Lee Rogers hails from the small town of Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland. Music has always been a part of his life and his inspiration was drawn from the classic voices of Bill Withers, Marc Cohen, Tom Waits and the like, who were all bright colours from a musical palette far away from the realities of life. Rogers’ voice and sound pulls from the vast well of timeless Americana, all the while underpinned by the authentic writings of his life and his many, many experiences.
Like many, Lee began his musical journey playing cover gigs in clubs and pubs in Ireland 7 nights a week. Eventually putting pen to paper for himself, he recorded a demo that piqued the interest of several record labels. In February 2005 Rogers signed a recording and publishing deal with Paul & Nikki Turner’s Cambridge based label ‘Zenith Cafe’. This signing led to the recording of his official debut album ‘Drawing Clocks’. Recorded and produced in the Italian foothills under the watchful eye of renowned producer Marco Canepa, songs from the album went on to feature in TV shows such as ‘Friends and Rivals’, and Hollywood movies including ‘The River King’.
The album also gained extensive airplay on Radio 2, Xm worldspace, Sirius, BFBS amongst others.
‘Drawing Clocks’ was set to be a juggernaut of a release until the ground was shaken for both Lee and his label Zenith Cafe, when a (now infamous) banking scandal involving HBOS Reading, sadly drew an immediate halt to the project. You can read the full story over on www.zenithcafe.co.uk
With music prospects ceased, Lee turned his creativity towards tattooing and opened his own studio in County Antrim in 2008. While he became a multi award winning tattoo artist, his music took a back seat.
The banking scandal that drew a close to operations at Zenith Cafe came full circle in 2020. The label that were drawn to Lee’s first demos reached out once again to pick up were they left off.
Throughout 2020, Lee returned to his old fans and gained the admiration of first time listeners with several single releases, including ‘Silent Song’ playlisted on both RTE and BBC radio. The single was accompanied with a fully animated video created by acclaimed animator Bob Price.
Autumn 2021 sees Lee’s first physical release in 10 years. ‘Dark Notions’, a collection of twisted tales and sinister moods released on 10 inch vinyl.
Lee’s eagerly awaited next album is out now and available to stream, order or download on all major music sites as well as right here on the site.
“His sky-reaching voice is the star. Springsteen-esque”
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"Lee Rogers has soul. Not soul in an easy to define way but something deeper.
There's a soulful quality at play in his songwriting and performance that sets him apart from the singer songwriter crowd.
Whatever "it" is Lee's got it! He is the real deal.”
-Ralph McLean BBC
“Lee Rogers combines the songwriting skills of the likes of Tom Petty & Tom Waits...with the soulful delivery of a Delta blues singer. One to watch!”
-John Kearns COOL FM
“It's good to have Lee back.
Who would have thought that such a wild man could age like wine, I've never heard him sounding better"