Reed. In person, Lunch is a mountain of a guy who radiates not so much a child-like vibe, but a genuine sincerity and positivity that is hard to resist. That uplifting spirit comes through both lyrically and sonically in the music Lunch has created with his primary collaborators, songwriter Jacob Kasher (AKA JKash) and producer Ricky Reed (Wallpaper), for veteran hitmaker Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records. Songs like “Bills,” “Mama,” and “Love Me Back” are toe-tapping, feel-good tunes that recall the Philly soul of Gamble and Huff and the Southern gospel of Stax, while still entirely making sense within the world of contemporary urban pop.
LunchMoney Lewis is set to release his debut album later this year.