Lee Coulter’s soulful acoustic performances and powerful songwriting have landed him a #1 single on iTunes Australia and New Zealand, opening spots for Tom Jones, Chuck Berry and Martin Sexton, on stage with Jason Mraz, and had Sirius XM’s Coffee House channel dub him “the discovery of the year.”

Fifteen years full time of paying dues in bars and restaurants with occasional peaks of attention and momentum is the un-spun, unglamorous reality for most diy musicians.

To this day, he claims to put as much passion into performing to 1 person at a bar as he does when he’s opening for a huge act on a huge stage as “it is an honor and privilege to share your own humanity through music.”

Originally from Brisbane, Australia and based in San Diego since 2006, he uses the combined power of lyrics and music to promote the idea that conscious connection is what separates humanity from the rest of the matter in the universe. He has spoken to audiences about this at multiple TEDx events, as one of his songs suggests, “Stardust and forces of attraction, that’s all we are.” He is a classic thematic songwriter for the modern age.

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“The world needs more Lee Coulter songs.” – Martin Sexton

“#1 single on iTunes Australia and New Zealand with We You Me (feat. Dixie Maxwell) – August 7, 2018.

“The singer-songwriter Discovery of 2011!” – Sirius XM The Coffee House.

“Lee Coulter can bring his music to life with a guitar and a microphone, with all the tasteful rhythm, vocal presence and controlled intelligence of the best of the singer songwriters on any stage. ” – RogueRadio.com.

“This is good time music that makes you dance and feeds your soul.” – Craig Yerkes for San Diego Troubadour Magazine.

“His music and lyrics reflect a positive outlook that is galaxies away from the metallic gloom of his plugged-in contemporaries. How refreshing.” – Honolulu Weekly

“Listening to Lee Coulter, I could hear elements of some of the rhythmic play of G. Love and lyrical fluidity of Jason Mraz and, of course, the smooth feel of Jack Johnson. His lyrics are smart and actually provoke laughter and paint images.” – R World Blog

I’m a songwriter and producer that started to perform because I wanted to personally share the songs I was writing. I grew up in Australia to an Indonesian mother who played guitar and Australian dad who taught me the power of words. They both introduced me to a great range of music from The Beatles and Beach Boys to Michael Jackson, Ray Charles and Hank Williams to name a few. Thanks to a cassette my dad brought home of a live Concert in Central Park, my brother and I were singing Simon & Garfunkel two part harmonies before we were teens. Paul Simon remains one of the few people I know I would be an awkward fool in front of if I ever met him.

In high school I started to get into rock, grunge, r&b and hip hop all at the same time. Guns n Roses (I may have had black stonewashed skinny jeans), Nirvana, Boyz 2 Men, Tupac etc. When I was 15, I started messing on the computer with MIDI programming and basic audio recording/layering and then started to record for other artists. Babyface was my biggest influence at that point. Cut to present day and I’m basically doing the exact same thing with better equipment, a more extensive range of influences (my modern day favorites include The Weepies, Jack Johnson, Butterfly Boucher, Norah Jones, David Gray), the knowledge of over a decade of trial and error, and the fact that I record myself too.

What I’m trying to do with music is a few things:

1. Make people feel good. I love when a song makes it feel like time slows down, even if it is sad, it makes me feel good. I’m on the eternal quest to write the song that touches that chord in everyone.

2. Breakdown a stereotype for young aspiring musicians. i.e. there is no direct link between trashing hotels and making good music.

3. A lot of my songs are reminders to myself to keep the best possible mindset about any given situation and a few songs where I share a few ideas I have on things like the environment, social behavior and peace. If I can inspire people to at least think or even talk about how to better aspects of each, I will feel too powerful and quit the music business but also be happy. I guess the love songs are also trying to encourage men and women to let your walls down and love with your whole heart. I think If you can tackle the world like that all your relationships, intimate or otherwise, will benefit.

Being a dad and a small-time artist reminds me to appreciate small things, care about the world around us and most of all, keep things fun.