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Leee John of Imagination will be hosting a radio show NEW YEARS day afternoon at noon and 3 o'clockLeee John of Imagination will be hosting a radio show NEW YEARS day afternoon at noon and 3 o'clock, please check listings doing the GOLDEN hour on Smooth FM two different slots many tx leeej
LEEE J has recorded with NEVILLE STAPLES of the SPECIALSLEEE J has recorded with NEVILLE STAPLES of the SPECIALS a version of JR Murvins reggae classic POLICE and THIEVES , also a duet with Level 42s keyboard/singer Mike LINDUP a STEVIE WONDER CLASSIC VISIONS for an SOS promotional video to go with the film of LEEE and his band in ZAMBIA raising funds for SOS. THURSDAY 12th LEEE with be on SOLAR radio on sky digital for his own 2 hour show , Leee is doing lots of promotion and radio interviews for his new single BETCHA BY GOLLY WOW out oct 24th on itunes /CHERRY RED records.
The Fascination Of The Physical - Imagination
The last studio album to be recorded by soul /
funk legends Imagination, 1992's "The Fascination Of The Physical"
has never previously been issued in physical form in the UK.This expanded two disc edition includes the whole of the original
album and the bonus tracks featured on the original import only pressings.
Exclusive to this edition is a definitive second disc of alternative club remixes that evidence how the classic Imagination sound adapted to the new musical landscape of early 90's House and dance music. This special edition includes an expanded lyrics / photo booklet with extensive notes written by Leee John.
double cd with extra mixes followed by BETCHA BY GOLLY WOW - single , Leee also has separate duets with NEVILLE STAPLES of the specials version of POLICE and THIEVES , plus for SOS children charity a duet with MIKE LINDUP of LEVEL 42 of the STEVIE WONDER SONG VISIONS .
celebration of 30 years of IMAGINATIONI write in celebration of 30 years of IMAGINATION - where has the time gone , it seems only yesterday that i wrote the lyrics on my mothers kitchen table our fist hit record BODY TALK , in the end 1980 when we recorded it along with my bass player ASHLY INGRAM in Red Bus studios in london . THe following year when it was released after a lengthy time in the clubs , dance , soul charts with HEAVY dj support it entered at number 44 reaching number 4 in the uk national chart and number 1 in other territories around the world. Forming the group IMAGINATION with the help of Morgan Khan our a an r and dj Steve Walsh , we added Errol Kennedy on drums afterwards ( like a Black POLICE group ) and used various session musicians and background vocalists on our tours . Life and destiny can take you so far away from your origins , born in north london near the Arsenal football ground actually i was born in hackney but lived in finsbury pk. But over the last 30 years i lived in paris , LA , italy , spain , a musical gypsy at heart , my love for music , theatre the arts , motion picture have been heavily doctrined throughout my career . From the videos of Just an Illusion , to dynamic dance and visual in our INSTINCTUAL video , i have embraced , so many fashionable looks , sang and performed in different genre s of music , dance , reggae , pop , jazz , funk , in french , and classical . This has fed me the spirit of the earth , the natural rawness of respecting who comes first in stagecraft it is YOUR AUDIENCE which i say time after time there are theones who put you there, the fans , the groupies , the admirers , the diehards , the Leeegionaires , the JOHNBOYS , LOVE TO THE UNIVERSE much lv LEEEJ
RETROSPEXX -R A V E R is number 7 in the MusicWeek urban chart
SAT JAN 8th LEEE SANG AT THE FUNERAL OF BOBBY FARRELLSAT JAN 8th LEEE SANG AT THE FUNERAL OF BOBBY FARRELL - of the 70s group BONY M _ he sang SUNNY a hit for the group LEEE retitled it BOBBY in a tribute to BOBBY also an interview which leee coproduced and interviewed BOBBY one of his last interviews was shown at the venue where a special tribute for Bobby with other artists took place . - LEEE will be in france CLERMONT FERRANT on jan 15th for a spec ial ski show festival , Feb 5th at O2 indigo postponed till april dates TBC , LEEE was number 6 with his coproduction team RETROSPEXX with a dubstep miix in the uk COOLCUTS chart over xmas check YOUTUBE SEED-MIX RAVER feat LEEE JOHN . - Also drum and bass mix by dj LINX , this year will see other mixes and other music for 2011.
12/11/2010 - TONITE LEEE LIVE with orchestra on RAI 1 tv Italy at 11pm12/11/2010 - TONITE LEEE LIVE with orchestra on RAI 1 tv Italy at 11pm
See NEW pictures from Leee
July, Aug, Sept - Leee shows in cannes france , marbella spain ,zurich switzerland, iappeared on sky tv new channel VINTAGE channel ME and MRS jones and on SKY ARTS on REWIND festival - imagination feat Leee john then SOS children's village our of Zambia
SOS Cape Town
Hi Uncle Leee,
A big thank you from all of us at SOS Cape Town for your love and support.
