James Lee StanleySinger/Songwriter
JAMES LEE STANLEY, the true renaissance man, was born in Philadelphia, PA, and has been recording and performing since he was fourteen. He has toured consistently since he returned from the USAF (as a Chinese linguist) and has performed up to three hundred dates a year since then, with such diverse acts as BONNIE RAITT, ROBIN WILLIAMS, NICOLETTE LARSON and even BILL COSBY. STEVEN WRIGHT chose James Lee as his opening act for three years in a row; a testament to his professionalism and talent.
“James Lee Stanley, a master at relating to audiences” - The San Francisco Chronicle. “Unexpected power from one acoustic guitar” - The Denver Post. “A standing ovation followed his set opening for Art Garfunkel” – The Sacramento Bee.
“This man is a great artist – his songs are finely-crafted and richly textured, with immediately memorable melodies and thought provoking lyrics, and his guitar playing is simply gorgeous, alternating between subtle finger picking. Lush chording, stark simplicity, rhythmically-charged complexity, and many and varied shades in between” – Fi Magazine.
“There is no need for back up, Stanley is a one man band, who doesn’t need any help” – the Milwaukee Journal.
“A solo performer, Stanley drew overwhelming applause for his outrageous monologue as well as his music” – The Daily Aztec, San Diego.
From the Universal Amphitheatre to the most intimate house concert, James Lee delivers the goods. He has been hailed as one of the few all time greats and undisputed geniuses among singer-songwriters. Fi Magazine listed his FREELANCE HUMAN BEING as one of the finest recordings of 1998 and one of the Top 200 Recordings of all time -- FI Magazine March 1999.
Discography: JAMES LEE STANLEY JAMES LEE STANLEY,TOO 3’S THE CHARM (RCA) MIDNIGHT RADIO (MCA) RACING THE MOON (TAKOMA) ECLIPSE (JOLLYE ROGER) LIVE (MUSIC CONNECTION- TOP 5 Record of the Year)(BEACHWOOD) SIMPATICO RIPE FOR DISTRACTION COWGIRLS GET T/BLUES THE ENVOY (MAC Report - top100 AC airplay) DOMINO HARVEST TWO MAN BAND (w/ Peter Tork) ONCE AGAIN (w/ Peter Tork) TWO MAN BAND TWO (w/ Michael Smith) FREELANCE HUMAN BEING (One of the Top 200 CD’s of All Time) A BEACHWOOD CHRISTMAS (w/Peter Tork, Pamala Stanley & Tom Paxton) LIVE / BACKSTAGE @ THE COFFEE GALLERY (w/Peter Tork) THE ETERNAL CONTRADICTION ALL WOOD AND STONES W/ John Batdorf Special Guest Musicians: Timothy B Schmit (Eagles); Paul Barrere (Little Feat); Laurence Juber (Wings); Peter Tork (Monkees); Scott Breadman (Rippingtons); Ken Lyon (Lemonheads, the Divinyls); and Laura Hall (Who’s Line Is It, Anyway?) NEW TRACES OF THE OLD ROAD LIVE IN TEHACHAPI (2 DISC SET) – Recorded in June of 2009 Over Two hours live BACKSTAGE AT THE RESURRECTION 2011, February 14 Release Date ALL WOOD AND DOORS W/ Cliff Eberhardt 2011, May 24 Release Date Special Guest Musicians: Timothy B Schmit (Eagles); Paul Barrere (Little Feat); Laurence Juber (Wings); Peter Tork (Monkees); Scott Breadman (Rippingtons);Chad Watson (Janis Ian); Rick Ruskin; John Batdorf; and Very Special Guests John Densmore and Robby Krieger (The Doors)
Emmy Award Winning - CATHY Specials (from the comic strip) for prime time CBS TV
Cable Ace Award Winning TOM PARKS - HBO Special
STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART, a musical in development, scheduled for release - Fall 2012
It is only a long lived singer-songwriter career that lets JAMES LEE STANLEY unite the unpredictable creative turns and the eclectic elements that make up his world. His remarkable ability as a vocalist and composer allow him to create songs, each recorded with a finely crafted with guitar orchestrations that enhance the lyric. But a whole new dimension is added when James Lee performs live. These incredible songs, coupled with his outragously hilarious repartee, make for an evening of hilarity and tenderness and one of the most entertaining concerts on the circuit. He has been hailed as one of the few all time greats and undisputed geniuses among singer-songwriters. Fi Magazine listed his FREELANCE HUMAN BEING as one of the finest recordings of 1998 and one of the Top 200 Recordings of all time - FI Magazine March 1999.