Welcome to Behind the Song, where we dive deep into the hearts and minds of exceptional artists who have crafted the soundtracks to our lives. In this exclusive interview, we have the pleasure of exploring the remarkable musical journey of Jerome Lee. With over five decades of experience as a bassist, singer, songwriter, and recording artist, Jerome's passion for music has taken him on a global adventure, performing in cities across the world.
In this captivating interview, Jerome shares his thoughts on the essence of his music, his favorite aspects of being an artist, the magic of the recording studio, and so much more. Join us as we uncover the emotions and stories behind his soulful compositions, including the deeply moving "First Peace After The Rain." For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough, then tell us more. Soul with interest. It is the music that captivated me first in my youth and has kept me not only interested in Soul music but has also interested me in many other styles of music as well. What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else? Tell us why. I like this question as I just went over this thought again recently. My favorite part of being an artist is doing the thing that I first loved to do, which was to play the bass. Songwriting, recording, and teaching are fantastic parts of a musical life. But traveling and playing live event shows as a young bassist was what drew me into wanting to become a better musician. Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you? I like being with other people in the traditional recording studio setting; it can be a nice environment to create in, and it is how I began recording music years ago. I am usually relaxed and looking forward to making the music as good as it can be. Working alone in a recording setting, which is what I have also done over the years, again finds me relaxed but working a bit deeper into the music because I must be aware of the entire recording process as I go. Okay, this is a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing? I still like the movies and I try to watch good ones when I can. I like to take walks outside for some fresh air, which is nice. Great meals at nice restaurants always get my attention. And I like to read, then read some more. Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why? I probably could mention some big-name acts and artists in several genres that I admire, and I do. But moreover, I have been listening for many years now to independent artists that I have never heard of before and whom I now admire. I created a library of songs of independent artists at ReverbNation that is over 7 hours long that anyone can listen to anytime. And there are artists that I have been working and recording with over the last few years that I admire like soul/r&b artist Tommy Chappell, rock guitarist Johnny Hyatt, veteran drummer Stet Howland, and singer Cian Coey. I find them to be exceptional artists and great people. Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it? Because it arrived to me later in my life, my single titled "First Peace After The Rain" was and is an emotional songwriting gift that reflects the peace that people sense and feel once the rains in their lives stop falling. It is also emotional because while the music took me some time to compose, the lyrics flowed through me very quickly and in an intense way.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year? I am always testing song ideas and trying out new things to play on the bass. During the pandemic quarantine of 2020-2021, I worked hard on completing tasks for other music artists I was working with as well as finishing another single song I had written. In 2023 I have taken a small break, but I will more than likely be back at songwriting and recording in the next year or so once the inspiration strikes me. Tell us where fans can access your music.
About Jerome Lee
Jerome Lee is a music industry veteran with more than five decades of experience playing electric bass, singing, songwriting, recording, touring, and teaching. Jerome's passion for travel and love of music has taken him around the globe, performing and recording in cities as diverse as Amsterdam, Brussels, Cagliari, Casablanca, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Salzburg, and Tokyo. Since October 2015, Jerome has released new single songs to the public to include "The Suits," "Song For My Family," "October’s Groove," "First Peace After The Rain," and the 2021 release of "New Amsterdam Groove." For more background information, please go to https://www.jeromelee.net/.