Hold on Till Heaven
Michael Lee believes in vampires. And dragons. And broken hearts. As a television producer in LA... he saw his share of all three, usually in the same night. And now he has brought them to life through his music... Sultry. Sexy. Sensual. Seductive. If David Bowie joined Foo Fighters and had a rumble with Jimmy Eat World... you would hear the Michael Lee Band when you turned up the volume. On "Hold On Till Heaven," his debut EP, the singer-songwriter brings together an international enclave of top-notch guest musicians...including UK keyboard legend "Rabbit" Bundrick, who's been backing Pete Townsend and The Who for the past 34 years. Michael had long been a big fan also from Rabbit's involvement in the original "Rocky Horror Picture Show" soundtrack as well. Rabbit's nephew, Steve Bundrick, engineered the album and also handles drum duties and some keyboards, too (and no, he's not really Tommy Lee in disguise.) And though he looks more like Chris Daughtry (at least in the hair department), vocalist Paul Vander brings extra chops that would keep even Sebastian Bach beaming. In Prince-like fashion, Michael sings and plays guitars, bass, and synthesizers throughout the album. As for the man behind the music, Michael Lee was born in Texas and played guitar and bass in a number of bands there since high school. He studied acting and voice in England at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, but he's made the road his real home through producing countless TV productions over the past decade. A video editor and Emmy-nominated producer, he's produced everything from the E! True Hollywood Story to one-on-one interviews on the NASCAR circuit to post-game wrap ups from the NFL Super Bowl. But by night...he channeled his inner 'Billy Idol' for the past five years singing and performing in one of the Lone Star state's premier 80s tribute bands, "The Lost Boys." He was weened on Van Halen and Judas Priest as a guitarist, with a steady diet of Def Leppard and AC/DC. But his own sound is often more power-pop with an edge, and even post-new wave. The music is retro rock-based, yet modernly eclectic. His shows are high octane and full of spectacle. And occasionally, the ghosts of Goo Goo Dolls, Styx, The Cure and Gin Blossoms haunt his tunes from the wings. Overall, the EP creates a stirring mix of many styles. The power-ballad "Believe" offers a purely optimistic view of love, filled with hope and promise. "Lost In A Touch" brings you up-close and personal with the vampire inside... The song "Connection" is one of the more eclectic tunes, steaming with sensuality and echoing the Kings of Leon. And the title track, "Hold On Till Heaven," flows with a stream-of-consciousness that ventures into a foreign and familiar place. Throughout, Michael Lee writes memorable melodies and produces rich harmonies - wrapped in a radio-friendly package...all to capture an emotional honesty that remains his primary calling card. Which strikes at the heart of who he truly is... a real rebel-rouser! Several years ago he found himself in Nashville at Opryland preparing for a TV interview with a rising country star. Ever the rebel, Michael started playing "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne after tuning the country singer's acoustic guitar. He didn't get a warm reception from the large crowd of country fans, but the guitar's owner appreciated having it properly tuned before going on national TV. And just who was it? None other than today's country superstar...Brad Paisley! Yet, that remains rather mild compared to some of Michael's other hijinks. They'll surely be documented in upcoming music videos for the new album... and a future tour. And as for those vampires and dragons...watch out. Michael Lee will make you Believe.