Liesl Du Plessis
IS Secretary - Cape Town
Imagination at Buddha Beach
Leee John - Italian Newspaper -
"It's a surprise entertainer and singer Leee John, voice of the Imagination: sequined hat, black vest and microphone lumis is a stage animal who swoon dancing "Music and Lights," "Body Talk" and "Just an Illusion." Down in the audience to give photos, CDs, posters, he sings forever on the stage and the audience in Trieste showed great appreciation on his performance. This is the first time we played, but familiar Trieste. In August, we will be back for the third time, a guest of his number one fan, Fulvio that lives in Gradisca. He likes a lot, especially the sea, such as Italian wine and fish dishes. Author and director, never stands still, "I have a new song," Sensuality "and toured with a big band of 11 elements. I'm doing a docufilm 40 hours on the history of black music in the UK. The Eighties were a time glad you inspired, like the movie Ginger and Fred. We are now dominated by reality shows that descrive a reality not real."
MJM Tribute - Michael Jackson's Memorial Tribute
MJM Tribute - Michael Jackson's Memorial Tribute
MJM Tribute: Michael Jackson'S Memorial Tribute all'Olimpico Roma
Scenografie tridimensionali, effetti speciali 4D e proiezioni a 360 gradi per rendere omaggio al Re del Pop, saranno gli ingredienti del MJM Tribute - Michael Jackson’s Memorial Tribute, atteso da milioni di fan il 25 Giugno 2010 allo Stadio Olimpico di Roma.
Un grande evento per rivivere il sogno e la leggenda di Michael Jackson, dai Jackson Five alla sua tragica scomparsa, insieme a grandi star internazionali che calcheranno l’enorme palco montato in curva sud, dotato di pedane mobili, effetti laser, video studiati.
Il tributo prevede l’assegnazione dei premi internazionali della musica “Legend Music Award” 2010 e la presenza di Marlon Jackson, Dionne Warwick, Kim Carnes, Travis Payne, Leee John, Alfred Mccrary, forse anche una performance dei Jackson Five…
A un anno dalla morte del Re del Pop, si celebra a Roma il Michael Jackson Memorial Tribute allo Stadio Olimpico
A un anno dalla morte del Re del Pop, si celebra a Roma il Michael
Jackson Memorial Tribute allo Stadio Olimpico.
Il programma prevede delle scenografie con effetti speciali in 4D oltre ovviamente alla raccolta fondi che verrà lanciata per l’occasione alla Fondazione San Raffaele-Monte Tabor e all’Associazione Senegal Ambulatorio Thiemping.
Il programma sembra potrebbe presto essere integrato con l’annuncio di nuovi artisti che ne prenderanno parte.
Tributo al Re del Pop all’Olimpico di Roma
Marlon Jackson, Dionne Warwick, Kim Carnes, Travis Payne, Leee John, Alfred Mccrary. Sono solo alcune delle star protagoniste del “MJM Tribute. Michael Jackson’S Memorial Tribute“, evento in programma il 25 giugno prossimo allo Stadio Olimpico di Roma, organizzato da WorldLive Entertainment e presentato ieri al St. Regis Hotel.
Per il momento, l’unica conferma di partecipazione al grande tributo in onore al Re del Pop, scomparso lo scorso 25 giugno a Los Angeles all’età di 50 anni, è venuta dal fratello del cantante, Marlon Jackson, che ritirerà il Legend Music Award. Tuttavia, hanno precisato gli organizzatori, è prevista la presenza di due importanti artisti musicali internazionali ancora in fase di contrattualizzazione, oltre al coinvolgimento di un grande artista italiano.
Una celebrazione imponente, con tre ore di concerto e spettacolo: gli artisti sfileranno su un palco montato in curva sud, di quaranta metri di lunghezza, trentacinque di profondità, per quindici di altezza, dotato di pedane mobili, effetti laser, video studiati, effetti speciali.
In piena sintonia con lo spirito di Jackson, l’associazione Legend Music Awards devolverà parte dell’incasso e della raccolta fondi che verrà lanciata per l’occasione alla Fondazione San Raffaele-Monte Tabor e all’Associazione Senegal Ambulatorio Thiemping.
Il fratello della star scomparsa fa parte integrante dell’organizzazione del concerto: lo scorso anno i familiari di Jackson tentarono infatti senza successo di organizzare due tributi al cantante, a Londra e Vienna. Al momento, secondo alcune fonti, Jermaine Jackson starebbe cercando di programmare un’iniziativa simile per l’8 giugno alla Wembley Arena di Londra.
RTL Disco Tour 2009
Latest images from Leee performing on the RTL Disco Tour 2009
Victim For Peace Charity Single
Leee John records a charity single in Bologna, Italy for earthquake victims with italian artists for Victim For Peace (VIP).
Flashback Project Chart
The Flashback Project is now live, vote for Leee and Imagination here.
This is the current top ten:
No.1 Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler - Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)
No.2 Roachford - Cuddly Toy (re-issue)
No.3 Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler - Keep On Moving
No.4 Linx - Intuition
No.5 Aswad - Dont Turn Around
No.6 Real Thing - You To Me Are Everything
No.7 Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up
No.8 Janet Kay - Silly Games
No.9 Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing
No.10 Real Thing - Cant Get By Without You
Sensuality still moving up BillboardThe Sensuality remix continues to move up the Billboard chart in the US. Now placed at 37. Don't forget you can download it here.
RTL DISCO SHOWLeee will be performing as part of the RTL Disco Show in France throughout May this year. Visit the Gig Guide to find out more.
Download the Sensuality RemixesThe Sensuality Remixes moving up the US Billboard charts and can now be downloaded here
Leee John Jazz Quartet Live In Paris Download
The Leee John Quartet Live in Paris Album is now available to download here
Sensuality moving up the Billboard Dance Chart
The Sensuality remixes are moving up the US Billboard Dance chart for the second week.
