British singer/songwriter/storyteller Lee MacDougall has the kind of voice that can “fill every crevice of a room and every fibre of your body” (Backseat Sandbar).
Crafting each song like a short story, or a three-minute mini-movie, Lee’s brand of modern folk-pop combines instantly memorable melodies with true tales of real
life experience that almost anyone could relate to. From the everyday mundane of growing up in the rock n’ roll town of Grimsby, to eloping to London, and of all the love, life, and characters he has met along the way.
Inspired by the wry observational humour and storytelling of classic Brit acts such
as The Kinks, The Beatles and Rod Stewart, and proclaimed by The Huffington Post
as one to watch, Lee’s intensely personal lyrical style has helped win him many admirers:
“You absolutely cannot fake that kind of sincerity and passion.” (BBC Radio 6’s Tom Robinson)
“There is no way anyone could listen and not relate in some way… he manages to make you feel okay about being just a little bit weird.” (Awaiting the Flood blog)
“An amazing storyteller, his songs are like paintings framed in music.” (Skope Mag)
Lee was born in Grimsby – a small town on the east coast of England, and began working in the local fish factory soon after he left school. The defining moment in Lee’s career came one day when a co-worker stole Lee’s shoes meaning he had to walk home barefoot. Lee quit the fish factory and at 21 he relocated to London
where he soon established himself on the local open mic circuit.
As word-of-mouth of his performances began to spread, Lee began to amass an army of dedicated supporters as word of his music also began to grow rapidly online. Independently, Lee promptly took to the road, capitalising on his growing popularity and performing more than 150 shows around the world in less than two years. This included three tours of the USA, four tours of Germany, and a series of captivating support slots across the UK with the likes of Train, Paolo Nutini and Rumer.
During this time Lee also recorded two home demo EPs in his bedroom (“If Walls Could Talk” and “For A Few Tales More”), each containing ten tracks and available only at shows. These limited edition EPs sold 3,000 copies, enabling Lee to fund the recording of his first LP.
In summer 2013 Lee recorded his debut album in London with noted producer Jim Lowe (responsible for number one albums from Stereophonics, The Charlatans, and Taylor Swift). The album is set for a 2014 release and also features a guest appearance from The Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock on bass.
2014 sees the release of Lee’s first single “Falling in Love for the Last Time” already gaining radio play throughout Germany, and also his first co-headline tour across the country with fellow UK band Paper Aeroplanes in March and April. Word Magazine review editor Kate Mossman says:
“He’s amazing and very confident. Like Freddie Mercury meets Rufus Wainwright. He’s going to go a long way.”