Lee Nestor

Lee Nestor

 
SoloPopSinger/Songwriter

Pop/Rock, with heartfelt lyrics, uplifting melodies, driving guitars, haunting moods and heavy grooves.

Biography

Lee Nestor is one of today's most thought provoking singer/songwriters. She is a memorable performer and is "quite simply a beautiful singer," as quoted in Next Flash magazine.

"Nestor is a hallmark of the return of rock based female singers, she can range from beautiful ballads to straight ahead rock. There is nothing pretentious about her music." FMQB Rock

An award winning singer/songwriter (John Lennon/Billboard), Lee has written and recorded 4 CD's, the latest is MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY, released this fall by Moonwatcher Music. This CD is a power packed collection of Pop/Rock alternatives and heartfelt acoustic rock ballads. Lee co-produced with Mark Newman (Sam Moore) and Keith Lentin (Blondie Chaplin/Keith Richards), with remixes by Grammy winner Steve Churchyard (Pretenders, INXS, Maroon 5, Seal), mastering by Anthony Focx (Aerosmith), with Grammy nominated soloist/writer/producer Joe Taylor (Moonwatcher Music) as executive producer.

Lee tours nationally, performing at clubs, theaters and festivals like The Roxy LA, Hotel Cafe LA, The Knitting Factory NYC, The Mercury Lounge NYC, The Fox Theater Boulder CO, SunFest FLA etc.. She can be heard on the radio and retail stores, headlining and opening up for such notable artist as The GooGoo Dolls, Sister Seven, William Toppley, Sally Taylor, Tommy James, Darden Smith, DoveTail Joint, The Mother Hips, "Big & Rich" and others.

Lee's first CD, STRONGER THAN THIS (Move) is a rootsy Rock-n-Roll album. Ranging in mood from the self-empowerment declaration of Better You Than Me (featured in the new Kevin Costner film) to the loss and longing of first love described in the acoustic rock ballad Newport.

"Nestor presents a straight forward and immensely likable persona through her performance and her lyrics" - The Music Paper. This kind of style prompted Hit Parade Hall of Fame rocker Tommy James to dub Lee "an uptown Bonnie Raitt".

After the release of "Stronger Than This", Lee was invited by, Joe Taylor to be a lead vocalist on his Celtic crossover project Oracle (RCA/Victor), entitled POOL OF DREAMS. This led to Lee's second CD CALL IT WHAT IT IS, (PolyGram/Universal) a Pop/Rock CD that emphasized, "a direct lyrical approach and honest delivery," - John Schoenberger of Totally Adult magazine. One of the songs Lee wrote, "Still With Me" was inspired by the unexpected death of her friend Peter Gould, (who had directed one of her music video's "Imagination.") This song of homage, "Still With Me", became Lee's first single quickly charting at AC/HotAC radio, climbing to number 23, tying for second place at the Gavin Jukebox Jury with Curtis Stigers and Blessed Union of Souls, earning praise as "captivating and bittersweet, "Still With Me" has the potential to become a format standard," -Annette Lai of Gavin Magazine.

Lee created her third CD under the name LUMINOUS, a self titled ambient groove/pop project produced by co-writer Joseph Briggs. It took a year in the making, with recording in London and New York City. Lee had the pleasure to work with Hugh Padgham (Sting, Trisha Yearwood) on this project and got the opportunity to debut the live show at the world class Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA.

Then one tragic night, Lee's house burned down to the ground. With nothing left but a tee shirt, a pair of bunny slippers and her three dogs, Lee turned to the one place she'd always found solace... music. "I'd lost all my sequins, feathers and paint," says Lee, "what I found was the real me - raw, honest and unwavering." From this place of release, MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY was born.

When Joe Taylor (Moonwatcher Music) happened upon a few samples of Lee's new music on line he was blown away and immediately contacted her to join his select roster of artists. And the rest will be history!

Moonwatcher Music released Lee's new CD, "MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY" in October 2009. Lee's sound prompts comparisons to artists like Sheryl Crow, KT Tundstall The Pretenders and Joan Osborne.
In a nutshell Lee is "a pop rock goddess." -E-Scene/The Wave

Lyrics

New York City Girl

Written By: JJ Appleton & Lee Nestor

I was born on fifth Avenue
Right in a taxi cab
Grew up in lower Manhattan
Child of the seventies, watching the disco queens

I’m typically not typical
No matter what I say you’ve got to know

You take me away whenever we kiss
Skyscrapers fade and I don’t want to miss
The love that we make
But haven’t you heard...I’m a New York City Girl

I talk to strangers like old friends
Walking in Central Park
Order you dinner we’ll go to bed
Who care’s if it’s 3 o’clock in the afternoon

I’m just like the Statue of Liberty
I hold my flame for you to see

You take me away whenever we kiss
Skyscrapers fade and I just can’t resist
The love that we make
But haven’t you heard...I’m a New York City Girl

I’m rough around the edges...Madison Avenue reject
Well I can show you the lights of Broadway
And I’ll open up your heart...cause I have the key to the City
And I hope that you will stay...Oh

You take me away whenever we kiss
Skyscrapers fade and I don’t want to miss
The love that we make
But haven’t you heard...I want you to stay

You take me away whenever we kiss
Skyscrapers fade and I just can’t resist
The love that we make
But haven’t you heard...I’m a New York City Girl
New York City Girl...New York City Girl