The Sensuality remixes include mixes by Sami Dee, Ms Project and Gilli Solidroot. Sensuality is taken from Leees Jazz album Feel My Soul.
Leee John and His Jazz Quartet are back in Soho - Book Your Tickets Now!
Leee and his Jazz Quartet are back at the Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho in February.
An eclectic musical journey featuring powerful originals, recast classics such as 'Strange Fruit', and his hit single 'Sensuality'. Leee is joined by this outstanding band for a thrilling evening of songs from the past and present.
You need to get in quick as these will sell out very quickly.
Book tickets for Wed 11 Feb 2009 here
Book tickets for Thu 12 Feb 2009 here
Leee John and His Jazz Quartet are back in Soho
Leee John and His Jazz Quartet will be performing on the 11th and 12th February 2009 at Jazz Club Soho, 10 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3RW
For tickets and more information visit www.pizzaexpresslive.co.uk or call 0845 6027 017
Chritmas Carols with the Stars
Leee John will get Christmas celebrations off to a star-studded start at TV Times Christmas Carols with the Stars in aid of Leukaemia Research, the UK's leading blood cancer charity. Leee will sing with London gospel choir Ob-sessions who will join a host of celebrities from much-loved TV shows including The Bill, Coronation Street and Emmerdale at the event on 8 December 2008 at the Royal Albert Hall.
Get your tickets here
Listen to Leee on the radio
The You've Got Soul programme Leee contributed to is aired Saturday 17th October at 1.00pm on: Smooth/Real/Century radio stations. If you miss it you will be able to listen again online on their websites
Leee and Mary Wilson at the Mobo Awards
Black History Season 2008
The Mayor of London's Black History Season which has been celebrated across London since October 1987 as part of African Jubilee year. The decision to make this an annual event each October was endorsed by the Association of London Authorities. It has grown to celebrate the contributions and cultural heritage of London's African and Caribbean communities and their contribution to the capital's economic and cultural history, find out more.
Leee John on Solar Radio
Leee John talks about the Flashback Project with Dave Brown on his Solar Radio show. Listen to the full 3 hour show to hear Leee and Dave talking about Leee's experiences in the music industry, about the aims of the Flashback Project and how it will hopefully have an influence and contribute to changing some of the youth culture today.
Visit the Flashback Project to hear the complete show
Flashback Documentary Website Launched
www.flashbackproject.org.uk launched today.
Information on the Flashback Project and the people involved, watch the trailer for the documentary and add your support to the project via the forum.
leeejohn.com EXCLUSIVE --- Leee John & Leonkibuka - Let The Universe Set You FreeLet The Universe Set You Free by Leee John & Leonkibuka is only available via leeejohn.com
Music Downloads Now Available
We've just added a new area to the site MP3 Downloads. You can now download the latest albums and tracks by Leee or download classics by Imagination. All tracks are in MP3 format, buy by the whole album to qualify for a huge discounts.
We've already uploaded loads of tracks, with more to some soon. Take a look here to find any that are missing from your collection!
Stay Up To Date!RSS Feeds. We've added feeds for several pages on the site, including:
Each feed is updated as the site is updated. To find out more about how RSS Feeds work click here.
YouTube Video Wall
We've just added a new feature to the site, Leee John and Imagination YouTube videos are available all from one page on site, take a look here. We think we've got them all from YouTube, but if you find anymore or notice new videos when they are added follow the link on the Videos page to add them to the site for everyone else to see.
Summer Of VariablesThe latest Chairman Leee "Summer Of Variables" is available now
From Within The Heart on Amazon
From Within The Heart now available via Amazon.co.uk
Leee is hoping to a book tour in October, check back here more details
Leee is making preparations for a tour in 2009
Sensuality remixes by DJ Gillie and DJ Sami D have been released in the US as a special promotion to all US dance radio stations and DJs on pro-motion.
The Roots Of UK Black Music Documentary
Scopitone Ltd in conjunction with LJ Music have begun a documentary on the history of UK black music under the title Flashback. Starting with music from the late 70s and 80s for the first volume. Featuring artists like Loose Ends, Eddy Grant, Junior Giscombe, Jackie Graham, Level 42, Roachford, and many more artists, also featuring DJs, producers, and industry people from the time.
RTL Disco TourLeee had a spectacular three week RTL Disco 2008 Tour in France starring alongside The Village People, Boney M, Ottawan "Disco" Santa Esmeralda, Gibson Brothers, Evelyn Thomas, Weather Girls, Patrick Hernandez, Anita Ward and Miquel Brown.
Leee John visits SOS Children in France
On Wednesday 4th June, the children and staff of SOS Children's Village Marseille received a surprise visit from Lee John. Lee was in France on a whirlwind national tour and kindly took time out from his busy schedule to spend time at the Village - playing with children and distributing signed photographs.
The children and staff were extremely happy to see him and Bernard Roset, the Village Director said "Leee spent time with our children and was very kind and sensitive. He visited a family house and even gave some of our older children tickets for his show. We were so happy to see him."
SOS Children's Village Marseille is the largest Village in France and cares for more than 60 children.
Leee John continues to support SOS Children in many ways and has just released his new book; 'From Within the Heart' which describes his experiences at SOS Children in South Africa. The book can be bought online at Amazon with proceeds going directly to the charity.
