Lewis was born in East London in 1957 and formed The Outfield in 1984 with guitarist John Spinks and drummer Alan Jackman. The trio had previously performed together for several years in the power pop act Sirius B, but a change of direction to a more rock sounding with The Outfield was almost immediately successful.
The first album of the following year Play in depth entered the American Top 10, transported there by the success of the single Your love, a radio-compatible AOR number that then became a staple in 80s-themed compilations. Play in depth then sold triple platinum.
The group’s subsequent albums did not enjoy the same commercial success, and their last success in the US Top 40 came with For you in 1991. The band continued to release albums with Replay, released in 2011, their last release.
Three years later, Outfield guitarist John Spinks died of liver cancer and Lewis did not return to the studio until the solo album was recorded. Out of the dark, released in 2018.
“I didn’t pick up a guitar for two years,” Lewis told Cryptic Rock the same year. “It took me a long time to think about taking a guitar, recording something or singing something, because my head was in the wrong place. After a few years I started to slip into my room, recorded things and put together some backing tracks.
“I really liked it, because it took me out of where I was in my head; it took me elsewhere. Anyone who records music or plays live music, there is something magical about it. It takes you out of yourself. and takes you to another place where you can almost spiritually detach yourself from your problems. ”