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Marie Tomlinson Lewey
Country, Pop Background Vocals Muscle Shoals Studios
Born: 1959 Jackson, AL
Lived in Florence, AL
Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Marie Tomlinson Lewey has been a vocalist in the Shoals music community for more than 30 years.
After high school graduation, she moved to Muscle Shoals and doors opened for a studio contract as a solo artist. Soon she had regular work as a session vocalist, and chronicled work with artists such as Amy Grant to Hank Williams Jr. Her Nashville connections led to a call from Ronnie Milsap which resulted in her being an integral part of his entourage for seven years. At the top of Milsap’s career, Marie and two other local vocalists (Barbara Wyrick and Suzy Storm) were on his records, videos, and were featured in his concerts with choreography and even a duet Marie shared with Milsap. She also shared songwriting credits on recordings by Milsap and Amy Grant.
The concert tours with Milsap provided opportunities to be associated with the best in the industry at that time: Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntyre, Barbara Mandrell, Vince Gill, Alabama, Ricky Scaggs, Dwight Yoacum, The Judds, Oak Ridge Boys, and others. There were television specials with Ray Charles, Dukes of Hazzard, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters, The Tonight Show and The Merv Griffin Show.
With so many years of living out of a suitcase, Marie reconsidered her desire to pursue a solo career. She returned to local session work and developed a fulfilling career in radio sales and marketing. Marie is married to Florence Schools retired teacher and coach, Ronnie Lewey. They are the proud parents of Claire and Daniel.
Throughout these years, Marie has been a vocalist in the stage band for the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Induction Banquets, (along with Cindy Richardson Walker, the late Ava Aldridge, and Carla Russell), sweetening the performances by Glen Frey (Eagles), Lionel Richie, Tammy Wynette, The Commodores, Kris Kristofferson, Tommy Shaw (Styx), and so many others. She continues to appear in local events and concerts when called upon, such as this year’s WC Handy Event with the Muscle Shoals All Stars.
Marie has a special fondness about the more recent years when she was in Lenny Leblanc’s worship band at a local church. The team traveled around the world, which was a long awaited dream-come-true for her. The inspirational music shared and her personal experiences during those years remain the most rewarding part of her musical journey thus far. “That music provided a connection with others I have never known, and it was a returning of my gift to the One who gave it to me”.