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DownloadDownload "Shangri La" featuring Leee John on vocals!
From the Album "Master of the Mood" - John Watson
Available on iTunes and all major download sites.
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Hear Leee on the St Lucian Radio Show "Musically Speaking".
Visit Leee's page on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/leeejohn
Coming UpUS Release of "FEEL MY SOUL" in February. Promotion starts January.
Leee John on television‘Ma Télé bien-aimée’ Belgian Television Sunday 23/12 on Channel "La Une" 8.15 pm
Leee John & Jane Fostin will be performing their radio hit ‘Just the 2 of Us’ on Belgian Television and talking about their collaboration.
LOOK OUT 2008: Imagination - The ULTIMATE Anthology by Leee JohnNext year will see the release of the ultimate anthology of Imagination, Leee John asks you to send your favourite Imagination tune (single, album track, remix) to Johnboyproductions or Leee John’s hotmail address in order to compile the best Imagination Collection ever
Some more photos in Leee's World
LEEE JOHN & JANE FOSTIN on MARITIMA's party (05/12/07) celebrating 25 years of the radio station.
RETRO FEST WEEKEND at Culzean Castle (September 1st and 2nd)
Catch Leee Perfoming during the RETRO FEST Weekend at Culzean Castle Leee will be performing on Saturday September 1st.
Other bands performing (http://www.retrofest.co.uk/line_up.php):
For more info go to their website:
LEEE JOHN LIVE CDOrder the LIVE CD at KUDOS RECORDS c/o I-Tunes
LEEE AND HIS JAZZ QUARTET - Pizza Express LondonA sold out performance of Leee and his jazz quartet The sold out venue lapped up the smooth grooves from the new soul/jazz sensation 'Feel my Soul' and the classics sounded as great as the new standards. A lot of representatives from TV and Press were present to witness another winning performance from Leee and his renowned band.
Check out more impressions in Leee's World
NEW BO DJ AND NELSON FEATURING LEEE JOHNNEW BO DJ AND NELSON FEATURING LEEE JOHN "NO MORE, NO MORE LIES"
LEEE JOHN LIVE CD COMING SOON - already available for download on ItunesOrder the album here on Kudos Records c/o I-Tunes:
Recorded live at the New Morning Club in Paris, during the JVC Jazz Festival, Leee presents his Soul/Jazz project 'Feel my Soul'. With his formidable jazz quartet he made an immediate impact on the public consisting of die hard jazz fans and journalists.
Attending was David Nathan 'British Amabassador of Soul', of 'Blues and Soul' fame (the # 1 UK black music magazine). Leee, backed by Dr. John Watson (keys/vocals), Paul Jones (drums), Levil Neville (bass), Miles Danso (flute, sax) took the audience on a musical journey starting with the self-penned 'Flamingo Bleu' and ending with a harrowing rendition of his anthem 'The Truth'.
The Parisian crowd were blown away by Leee's mastery while presenting the tracks with such command as if he'd been working in the jazz genre for decades. In the end the public was taken back with a maginificent jazz version of 'Just an Illusion' and after a standing ovation, Leee came back to present the cherry on the cake: a 10 minute rendition of the unreleased track 'The Truth'. This tune simply begged for audience participation and participating they did, for about 15 minutes!
The live cd consists of 12 tracks including the 'Feel my Soul' tracks plus 'Illusion' and 'the Truth'.
A TRIBUTE TO PAUL 'TUBBS' WILLIAMS 9th April 2007The sad and untimely passing of Paul 'Tubbs' Williams on the 10th January grieved many of his former collaborators and friends.
A benefit was set up on 9th april by a circle of dear friends of the deceased bass player among which Jean Paul 'Bluey' Maunick (Incognito), Kenny Wellington, Breez Mckrieth, David Baptiste (Light of the World/Beggar and Co) and Camelle Hinds (Central Line).
The tribute took place at Dingwalls, London to soulfully remember Paul's contribution to music as well as bringing together of some of the most influential artists in UK Jazz Funk and Soul. Paul was founding member of Light of the World and Incognito. On stage that evening : Incognito, Light of the World (The Original Founding members) Beggar and Co, Central Line, Noel Mckoy (JTQ/McKoy) Courtney Pine, Orphy Robinson, Andy Gangandeen, Leee John (Imagination) Junior Giscombe, The JazzCotech Dancers, Marc Mac(4Hero) and many more...
Before Imagination took shape, Leee had already worked with Paul (Light of the world) and on and off the two would meet professionally and otherwise. Paul 'Tubbs' Williams was featured at Imagination's fifth anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 1986.
Credits photos : www.deeteephotography.com
special thanks to: Kenny Wellington (beggar&Co)
Tribute on YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcahft8q4Gk
David Nathan on Feel my Soul:....when Leee first mentioned that he had cut a jazz record in France, I was a little surprised. That surprise turned to delight when I heard the result last year. ''Feel my Soul'' displayed a maturity and command of the jazz idiom that suggested he'd been working in the genre for decades. Yes, there is a touch of Al Jarreau, a hint of Bobby Mc Ferrin, a dash of George Benson but in its essence, it was Leee John doing Leee John, and he did it well, very well.
