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Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee - Lead Vocals, Guitar Kevin Lee and the Lonesome City Kings were signed to MCA, the band's first single "Standing in the Line of Fire" was chosen for an NBA All Stars Video and used in the movie "A Dangerous Woman." Lee released his first solo album “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” in 1998 on Bubblehaus Records.

In 2002 Kevin released the critically acclaimed CD “Loaded” on Chicago-based Big Blast Records. In 2006 Lee released “Flip the Switch” on Sigus Records to rave reviews worldwide. In 2010 Lee released “Dusk Till Dawn” on Sigus Records featuring his trademark songwriting with big hooks, chunky guitars, and melodies that can't be forgotten. The song “Time Won't Stand Still” hit #1 at WMWX in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2013 the album Breakout was released and Lee was voted one of the best Chicago artist's by the Illinois Entertainer. In 2018 Kevin Lee & the Kings released the hook filled "Sticks & Stones" to great reviews. Lee was voted best new artist by Fireworks Magazine UK in 2007, toured as opening act playing multiple 20,000 plus seat arenas for REO, Cheap Trick, Pearl Jam, Lou Gramm, and Matthew Sweet. Kevin's song "Tonight" was featured in the 2016 major film release "Spaceman"and had songs placed on several MTV reality shows. Kevin Lee & the Kings were named one of the best local bands for 2013 & 2018 by the Illinois Entertainer.

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!!

Big Hooks & Chunky Guitars

What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.

All of it, I've always loved all three. My first love was playing live, I love the interaction with the audience and more so with my current band KevinLee & the Kings putting on a high energy rock show night after night. Working on a new song, watching it come together and bringing it to the band for me is the best. Taking songs into the studio and building the tracks to a finished master gives me every reason to get up everyday and work harder on the music.

Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?

It's definitely my happy place. I go in with just the drummer and cut the drum tracks, it's easier and more focused that way. Then lay down the bass and on to the guitar tracks. Brain storming coming up with parts is always fun for me as well as recording vocals and backing vocal parts.

Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?

I'm a big animal lover and have a dog and two cats, spending time with them is great. I'm also big on going to the gym and staying in shape.

Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?

I admire the successful older bands that don't need the money but continue to tour and release new music. They love it, it's in their blood, even if they weren't so big they would still be in a corner bar somewhere rockin' because they need it, I can relate.

Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it?

Can't Believe You're Gone from my "Breakout" album. I wrote the lyric's in the context of two people breaking up but it's really about one of my pets passing away. I was so heartbroken and couldn't believe he wasn't there anymore I had to write a song about it.

Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?

Yes, I have a new album written. The life span of a new release is so short now I'm not going to record a whole album but a couple new singles for 2023 and then a new EP in 2024.

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