"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 McClean BBC
After many years of writing music and performing seven nights a week in his native Northern Ireland, Lee Rogers recorded a demo that piqued the interest of several record labels.
In February 2005 he signed a recording and publishing deal with Paul & Nikki Turner’s Cambridge based label ‘Zenith Cafe’.
Not long after, Lee found himself in Italy recording his official debut album ‘Drawing clocks’, under the watchful eye of renowned Italian producer, Marco Canepa.
Songs from this album were featured in ’La mano de Dios’ (Maradona documentary), 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 Zenith Cafe, when a (now infamous) banking scandal involving HBOS Reading, sadly drew an immediate halt to the project in 2007.
With music prospects halted, 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.
Lee lived a hellishly colourful personal life during this time, until out of the blue, twelve years later, Zenith Cafe set the wheels back in motion to pick up where they left off.
Today as this is written (2020) Lee is finally gearing up to release his highly anticipated new album ‘Gameblood’ - recorded and produced by (long term friend & fan) Gareth Dunlop.
“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