Listen to Leee John on ITUNESFeel my Soul album
Mind, Body and Soul
Just an illusion new 21st Century mix
Now is the Time
Dance Vault Classics CD
MORE NEWS COMING SOON
New SingleNOW IS THE TIME/C'EST LE MOMENT available for download on I Tunes
Including never before released tracks: 'God bless the Child', 'R Luv' and 'Just my Imagination'
Check out the video from "Now Is The Time". Download here (.WMV - Windows Media File). 48MB File!!
Check Leee's thoughts and diary on the Chairman Leee page
Chairman LeeeCheck Leee's thoughts and diary on the Chairman Leee page
Leee performing on the "Vibes from the Vines" festivalPhotos courtesy of Jimmythesnaps.com
Also, for more info on the festival go to: http://www.vibesfromthevines.co.uk/lineup.htm
Discography pictorialFor a bit more info check the Discography page
Leee guest on Dutch Radio show on Rosa FMOn Tuesday 25th of July Leee's interview with DJ Fonz's from Dutch radio ROSA FM can be heard
between 21.00 - 22.00 PM UK time!!
Go to: www.rosafm.nl and click on the livestream button
GAY PRIDE CONCERT at CHATEAU RENARD (France) : 24 JUNE
LEEE JOHN LIVE AT VIRGIN MEGASTORE PARIS : 18 JUNE
LEEE JOHN LIVE AT VIRGIN MEGASTORE PARIS : 17 JUNE
BBC Radio DevonLeee will be on BBC Radio Devon at 10.30 a.m (uk time)
At the Richard Greene Show
Leee on www.wattsin.tvRECOMMENDED!!!!!
DONT MISS THE FANTASTIC INTERVIEW AND CLIPS ON WWW.WATTSIN.TV
LEEE JOHN LIVE IN PARIS-FRANCE : 17-18 MAY :
A review of the show from Richard de France :
'I was there accompanied by my wife and JP; the gig was a fantastic live rendition of the 'Feel my Soul' album mixed with some jazzy versions of Imagination tracks (Illusion-Music and Lights) and a few unreleased gems of Leee John (The Truth, Utopia, Lover,...); 2 spectators were invited on stage by Leee to guest vocal and singing they did.
The musicians were outstanding, especially John 'Dr' Watson on the piano blending suberbly with Leee's vocal prowess. The gig lasted for about 2 hours and although accoustics were not perfect it was a fantastic musical journey deserving accolades. Leee looked very at ease, France is definitely his second home. His new album is a gem and wel on its way to becoming a standard.'
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Sunset SeasideBOOKING: www.sunset-sunside.com
Leee and his jazz quartet will be gigging at the well-known jazzclub Sunset Seaside in Paris. Book early! International travellers be aware of the champions league final at the Stade the France on 17th May!!!
See the GIG Guide
"Feel My Soul" Chart Position at FNAC FranceLeee John is charting in FNAC´S Jazzcharts!!!
Chart success following critical success, expect a full lowdown on all press and other media appearances next week.
Leee on www.wattsin.tv from 21st till 28thwww.wattsin.tv
fnac TV - 8 million viewers
Feel My Soul CD display in Virgin Megastore on the Champs Elysee France
Release-flyer of Feel My Soul in France
"Feel My Soul" Review on 020.com, the London Entertainment GuideLEEE JOHN LOVES JAZZ
Throw away those leg warmers, ditch the 80's and clean out your music collection. Leee John is new on the London jazz scene.
Some people dream of being a pop star, some want to watch on as a club full of people move to the beats of their latest hit dance song. Others want to brush shoulders with royalty, dine with world leaders or present on the television. Most of us won’t get our dream. Leee John however, has done it all and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. ...
Read more of Katie Spain's review of "Feel My Soul" on 020.com, the London Entertainment Guide.
Click here to access the review
Leee John guest on the Jonathan Ross ShowMissed it!! Listen again to Leee John on the "Jonathan Ross" Show.
The show with Leee as guest can be heard until the end of the week (19/03)
14/03/2006: Launch Feel My Soul CD/DVD in Paris France
New remixComing up Review "Feel My Soul"
New remix of "Mighty Power Of Love" By DJ Gilli (UK Rumble Radio)
28/11/2005: PICTURES OF FEEL MY SOUL LAUNCHEnjoy the picture gallery of the lauch gig at bush hall courtesy of cyberex :
BLUES AND SOUL magazine 20/11-05/12Imagination and Leee used to be featured regularly in Uk's leading Soul, Funk , jazz magazine Blues and Soul. in the eighties and nineties, now nearly 25 years after the article on Imagination comes 2 page interview with Leee , check it out how to order :
20/11/2005: Leee John Interview on chatnetA couple of days before the release of 'Feel my Soul' chatnet uk conducted an interview with Leee . They discussed the origins , Imagination years, Leee as songwriter, composer and of course the release of 'Feel my Soul' Check out the 18 minute interview on chatnet :
07/11/2005: FEEL MY SOULJazz tour continues : next stop Pizza Express Soho check gig guide
Feel my Soul widely available and looking good!!!!
Dero's Illusion going strong, out on vinyl and widely available now Mixmag dj magazine : short interview with Leee on Dero's Illusion on Subliminal Records
FEEL MY SOUL HITS STORESFEEL MY SOUL HITS STORES ALL OVER UK AND INTERNET RETAILERS
26 October 2005: BUSH HALL FEEL MY SOUL CD/dvd launch
A tremendous gig at Bush Hall in front of people from the industry, press , fellow artists, family and friends officially lauched the long awaited first album of Leee John. Sensuality, The thin line, Small World , ... sounded brilliant in a packed Bush Hall. Leee seemed relaxed and in an uplifting mood, he ended the gig with a sublime jazz version of ... yes Just an Illusion and a chilling rendition of the yet to be released anthem 'The Truth'.
