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 and 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)
"He is an amazing storyteller, his songs are like paintings framed in music." (Skope Mag)
Lee's strength in songwriting has helped earn him UK industry recognition and his captivating performances have already seen him support the likes of Train, Ed Sheeran and Paolo Nutini. As well as opening at the 2011 Hard Rock Calling Festival for Bon Jovi in London's Hyde Park, Lee has just finished supporting million-selling soul singer Rumer across the UK.
At 21 Lee relocated to London where he soon established himself on the local open mic circuit. As word-of-mouth began to spread locally, it also began to grow quickly online, and Lee's ability to pair a strong lyrical narrative with a memorable melody ensured a fan-base started to form rapidly on both sides of the Atlantic. Lee promptly took to the road, independently touring the U.S.A. on three separate occasions and performing more than 90 shows Stateside inside 12 months. Add to this three tours of Germany, as well as shows in Canada, Austria and Italy, and Lee has performed more than 150 shows around the world in just under a year and a half.
This relentless tour ethic has seen Lee amass a dedicated following, resulting in his debut iTunes EP - a three-track home demo - selling almost 2000 copies in its first two weeks of release. 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."
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 his shows and from his website. Sales of these helped to facilitate touring costs whilst Lee began to work on his debut studio album. Both limited edition EPs have now sold over 2,500 copies.
Lee is set to begin 2013 where he left off in 2012, with his fourth tour of Germany and his longest European tour to date. Lee will perform 27 shows over six weeks with established German artist Tom Lüneburger, before heading back into the studio over the summer. Noted producer Jim Lowe (responsible for number one records by Stereophonics and Taylor Swift) has produced several tracks with Lee, including his latest offerings "Stay" and "She" (featuring Sex Pistol's Glen Matlock on bass) which show a tantalising glimpse of what to expect from Lee's highly anticipated debut album.
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