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The band Animal Park was founded by the two members John Arthur Lewis and Joel Rapi in 1987. They became good friends while working extra in a restaurant just north of Stockholm. Their common interest for music was the start of a long friendship and songwriting career.

About John Arthur Lewis:

John Arthur Lewis is a Swedish Songwriter, Composer, Filmmaker and Actor. He started playing drums and guitar at the age of 6. John Arthur Lewis grew up in Stockholm, Sweden and in Greece. He played in different bands and wrote songs thru his whole childhood.

He studied music in high school and at Skeppsholmens Folkhögskola, Musiklinjen in Stockholm. He kept writing songs and performed in theaters and on music stages in Sweden and in the US.

John Arthur Lewis moved to Los Angeles in 1994 to study music at Musicians Institute of Technology. After graduation he moved to the UK to write songs for, radio, commercials, bands, shows and theatre plays.

John Arthur Lewis has been involved in many music projects. He writes music for films, commercials, TV and radio. John Arthur Lewis is also a filmmaker and director and has made several short movies and commercials for Television and social media.

In april John Arthur Lewis composed the song "By Your Side" to help the organization Vid Din Sida.

VDS works and supports the elderly and homeless people in Stockholm.

All the money will go to the organization VDS so that they can continue the important work to help and support our homeless and elderly citizens.

In April and May 2019 John Arthur Lewis released three singles and June 1 the fourth single.

His album "The Birth of JAL" includes 15 original tracks and was released June 6, 2019. John Arthur Lewis works with Management & Entertainment Sweden and Lower 48 Studios.

About Joel Rapi:

I grew up in Stockholm with an American father and Swedish mother. At home our father would play a lot of classical music and I especially recall Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” being played frequently. After watching Gene Kelly’s “Singing in the Rain” at age 7, I performed the song for my class mates in school until they eventually got fed up and begged me to stop.

In 1994 I moved to Los Angeles to study music at Musicians Institute of Technology. After graduation I returned to Sweden where I eventually started a travel company.

Together with John Arthur Lewis I have collaborated on several songs where both music and lyrics have been written during jam sessions at the spur of the moment.

Improvising with other musicians who share a similar passion for creating music by letting the moment decide where the music goes, is something I find highly satisfying.


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