Alan Bates , head of Candid Records, thanked Leee afterwards for the brilliant performance and craftmanship of the jazzamataz quartet; Stefane Peyrolo , brilliant cameraman/director of the 2 hour DVD filmed the event, Tony Hadley was there to support his 'Reborn' friend, among the many other guests were: Dee Vaz (Leee's sound engineer, co-composer ) , Adam Pendse, Steve 'the Greek' Charalambous, fan and collaborator in Bognor Tony Deacon and son Christopher, fan Barry (aka Bazza) and his sister Tina and loads more journalists (Blues and Soul, QW...) colleagues .... former Imagination custome designer Brian , the list was endless.
The launch was celebrated in style at a bubbling after party!!
INTERVIEW LEEE JOHNLeee has been interviewed for 80's empire website (www.80sempire.com) A very interesting interview with some reflections on the Imagination days with Ashley and Errol, the nineties and of course the building up to Feel My Soul
check out the interview here : leee_john.html
Mariah Carey' 'Get your number' feat. ILLusion in top 10 uk chart
08/10/2005: FEEL MY SOUL
The wait has been long, the work has been hard, the acclamation will be unanimous!!!
FEEL MY SOUL ON Candid RecordsThe scat vocals on ‘Tell me do you want my love’, the jazz interlude in ‘Point of no return’ at the Hammersmith concerts, a meeting with John ‘Dr’ Watson in a jazz club, the Leee John Jazz project : this jazz album has been in the heart and mind of Leee for more than 2 decades. Now it finally sees the light of day ready to create the quiet storm.
With this album Leee shows how wide his vocal range is, using the vocal chords as an extra instrument on newly written songs and some alltime jazz standards. Songs like ‘Sensuality’, ‘U never know’ were written years ago by Leee but kept in the pipeline as he felt they should be heard in a style that would suit them. Together with Gina Smith, longtime friend and manager, he wrote the jubilating track ‘Jazzamataz’ already sounding as a classic. Ella Fitzegerald’s heartfelt ‘Strange Fruit’ and Cole Porter’s 'Someone to watch over me' are not plainly covered but Leee approaches them in a way they become his own without ever losing the soul of the original writing.
All in all , thirteen tracks showing the artistry of Leee and all musicians, co-writers involved. As a bonus a 2 hour dvd showing the recording process and including some tracks that are not on the cd + extra bonuses and a photo gallery.
To order please go to www.candidrecords.com or click on this link : http://www.candidrecords.com/onesheet/1sheet_full_leee_ccd79787.shtml
FEEL MY SOUL TOUR DATES :
05/10/2005: GET YOUR NUMBER - MARIAH CAREY with Illusion entering UK CHARTSMariah Carey releases 'Get your number' featuring sampling of 'Just an Illusion' , videoclip has been recorded. 'Get your number' enters top 10 in UK CHARTS!!!
DJ DERO FEATURING LEEE : JUST AN ILLUSION (newly recorded vocals)Out on Subliminal Records and currently on Nr 1 in Pete Tong’s buzz chart is ’Illusion’ remixed by argentinian top dj Dero using a new lead vocal track by Leee.
Please check : www.subliminalrecords.com
To listen to this haunting house track , please go to Dj Dero’s homepage and enoy :
More news to come!!!!
Keeep on jazzin!!
NEWS FLASH"Just an illusion" Remix by Dj Dero and Leee John with newly recorded vocals. To be released 24/26th of August 2005 on Subliminal Records (www.subliminalrecords.com)
Maurizio Verbeni has done some remixes of "Passion" currently on white label.
"Could have been you could have been me" the 2001 collaboration of Lenny Fontana and Leee is creating some buzz on the dancefloors and up for a wider release. (more details to come)
"Feel my soul" album release pushed to October.
FEEL MY SOULTHE EAGERLY AWAITED FEEL MY SOUL ALBUM IS UP FOR RELEASE ON CANDID RECORDS IN SEPTEMBER. a single 'THIN LINE' will be released in the summer
JAZZ TOUR 2005Leee will be performing his upcoming album live in the UK , first gigs confirmed (check gig guide)
First stop : Colchester Arts Centre
Buy tickets online :
OTHER NEWSThe new Mariah Carey album will have her version of 'Just an Illusion' (up for a summer release as a single??)
PRESS RELEASEMUSIC STARS JOIN RADIO JACKIE FOR CANCER BENEFIT :
EVENT ORGANISER : ROGER SMITH
Pop stars Leee John, Jaki Graham, Junior Giscombe and top Radio Jackie DJ Neil Long make up the superb musical bill for a night of great entertainment in November that will also raise much-needed funds for the Cancer Unit at Kingston Hospital
A Fantastic 1980s Soul/Funk Night for Kingston Hospital Cancer Unit Appeal, on Thursday 11 November at The Works Night Club in Kingston. Neil Long and the Radio Jackie Road Show will be providing the music throughout the night along with live performances from Leee John, Jaki Graham and Junior Giscombe. Boogie the night away, from 9pm through till 2am, to classics such as Round and Around, Just an Illusion and Mamma Used to Say.
