Sweet Love is my debut single, a tribute to Anita Baker and an introduction to my sound. I produced, arranged, recorded and mixed this record. I also designed the cover art.
Sweet Love features Sergio of Bodega Dream getting funky on the bass. Some vocals were recorded at The Brewery with Nick D’allesandro on the boards.
Jo Lee (pronouns: they/them/theirs) is an independent artist, songwriter and producer. Born and raised in Brooklyn, they would say that life was the best voice teacher. Jo is proud to use their voice as non-binary and queer to entertain and empower their community.
As a vocalist, Jo is often compared to Frank Ocean, Sam Smith and Prince. (Yeah, they sing REAL high.) Of Puerto Rican, Japanese and African-American descent, Jo Lee’s sound is as intersectional as they are. Soul, groove, and passion are woven into the music. Growing up in a church with a six-time Grammy-winning gospel choir also plays a huge part in their sound. Sometimes Mx. Lee likes to get downright sassy.
Jo Lee is an active member of New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and it’s contemporary acapella group, TONEWALL. In four seasons with the chorus, Jo performed seven solos. They represented the chorus on three television gigs (including The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and ESPN), at Carnegie Hall, with the New York Philharmonic, and Denver PAC. In its first three years as a group, TONEWALL placed Top 3 at the regional level of the international Aca-Open competition. The group performed at Yankee Stadium, Red Bulls Stadium, the 2016 Pride Rally, and the Diamond Horseshoe. Jo also supported Our Lady J for several performances as a backup singer, including serving as “choir mistress” to recruit and coordinate singers to work with her.
In January 2018, I participated in #Jamuary. It’s an annual challenge for music creators to create a piece of music content, every day. For the most part, music creators recorded videos of themselves with instruments and groove boxes. I went in a slightly different direction.
Taking things a step further, I set goals for each day:
- Create, at least, 16-32 bars of a new beat.
- Create a high-quality mixdown for each track.
- Create cover art and videos for each track.
Most of these pieces have parts that were composed on my iPhone and/or iPad. I finished arranging and mixing them in Ableton Live. A few of these have inspired songs that I’ll be writing and releasing in 2019.
This process taught me a lot about the art of “finishing” and making decisions, quickly.
I did an interview with Wendy of Carbon for Life about my process. Read it here.