Michael Lee

Michael Lee

 Houston, Texas, USA
BandAlternativeRock

The sultry sexiness of Chris Isaak morphed into a little bit of Bowie, a little bit of Beck, a little bit of MUSE, and a lot of the Foo Fighters...'the Michael Lee Band will Rock your socks off!'

Biography

You've never truly understood the phrase larger than life until you've met Michael Lee. The San Antonio-born actor, Emmy-nominated television producer, singer, songwriter, director, ghost hunter and alleged vampire walks the walk in a whirl of outrageous clothes, chutzpah and a mischievous mirth not seen since the heyday of hair metal. Enamored with the glamour of big-time rock n roll, Lee lives the dream by staying true to himself, a throwback to the days when people made rock n roll music that they themselves liked instead of writing for a myopic commercial niche.

Michael Lee fell in love with music early on, picking up a guitar at the age of eleven in imitation of the teen idols of the day. Initially finding the guitar challenging, Lee switched temporarily to the bass guitar until the flash of the six-string drew him back. By the age of 14 Lee was in the studio recording his first song. At the same time, Lee was bitten by the acting bug, appearing in his first movie – an independent western – at the age of eleven. Lee went on to study acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Lee lost touch with his guitar through his college years, in the process turning his prodigious artistic tendencies toward television production. Lee’s television credits include E! True Hollywood Story, NASCAR interviews, Super Bowl post-game wrap ups and in the process... two EMMY nominations.

Somewhere in the process of becoming a behind-the-scenes staple in television, Lee picked up his guitar again and began honing his performance skills at the head of one of Texas’ premier cover bands, The Lost Boys. Lee electrified crowds with a persona that channeled the energy and intensity of a young Billy Idol and a pop/rock sensibility that draws from such disparate influences as Judas Priest, the Goo Goo Dolls, Styx, The Cure, Van Halen, The Foo Fighters and Muse. In listening to Lee’s music it becomes clear that his song-writing style is frenetic. Not one to stand of ceremony, Lee strives to make each song he writes thoroughly distinct from anything he’s written before. It is this passion and drive, combined with the willingness to say and do almost anything that make Lee such an engaging presence both on stage and off.

Listen to Michael Lee’s lyrics and in turns you’ll be moved, amazed and amused. Lee’s tongue-in-cheek approach may remind you of the Barenaked Ladies, but as he’s moved away from singing others’ songs to playing his own, Lee’s musical style has developed into an art-pop blend that takes the driving energy of the Foo Fighters and the post-pop sensibilities of Muse. Lee also maintains a distinctive back story for nearly every song he’s written, the ephemera from a television career where creative ideas flow from a structure development process that’s equal parts planning, inspiration and a little bit of luck.

Michael Lee’s debut EP Hold On Till Heaven is Lee’s first foray into original music, and he has a great supporting cast: John “Rabbit” Bundrick on keyboards (The Who, Pete Townsend, Roger Waters, Mick Jagger, The Rocky Horror Picture Show); Steve Bundrick handled production and added drum tracks and producer/engineer Kirt Shearer (Cake) handled the mastering. Lee plays guitar, bass and sings on the album, while exploring issues such as faith (“Believe”), vampires (“Lost In A Touch”) and the evil stench of Paparazzi (“Mind Your Own Business”) in wonderfully post-pop rock arrangements. Hold On Till Heaven is just an appetizer for what’s to come however, as the project took on a life of its own while Lee develops a yet-to-be-released full length album entitled No More Fairytales.

When you see Michael Lee on stage he looks like a throwback to another era of rock n roll. Part rebel; part glam rock demigod, Lee swaggers onto the stage with his Flying-V guitar and takes it for his own in the name of rock n roll. Lee writes music that pleases him, and in the process he reminds us all what rock n roll was meant to be. Michael Lee hopes to inspire a new rock revolution, one fan at a time, infusing modern elements into classic rock forms to create not just songs but moments. Be a part of the moment with Michael Lee.
~Wildy Haskell

Lyrics

Hold On Till Heaven

Written By: Michael Lee

HOLD ON TILL HEAVEN

It’s a quarter past three…
Strawberry candles burn down
Her eyes look at me--
She doesn’t make a sound

Dancing shadows join in
With the passionate flame
I light a glow in her skin
When she breathes my name

Hold on, Hold on
Hold on, Hold on
Hold on till Heaven

Refrain

Oh, what a treasure to know
You feel like Heaven
Oh, what a pleasure to know
You taste like Heaven

And there’s a fishbowl we swim
Where old lovers tried
To drown their sorrows again
When their sanity died

Entertain a new offer
To undo this bind
But the choices blur
When it’s feeding time

Chorus

And when she calls my name
I hear bells
I thought that I was somewhere else (somewhere else)
And then time stood still for me
That’s when love sets all hearts free

Solo

Chorus

Oh, what a treasure to know
You feel like Heaven
Oh, what a pleasure to know
You taste like Heaven


Can You Take It?