The Kingston Can Appeal has raised £2.25 million so far, but still has some way to go to achieve its target of £3.5 million to build and equip a purpose-built patient-centred dedicated cancer unit that provides prompt and efficient treatment of a variety of forms of cancer.
Kingston Hospital already has a superb cancer management team that specialises in breast, colorectal and lung cancers. The hospital is now keen to expand the range of treatment services and enhance the facilities and environment in which patients are treated. The new unit will be a caring and private environment where patients will receive specialist cancer care and treatment under one roof, without having to continually move around the hospital and travel to other hospitals.
The fundraising event was inspired by pop star and ex-Imagination lead singer Leee John, whose close friend and tour manager Mark Uttley was recently a patient at Kingston Hospital. Leee says ‘I was hugely impressed by the care Mark received here and the terrific and forward-thinking staff at Kingston Hospital. In the knowledge that 1 in 3 of us will get cancer in some form in our lifetime, I was determined to help this terrific hospital bring its treatment facilities right up-to-date and improve further the chances of saving more lives. I would love to have an annual event like this so we can keep the support going even when the unit is built.’
Leee has rallied his friends Jaki Graham and Junior Giscombe around to get involved, too, and together they make for an energetic bill for this fundraising event. Local FM station Radio Jackie is providing fantastic support, too, with DJ Neil Long hosting the evening, and the station is also running a competition for a lucky winner to have dinner with Leee and then come along to the event with a group of friends. For further information please log on to www.radiojackie.com.
While cancer research and treatment is expensive, this club night isn’t – and what a great way of helping to raise funds for a terrific cause. All proceeds go to the Kingston Cancer Unit Appeal and tickets are just £10 from The Works Night Club, 020 8541 4411, www.workskingston.com , or pay on the door.
Will be coming to Kingston to launch the event on
THURSDAY 14TH OCTOBER
THE WORKS, 1 St James Rd, Kingston Upon Thames. KT1 2AH
For further information about this press call or to request interviews with Leee John, please call Anne Shore on 0207 243 9848 or 07885 741560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BIG CHARITY EVENT ON NOVEMBER 11TH IN KINGSTON WORKS NIGHTCLUBIn association with Radio Jackie
Saturday 28th September Mark Uttley will be on Radio Jackie to announce and push a charity gig in Kingston :
Juke Box Show starting at 11 a.m. until 2 pm
Click on logo Radio Jackie
BIG CHARITY EVENT ON NOVEMBER 11TH IN KINGSTONPLACE : WORKS NIGHTCLUB (Kingston)
In association with radio Jackie , www.radiojackie.com Leee John, Jackie Graham(Set me free) and Junior Griscombe (Mama used to say) will be performing live at a special charity event.
More details to follow !!!!!!!
LEEE GOES JAZZ - JAZZ ALBUM RECORDING FRANCE
For the past month Leee was busy recording his first jazz album in France. Cristal Records was enthused by Leee's plans and under the direction of Eric Debegue with sound engineer/co-producer François Gaucher Leee started recording.
Studio assistant in charge was Ludovic Guichard, associate producer the ever present Dee Vaz (crazy but for real), John Watson on piano , Stephen Kerecki on bass , Stephane Huchaed on drums and Jean Noel Godard percussion. Leee and his posse recorded some 20+ jazzy tunes, some originals, some reworkings of his own recordings and some jazz anthems.
The whole event was filmed by a professional team headed by film director Stephane Peyrolo and a DVD will be released of the whole event including additional material filmed in France.
No release date has been offically announced but Leee is aiming for an autumn release.
CHECK 'IN REVIEW' PAGE FOR A PICTURE COLLAGE TAKEN AT LEEE'S HOME AND STUDIO! PREVIEW SHOTS FOR SLEEVE DESIGN!
MIGHTY POWER OF LOVE 2004 on delicious records Germ/Austr.The famous Mighty Power of Love dance hit will be released on Delicious Records in Germany and Austria.
Release date : end of March.
As soon as we receive confirmation that is has indeed come out we'll let ya know how you can buy this revamped choon!!
LEGEND OF IMAGINATION & LEEE JOHN COMPILATION DVDAn exclusive Dvd focusing on the incredible Imagination history with some exlusive interviews, audio and video, rare videoclips and concert outtakes is being finalized as I write this down.
No release date yet but it will be rather sooner than later.
LEEE IN MARCHE (BELGIUM) December 2004
In December Leee has been busy paving the way for upcoming releases.
Although his schedule was tight he managed to squeeze in some selective and private gigs in France, Switzerland Italia (private) and Belgium (Marche). The picture is courtesy of Fabien (pictured right) an long time Imagination and Leee John fan , thanks a lot Fabien!
Also a simply exceptional performance in DUBAI at the DIMC to add some spice to an exclusive gala diner to celebrate Class 1 end of the year! Leee was also featured as a presentor on Sky Shopping Channel for an new interactive karaoke DVD.
LEEE JOHN SANG TO A MASSIVE 10,000 CROWD IN ROTTERDAM.
The event was a celebration of Soul , Disco, Funk. On stage with Leee : Tavares, the Trammps, Rose Royce and a whole lot more, the acclamation was tremendous, Leee met a lot of fans after the show all very interested in new things to come.
