Somewhere on the way, people started buying into the notion that a unique backstory gives someone’s music some sort of credibility. I am convinced that this is not how music works.
Art that moves someone can come from anyone. I could get a writer to make legend of the mystical wisdom I gained while enduring the struggles of a due-paying musician. Instead, I’m going to say that everyone is badass. I believe that our pasts have less to do with who we are than what we bring to the table.
What our pasts might do is help us relate. Everyone has a story and I guarantee you that you and I have experienced the same emotions through our own losses and triumphs. Life is a roller coaster no matter who you are and where you’re from.
Knowing my history can’t actually make my music better to you. Your history makes my music what it will or won’t be to you. So thanks for listening. I hope what I bring to the table means something to somebody. And I hope the same for you. This is the place from which I write.
Madluv and gratitude. – Lee
Lee Coulter’s soulful acoustic performances and powerful songwriting have landed him opening 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.”
Originally from Brisbane, Australia and now based in San Diego, California, he uses the combined power of lyrics and music to promote the idea that human connection is what separates us from the rest of the matter in the universe. As it is summed up in one of his songs, “Stardust and forces of attraction, that’s all we are.” He is a classic songwriter in the modern age.
Lee Coulter is a singer/songwriter whose soulful performance and memorable songwriting have landed him opening spots for music legends Tom Jones and Chuck Berry, critic favorites Martin Sexton and Griffin House and had Sirius XM’s Coffee House channel dub him “the discovery of year” in 2011 for his debut album.
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 us from the rest of the matter in the universe. He has spoken to audiences about this at three TEDx events. As one of his songs suggests, “Stardust and forces of attraction, that’s all we are.”
His latest album, People Like You, is available worldwide via digital platforms including iTunes. Lee records and produces all of his own work and the album took two years to record. It is comprised of a wide variety of tracks from acoustic feel-good with “A Glorious Day on the Planet I Love,” to T-Bone Burnett-esque blues with a feminist kick in “Boss Senorita,” to dance floor rock in “Move You,” to folk meets reggaeton in “Live a Litte,” to lo-fi retro ballads like “Kindred Blips.” The glue that keeps it all together is the distinct lyrical themes and a unique baritone voice that seems to come from another time and a soul much older than he. “A lot of people tell me I look nothing like I sound. Like it’s a compliment to my voice. So I’m always wondering how bad I must look.”
Lee lives in Carlsbad, CA with his wife and their 7 year old son and continues to write and produce music for himself and others artists.
“The singer-songwriter Discovery of 2011!” – Sirius XM The Coffee House.
“That’s not my theme song, but it’s cool.” – Conan O’Brien.
“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
“Booty Voodoo is the song of the summer,” C.C. Chapman, Accident Hash (#1 Podcast on Itunes).
IN LEE’S WORDS:
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. The majority of my songs are love songs so you may assume I am simply trying to impress my wife (which is mostly correct) but there are 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.
I’m a husband and a father and being that reminds me to appreciate small things, care about the world around us and most of all, keep things fun.