Written By: Michael Lee

CAN YOU TAKE IT?

Could have sworn that I saw your face
Smiling back at me today
Then it dawned on me right then
That I hadn’t lost my best friend…but

It was only a dream
Even though it seemed…

There wasn’t time to steal a kiss
You didn’t see what you would miss
We couldn’t forgive, we couldn’t forget
We woke up living in regret…but

Can you train your love?
Can you take it above?

Can you take it, Can you take it, Can you take it higher?
Can you take it, Can you take it, Can you take it higher?

Didn’t do what I should have done
Can’t say it now, you’re gone

Funny thing how time keeps score
And when you lose Fate shuts the door
It’s never too late to turn it around
And plant your feet back on the ground…but

You can’t make it last
When you live in the past

I really thought we had it all worked out
I was sure beyond any doubt
Trouble came when Fate walked through
And we believed everything but the truth…but

CHORUS

Couldn’t be what I should have been
Can’t do it now, you’d win

Living happily in misery
Was a bargain place to be
Sent a postcard yesterday
Hope it finds you feeling okay…but

If you want me to
I’ll save a spot for you

Heaven knows if I’ll see you again
Or if one of us will ever give in
But I would try with all my heart
To start all over from the start…so

CHORUS
(refrain)

Didn’t do what I should have done
Can’t say it now, you’re gone

Could have sworn that I saw your face
Smiling back at me today

Believe

Written By: Michael Lee

BELIEVE

Had a dream
That I learned to fly
Far away with you

There were dragons in the sky,
Purple moonbeams, too

I could see love in your eyes
I can feel it, too
I believe in paradise
And I believe in you

Dance across the sky
Just you and I…

Believe
Do you believe
What we could be?
Will you believe
What I believe?

Fell asleep
And I dreamed some more
You were here with me

Like a kid in a candy store
In my fantasy

I could see love in your eyes
I can feel it, too
I believe in paradise
And I believe in you

Dance across the sky
Just you and I…

Believe
Do you believe
What we could be?
Will you believe
What I believe?

Bridge:
If you will believe
I will believe
We can be free
We can be one

So turn out the light
Hold on tonight
See how we rise-
Follow the sun…

Dance across the sky
Just you and I…

CHORUS

Do You
Believe?
Will you
Complete
My dream?

Solo

Dance across the sky
Just you and I…

CHORUS

Connection

Written By: Michael Lee

CONNECTION

Our eyes meet in a crowded room
Hearts beating harder soon
There’s something here that just won’t wait
And it might be fate

Lips licking sweet surprise
Hot passion trapped inside
Moving in for the final kill
And I’m your poison pill

Connection
Feel it
Connection
Reveal it now!

Love at first sight is hard to see
Especially in reality
A little romance might taste great
Or roll off your plate

Connection
Taste it
Connection
Face it now!

Bridge
All your soulmates
And your first dates
Connect and reveal
Depart and appeal

All your playmates
And your bad traits
Connect and reveal
Depart and appeal

All your heartbreaks
And your cornflakes
Connect and reveal
Depart and appeal

All your faux fates,
And your ‘too lates’
Connect and reveal
Depart and appeal… Hey!

Solo

My mistakes are part of me
But not my true identity
I’m just a prisoner who might escape
If you participate

Connection
Feel it
Connection
Conceal it
Connection
Reveal it
Connection
Seal it now!

Find Me

Written By: Michael Lee

FIND ME

Once upon a time there was a girl… (somewhere)
Out in the world, out on her own (all alone)
She was made for me, she’s the one I need (my fantasy)
Where could she be? Where did she go? (I need to know)

Find me, Find me
Find me, Find me

Refrain …Find me

Once upon a time there was a boy… (a lost boy)
Out in the world, out on his own (all alone)
Looked high and low, couldn’t find the one (still on the run)
Wrote a message to her along the way (Find Me… today)

Find me, Find me (today)
Find me, Find me (today)

Refrain

I couldn’t find her
(Looked everywhere)
I couldn’t find her
(No time to spare)
Couldn’t find her
(She’s unaware)
I couldn’t find her
(Can’t feel her stare)
Couldn’t find her
(She’s out there)
Couldn’t find her
(Must be somewhere)
Couldn’t find her
(Up in the air)
Couldn’t find…Today

Find me, Find me (Today)
Find me, Find me (Today)
Refrain

If I am lost, can she be found?
If she ran away, can I track her down?
If she’s the one, where could she be?
If I don’t find her, will she find me?