Missing You

Written By: Lee Nestor

Didn't I make it clear
I would fall from the stars
Just to kiss your lips and hold your heart
That every breath I breath
Could be your very own
And right beside you
I would find my way home

Give me grace, give me time to find
What I'm looking for inside my own life
Give me faith, lead the way
Open up your heart and let your love shine

Didn't I bend the rules
Let you in, to my heart
I opened up my world
Thought we'd never part
Cause holding you was like
A dream come true
Now when I sleep at night
There's no one there, but I'm still feeling you

Give me grace, give me time to find
What I'm looking for inside my own life
Give me faith, lead the way
Open up your heart and let your love shine

(I keep missing you)
If ever you want me, I'll come running
(I keep missing you)
If ever you need me, I'll be there
(I keep missing you)
If ever you want me, ever you need me
(I keep missing you)
I keep loving you

Call It What It Is

Written By: Del Matthew Bigtree & Lee Nestor

Let me be the first to correct you
On the policies of free speech
You can say anything you really mean
As long as everyone agrees
Black or white
you can fight until your race is one
Right or wrong
doesn't matter till the monies gone

Call it what it is
If you call it anything at all
Call it what it is
Don't let the lies betray us all

Beauty's in the eyes of the beholder
Like the rubber inside your chest
Welcome to the land of opportunity
It's where you will work till death
Buy a gun
Hide it then it kills someone
Pass the laws
That saves us from the things we've done

Call it what it is
If you call it anything at all
Call it what it is
Don't let the blind decieve us all

A civilized nation
of negotiators
We build our bombs for peace

Call it what it is
If you call it anything at all
Call it what it is
Don't let the lies betray us all

Call it what it is
If you call it anything at all
Call it what it is
Don't let the blind decieve us all

Always You And Me

Written By: Lee Nestor

I drag my feet, carry deep water on my back
Under the bridge, I'm looking down on sunny days
Into reflections running underneath
Chasing the good times, It's always you and me

So many distractions, love can be hard like a stone
Leaving defenses guarding the places that we go
Into reflections running underneath
Chasing the good times, It's always you and me

Always you and me
Always you and me
Always you and me
Always you and me

I'll try again, I'll try forever with you
I'm just a fool laughing my way through this life
Into reflections running underneath
Chasing the good times, It's always you and me
In these relflections running underneath
Chasing the good times it's always you and me

Always you and me
(Carry me home to my baby)
Always you and me,
(Been running around I've had enough)
Always you and me
(I wanted to find my peace of mind)
Always you and me
(I found myself in us)
Always you and me

Discography

MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY -Lee's NEW CD!
-Produced by Mark Newman, Keith Lentin and Lee Nestor.
-Executive producer Joe Taylor
Re-mixes by Steve Churchyard (The Pretenders)
Mastering by Anthony Focx (Aerosmith)
Guest artists Steve Holly (Paul McCartney's Band Wings), Benny Landa, Robin Auld and Tom Curiano
Released by Moonwatcher Music
www.moonwatchermusic.com

LUMINOUS -Recorded in London and New York City Mentoring and additional executive production by Hugh Padgham
Produced by Joseph Briggs
Debut performance at THE WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL in Los Angeles featuring an address by Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry.
Guest artists on the CD: DJ Emoss (Linkin Park), Melissa Cross, Adonis Tslimparis, Michiko Takatani and Walter Gonzalas

CALL IT WHAT IT IS -PolyGram/Universal Music Group
-Produced by Tom Wassinger, John Michel, Del Matthew Bigtree, Cedric Whitehouse and Lee Nestor.
"Still With Me" single charted AC/HotAC #23.
Toured Nationally opened for the GooGoo Dolls, Sister Seven, Dove Tail Joint, The Mother Hips, William Toppley and others.
Musicians include: Del Matthew Bigtree, John Michel (John Oates Band/Take The Wheel), Mark Newman (Sam The Sham), Mark Kranjcec, Ross Krutsinger, Beau Harding and Tom Wassinger

POOL OF DREAMS by Oracle -RCA/Victor
Lee Nestor Featured Guest Artist and vocalist
-Produced, Written and Arranged by Joe Taylor

STRONGER THAN THIS -MoveAround
-Produced by John Michel and Lee Nestor
Additional Production by Jimmy "The Wiz" Wisner
Live residency at The Bitter End New York, NY
Opened up for Tommy James and others
Musicians: Richie Canata (Billy Joel), John Michel (John Oates Band), Mark Newman, Tony Montalbo (Buddy Rich), Paul Errico, Janet Montalbo, and Bob Stander.

Set List

*Roller Coaster
Stronger Than This
*New York City Girl ---LISTEN in "audio files above!"
Better Left Said
Hold On
Everyone Bleeds
Do You Get The Feeling
The Flame
Midnight Wednesday ---LISTEN in "audio files above!"
Missing You ---LISTEN in "audio files above!"
Lemonade
Change
*Birthday Bash ---LISTEN in "audio files above!"
*Call It What It Is ---LISTEN in "audio files above!"
Still With Me
Your The One
These Things you Do
Sometimes
Where I Want You
When The Mockingbird Flies
Always You and Me ---LISTEN in "audio files!"
Never Give Up
Rose Garden