Lee Rogers began his career writing music and performing in his native Northern Ireland seven nights a week until he signed a recording and publishing deal with Cambridge based record label Zenith Café.
Lee’s debut album Drawing Clocks (produced by Marco Canepa) gained extensive airplay on Radio 2, XM Worldspace, Sirius & BFBS amongst many others. Songs from this album also featured in La Mano De Dios Maradona documentary, TV show Friends & Rivals, and Hollywood movies including The River King. 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 stop to the project in 2007.
Lee turned his creativity towards tattooing and let his music take a back seat while he opened up his own studio in Country Antrim in 2008. He lived a hellishly colorful personal life during this time until Zenith Café set the wheels back in motion to pick up where they left off.
Spring 2020 saw the release of Lee’s beautifully haunting cover of the Bee Gees classic Stayin’ Alive and summer 2020 will deliver Silent Song – a familiar ode to defeating and befriending our inner demons and the first single of Lee’s highly anticipated new album Gameblood. The songs poignant & loaded lyrics weave in and out of a tense musical landscape as Lee shines a light on some of his own inner demons. As well as being mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Alastair McMillan, the song also has a fully animated music video created by acclaimed art director Bob Price to go along with its release on July 17th.
The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions have presented many challenges to most people. For Lee and his label it meant finishing ‘Silent Song’ remotely by engaging with other creatives also in lockdown to finish, mix, and master the track. “We tried to think about how other creatives were also stuck at home with workflows hugely impacted, so we thought the best way forward here was to try and use the resources around us, and luckily Northern Ireland is not short on talent.”
“Rogers dark emotive beauty ‘Silent Song’ just ebb’s and flows and is reminiscent of the songwriting quality on John Mayer’s now-infamous Americana beauty, Born & Raised” – Rock ‘N’ Load
‘Silent Song’ is due for release on Friday 17th July