For the multi talented and accomplished Russell Lee, music is a true calling and a fundamental way of life. Embracing the power found when honest songwriting meets professional musicianship; this hardworking musician has released three well-received albums, along with a new music video…and all this while entertaining Canadian audiences with the help of some very talented band mates during Russell Lee’s live shows.
While living in Nova Scotia back in 2005, Russell wrote and recorded his first album titled “In The Night”. While receiving some serious radio airplay, it wasn’t only the music that found itself wanting to travel much further, and in 2008 Russell moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he continues to write and play music today.
In September 2014, he released his second album titled “What Do I Do”, and has been busy promoting this emotionally charged and beautifully honest album.
Not one to rest too long on his previous projects, Russell Lee went back into the recording studio in 2015 and came out with a brand-new Christmas album titled “Sounds Of Christmas”
A current career highlight, Russell recently performed a full set-list at the world-renowned Dauphin, Manitoba CountryFest, an honor not many musicians get to share. This diverse country/folk/rock musician has been keeping busy reaching out to his fans by playing a multitude of live shows, which include venues such as Park Theater, the Lyric Stage Assiniboine Park, Fabulous 50’s Car show, and many others.
Looking forward into 2017, Russell Lee and his skilled band are looking to widen their audience even more by playing many more shows in even further destinations, including an exciting return to the stage at the 2017 Dauphin Countryfest!
It is not uncommon to hear fans of Russell Lee’s music mention the amount of heart and soul that can be heard in every song that he writes and plays, and when it comes to great music, that is exactly what is needed to create music worth listening to.
Check out our interview with this great band about their song, “Picture” off there new album.
Why did you select this song as your current single?
Russell: Whenever we play this song live, it seems to get the most attention and comments. Also, it is a fun song to play.
How does this single relate to the rest of the Album, EP or Mix-tape?
Russell: This song is a bit of country-pop and relates closely to the rest of the songs on the CD.
Although, we do have a few rock and roll songs, as well as a couple of country folk tracks on the album as well.
What was the writing process for the song?
Russell: I usually pull out the guitar and just start playing. Sometimes I may have a few words or a couple of lines and just work with that; and a person certainly needs to be in the “mood” to write.
What does this song’s lyric mean to you?
Russell: The song Picture does have a bit of a story behind it. I have always found myself intrigued whenever someone looks at a picture of a person, a couple, or a family. There is a popular phrase “a picture tells a thousand words,” and I also believe that “there is a story in all of us, waiting to be told, is it what we really think that we see” that is the line in the song and is what the message of the song is about.
What would it be like to see you in person performing this song?
Russell: Interesting question. I think you would see the fun that the band is having when we perform this song together, as well as the audience thinking about the message of the song.
Could your fans summarise who you are as an artist by this song?
Russell: I believe so. I think they can get the style of the music we play, as well as seeing that the songs will have some sort of message/story behind them. I would hope they will hear the sincerity in all the songs.
Is there a video planned and or completed and if so, what was the idea behind the video?
Russell: When we decided to make a video of a song from the album, the song “Picture” was the first choice. We really thought we could make a video that would convey the message of this song, and we are very pleased to say that the video turned out very well, was also quite well received, and we are thankful for all the great reviews so far.
One last question, what is your motivation behind your music?
Russell: I have always enjoyed listening to music. I believe this is one of the few things in life that is such a universal language that can put people in a good mood. If any songs that I have written or any performances that I have done, can give a person an enjoyable experience, as much as it does for me, then I would feel good about that. It is a wonderful and humbling experience to be able to do this.

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Link To Album: https://soundcloud.com/rlee-music/sets/what-do-i-do-2
Link To Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES5oIzN41Hk

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