SONGS FROM THE HEART, MIND AND SOUL
Top 10 Finalist - 17th International Acoustic Music Awards (2021)
2nd Place, Americana Category - Spring Indie International Songwriting Contest (2021)
Following the music muse is a lifelong love and pursuit for BC born and raised singer, songwriter and percussionist Henry Lees.
Co-writing three songs included on Canadian Blues Artist Chris Antonik's album "Monarch", nominated for Recording of the Year at the 2018 Maple Blues Awards, is a major highlight on Henry's songwriting journey so far.
In 2022, Henry is set to release three powerful singles of his own packed with emotional heft everywhere you can find new music: “Nothing Left to Lose” written and recorded with brilliant, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Sean Thomas, "Walking With Fear", co-written with multi-award winning artist David Leask and "Free This Love", co-written with Heather Hill and Matt Gerber and produced by Sean Thomas. In 2019, Henry released his debut solo single, “Willing Heart”, a collaboration with superb Toronto singer/songwriter/pianist Heather Hill.
From family singalongs around the upright and drumming and singing in high school bands to belting out radio/TV jingles and live on stages all across Canada, chasing the magic of music has always been a passion of joyful persistence for Henry. It led to fronting the popular Calgary pop rock group Household Saints through the '90s, writing and recording two EPs, a full length album and to performing those songs at many bars, pubs, coffeehouses, special events and on local TV and radio. The HSaints once warmed up the stage for iconic ‘90s rockers Headpins. They also had “Will and Grace” star Eric McCormack as an impromptu guest vocalist and landing their tune "Gravity" in an episode of "Caitlin's Way" on YTV/Nickelodeon was a très cool achievement.
Henry also toured nationally for two holiday seasons with singer/songwriter, actor, humanitarian and Order of Canada member Tom Jackson on his Huron Carole benefit concert series. It was a huge honour and thrill to perform across the country as a vocalist in Tom's band and to share concert stages with wonderful artists such as Charlie Major, Melanie Doane, Colin James, Natalie MacMaster, The Rankins, Prairie Oyster, Shari Ulrich, Bruce Guthro and more, along with a very talented friend that Henry writes, records and sometimes performs with today, Shannon Gaye.
Now immersed in the vibrant, diverse and inspiring music community in Toronto, Henry is continuing to chase songs in earnest. He’s diving head first into crafting songs that deeply connect, collaborating and performing with notable Canadian artists such as David Leask, Chris Antonik, David Storey, Sue and Dwight, The Prince Brothers, Kevin Zarnett and Lawrie Ingles, Henry’s partner in the dynamic soul-pop duo The Soul Maitre D's.
Henry Lees’ greatest artistic hope is that the songs he sends out to the world will reach your ears, move you and groove you.
Image: John Shisko Photography