2nd Chorus

I couldn’t find her
I couldn’t find her
I couldn’t find her
I couldn’t find her…today

Chorus

…Today

Lost In A Touch

Written By: Michael Lee

LOST IN A TOUCH

Lost in a touch
Can’t get enough

I feel alive
I feel a hunger deep inside
I own the night
And I can’t stop at just one bite

Got a burning fever
Like a spinning twister in my head
If only I could reach her
Nothing else that I could want instead

When the moon is full at night
I have to take another bite

(Can’t get enough, Can’t get enough, Can’t get it)

Lost in a touch
Can’t get enough

(Can’t get enough, Can’t get enough, Can’t get it)

Lost in a touch
Can’t give it up

Can’t stop the feelin’
Can’t stop believin’ it was real
Dream a thousand dreams
And live them all in one moment with me

When the moon is full tonight
I’ll have to take another bite

(Can’t get enough, Can’t get enough, Can’t get it)

Lost in a touch
Can’t get enough

(Can’t get enough, Can’t get enough, Can’t get it)

Lost in a touch
Can’t give it up

Lost in a touch
A touch…a touch…Can’t get enough

Every beat
A touch
In the heat
A touch
On the street
Can’t get enough

On the floor
A touch
By the door
A touch
Still want more
Can’t get…

Girl, you know it’s now or never
And I can make it last forever

CHORUS

Spinning like a top
Never gonna stop

Can’t get enough
Lost in a touch

Mind Your Own Business

Written By: Michael Lee

MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

You stick your nose where it don’t belong
You say you’re right, when you know that you’re wrong
Well, take a little good advice
Before you make a move think twice

Paparazzi, Painted bodies
Posing hotties, Kamikazes
Blind date, Sex tapes
Mental rape, No escape!

Pre-Chorus:

Tell it to me
Sell it to me
Do it again

Yell it to me
Sell it to me
Do it again
Right now…

People always pry
They only want the dirt
But someone could get hurt
If you don’t

CHORUS:

Mind Your Own Business (yeah)
(say it again)
Your own business (what?)
(Mind your own)
Your own business (yeah)
(play it again)
Your own business (oh yeah)

I know you think you’ve got the right
I know you think your case is so tight
Oh yeah, you might have your day
But Karma’s gonna come your way

Nosy neighbors, Sexual favors
Walking papers, Britney haters
Creepy cops, See-through tops
King of Pop, It never stops!

Pre-Chorus

People, everywhere-
Stop and turn around
If you really care
You’ll learn to

CHORUS

Guitar Solo

Good intention, Intervention
Growth prevention, Soul detention
Dot coms, Pom-poms
John-John, Octomom
Ecstasy, Duty-free
Nudity, T-M-Z
Patrick dies, Tabloid lies
Princess Di? Why ask why?

Pre-chorus (People always pry, They only…but someone will get hurt…)

CHORUS

Mind your own, Mind your own
Mind your own, Mind your own business

(People everywhere, stop and look around…it‘s Buyer Beware…)

CHORUS (wo oh!)

Mine your own, Mind your own
Mind your own, Mind your own business!

Yesterday Is Calling

Written By: Michael Lee

Ever since goodbye… I have tried and tried
To go back in time and find a way to change your mind
But I just can’t win when every single day begins
Same as the last, always robbing something from the past

If Yesterday were calling out your name
And all the stars were falling down like rain
Some of your choices haunting a part of you
If Yesterday were calling
What would you do?

What would you do?
What would you do?

What would you do?
What would you do?

What would you do
If Tomorrow wasn’t waiting for you?

On the road to regret it’s so hard to find the exit
You can go to town or you can spin your wheels around
Passing vital signs you leave this crazy world behind
Or you’ll find a way to hang on and fight another day

CHORUS

We say we’re sorry a million times (sorry, sorry, sorry…)
Take it for granted that will make everything fine
We build our bridges over troubled seas
Taking chances on our destiny

SOLO
CHORUS

(Yesterday is calling…out your name
And all the stars are falling…)

What would you do?
What would you do?

What would you do?
What would you do?

What would you do
If Tomorrow wasn’t waiting for you?

Discography

Hold On Till Heaven - EP
Lost In A Touch - Single
In My Dreams - Single
Find Me - Single