Biography-Lee Johnson Songs
Lee was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, after a big storm. His parents named him Lee as in the “lee side” of the storm. Lee is the middle child of 5, with 2 older sisters and 2 younger sisters. His family moved to the US when he was pre school age, and landed in Branford, CT. Lee’s family’s search for a place to call home continued throughout his life, and they moved to new towns every few years. As a result, Lee became immersed in his music. Growing up, the guitar became Lee’s best friend! He started with piano lessons around age 8 and switched to guitar around age 11. Lee spent lots of time learning cover songs, and began writing his own songs around age 13. By age 14 or 15, Lee and his friends started several bands after school. When Lee graduated from Reno HS, he moved to Boulder CO to attend CU Boulder, where he received a BA in Environmental Science. A couple years later, Lee then attended UCD Denver for a Degree in Music and Sound Technology. Looking back, Lee always struggled to make decent grades in High School and College, until he switched his focus to Music, when it became easy to do well in school with hardly any effort!
Lee Johnson Songs Bio Continued:
Lee is an award winning singer/ songwriter, multi instrumentalist, recording engineer, and producer. Lee’s influences delve deep into the roots of rock, folk, country, bluegrass, blues, reggae/island, and more. His songwriting style is geared towards compelling hooks, emotional connection, well crafted lyrics, and melodies that stick in your head! Lee likes to have FUN at shows, and uses Live Looping, which allows him to improvise lead guitar licks seamlessly over “in the pocket” rhythmic progressions. Lee also includes ukulele in his live performances. Fans have commented recently that Lee’s live performances displayed “outstanding, rare talent”, and “a gift to listen to”. Scroll down to see more info about awards, and below that see “Discography” with some fun news about some of Lee’s songs released by other artists!
Lee Johnson Songs- Awards
Lee’s song This Feels Good won 1st Place in June 2016 Akademia Music Awards , 1st Place in Richard Leigh Songwriter Fest May 2016, and 1st and 2nd Place in Durango Songwriters Expo “WWAHM” Feb 2014. In addition, Lee’s song “How We Roll” aired on ABC’s “Nashville” 12/4/13. Also, Lee’s songs won 1st Place in “Show Me the Music” Nov 2013, 1st Place and Grand Prize in “Smokey Mnt Songwriter Fest” Aug 2013, 1st Place in SongU “Golden Ticket” May 2013, Broadjam’s Date with a Publisher April 2012. Next Lee’s songs also won 1st Place in “Hillbilly Culture” June 2012, 1st Place NSAI “Hitsville” April 2011 and 1st Place Durango Songwriters Expo “WWAHM” Feb 2010. These are different songs with different co writers. As a result, Lee has been fortunate to sign publishing deals, single song deals, and build relationships with Major Label Publishers, and co writes with Hit Writers.
Lee Johnson Songs Performance Info:
As a performer, Lee currently plays solo acoustic singer/songwriter. Lee’s roots go deep into rock, blues, country, folk, bluegrass, island/reggae, and more. However different these styles may seem, Lee’s weaves together a seamless show that is entertaining for all ages. Venues include festivals, theaters, local breweries, clubs, bars, and also private parties, corporate events, weddings, backyard BBQ’s, and more. In addition to his award winning songs, Lee has a huge catalogue of cover songs available to suit all types of events. Lee performs mostly regionally in Colorado, but also on trips to writers nights in Nashville and LA. See calendar for performance dates. If you are interested to book Lee to play at your next event email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lee sings, and plays acoustic and electric guitar, dobro, lap steel, bass, ukulele, and harmonica. Also, Lee likes to pick up other instruments. As a result, Lee has secured several film tv placements with recordings made in his protools studio at home, some signed deals through Taxi. Also, Lee has done many studio sessions for his own projects, and as a musician for hire. In addition, Lee is a protools engineer. He is available to sing, play, record, and or producer on your next project. Next, Lee has been making regular trips to Nashville and LA, for 10 years. These trips involve co writing with artists, writers, and producers, some who are signed and some who are indie. In addition, Lee has had the good fortune to work with, or receive mentoring from some of the industry’s top song writers. Lee works with publishers, to pitch his material to other artists. Finally, Lee has signed many song deals and has also secured multiple indie cuts on his own.
Lee is Coordinator for N. CO NSAI and hosts monthly songwriter workshop meetings to help other writers and performers. Previously, Lee studied Music and Sound Technology for a BA at UCD Denver. Also, Lee has completed many songwriter workshops, and received mentoring from some of the industry’s top writers and performers. Events include Taxi Road Rally, NSAI songposiums, symposiums, spring trainings, song camps, Tin Pan South, and many more. In addition, Lee has received songwriting instruction from many hit writers and world renown instructors such as Steve Seskin, Rick Beresford, Jason Blume, Ralph Murphy, Don Henry, instructors on Songu.com, Songtown USA, and more.
Music Teaching Programs:
Lee has 22 yrs FT music instruction experience. First, Lee started teaching music at local area music stores in 1996. Eventually this lead to Lee opening Boulder Guitar Studio in 2001. Subsequently, Lee has helped hundreds of students reach their goals. However, in 2014 Lee had the urge to reach more students on more instruments. In addition, he dreamed of ways to help more busy families and professionals get music lessons in more convenient ways. In 2015 Lee launched My Local Music Lessons, and features a growing team of instructors on all instruments. These instructors offer the convenience of in home lessons in Front Range CO Locations.
Previously Lee toured regionally and nationally, with many bands around the CO music scene, starting in the early 1990’s. Most notable would be the release of 2 CD’s with “Runaway Truck Ramp” 1998-2003. See “Rolling Stone” Sept 1999. In addition, Lee opened for “Peter Rowan”, “Tony Rice”, “John Cowan of Newgrass Revival”, “Leftover Salmon”, “String Cheese Incident”, “Yonder Mountain String Band”, “Derek Trucks”, “Moe” and more!