Leee wanted us explicitely to thank all the fans that came to the show! 'IT WAS AN AMAZING EVENING AND NIGHT' (Leee J.)
Picture courtesy of Jeroen Jansen!
Sell out shows in Holland again, France
Website'In review' page updated : Perugia pix added
More news coming soon!!!
GIGSLeee was in Italy last week for yet another hot performance. Mary our italian correspondant and Tony Hadley fan once again was present and will send us some shots taken at the gig. This gig has been the third in Italy in recent months and shows Leee's international fame is still as strong as ever.
Leee and his dancers will be visiting Georgia, Holland and France in the coming weeks!
Record News- Delegation vs Imagination -
Dj Maze, Leee John and Ricky Bailey of Delegation have collaborated on a dance tune 'U turn me on' to be released soon!!
Other News- Fanshop -
Now for sale in the fanshop : the incomparable 'Dance Vault Classics' a dark session of some rare Leee John choons of the nineties and 2000 including never before released mixes of 'Mighty Power of Love' and 'Everybody wake Up'! and the sunny, groovy track 'Could have been me' with Lenny Fontana.
Also out are 'Mind Body and Soul, best of I' with some of the original mixes and a few other mixes never before released on cd. When this haunting dance track came out in 99 there was a promo vinyl containing 4 early mixes of MBS but NOW , for the very first time you can hear the ORIGINAL master of this track (never before released on vinyl or cd) + the terrific and rare 'Britallics Mix' . And finally on cd 'Passion , including Gilly's NYC mix'
We will be putting some exclusive downloads on the web by the end of next month
- Website -
IN REVIEW : summer review pictures added
currently working on videofiles and new picture galleries
LEEE JOHN AND IMAGINATION AT BUTTERFLY BALLOn Saturday , 27 September the yearly BUTTERFLY BALL will happen at the London HILTON Hotel
This event for Charity is organised by the RHYS DANIELS TRUST.
COUNT DOWN TO THE BUTTERFLY BALL !
Don't miss this glittering celebrity event
Saturday 27th September 2003
Tickets : £85 per person include Champage reception, full evening of sparkling entertainment, amazin prize auction and raffle, 3 course dinner and much, much more!!!
Table booking : call 020 8559 1519 or
or go to : rhysdanielstrust.org
10/09/03: NEWSSummer Review part 1 added , Roma, France : pictures, review Roma by Marina
Gig guide : gigs September : Holland , gigs October : Holland, Italy
03/09/03: NEWSWe are pleased to welcome Anne Shore to the Leee John & Imagination posse.
Anne Shore is Leee John's Public Relation Agent
Mobile : +44 7885 741560
Gig Sardinia 15/08/2003Leee and his musicians revisited Sardinia ( Puerto Cervo) for a hot concert to a capacity crowd; it was the second time in 3 years that Leee John and Imagination performed on the posh island and the acclamation was unanimous!! Some exclusive pictures of Sardinia will show up in our 'In review' page as part of the 'Summer Review'
Other newsIn between gigs and tv appearances Leee has been working on some new material the last couple of weeks, some of them may be included on the forthcoming 1st Leee John album.
About this upcoming release : lips are sealed but we can tell you that loads of discussions are taking place all in several European cities.
In the meantime , check out Shakatak's new release featuring the Leee John - Bill Sharpe penned track 'Fool in Love'!
GigsLeee just returned from France where he, Leroy and Algee performed in 'La Roche Posay'. The week before they travelled from Venice to Rome and gave some scorching performances. Our local report Marina (aka Mary) was present at 'Le Dune Village' in Rome and witnessed the Leee's performance in front of a crowd of 1700; the music was unleashed in tropical temperatures (34° and more) and the capacity crowd was blown away by the sound of Leee John and Imagination.
Leee will return to Italy, more specifically to SARDINIA, the exclusive island for a CONCERT!! Together with the Leee John band he will conquer the posh resort in the same vain he did last year and bring some 'Passion' to inhale by the posh crowds.
A review and some exclusive pix from Marina and her husband Enzo will be put online the coming days.
SEPTEMBER : LEEE IN EUROPE : BELGIUM, SWITZERLAND, FRANCE
- check gig guide for details -
PROJECTSLeee is currently sorting out some deals for upcoming projects : aside from the 'Leee John Album' some exclusive releases among which the 'dance project' are up for licensing in Europe and Japan, beside these Leee has plans to release a mega-compilation on 'the Legend of Imagination' including some unreleased Imagination sounds. A DVD release on 'Imagination' will coincide with this release. Some propositions coming from the 'Musical Scene', Leee and his theatrical agents are reviewing these opportunities so there is a chance you might see Leee on stage in London during the chilling evenings in winter. As this gruelling summer moves on the pipeline looks more and more interesting.
- Keeep on watching this space -
FOOL IN LOVEBLUE SAVANNAH track 10 FOOL IN LOVEon Victor Entertainment (Japan release only)
As mentioned before leeejohn.com was the first website to break the news on the release of Blue Savannah by Shakatak. The latest release of the britfunksouljazz legends features a track written by Leee and Bill Sharpe last year. Fool in love , track 10 on the album, is a smooth soulful jazzy tune sung beautifully by Leee and Jill Saward (Shak's leading lady); another track Angel (I'll be there) written by Bill and Leee didn't make it on the album. For nearly a year we have been announcing this release and we're glad it's finally there.
As an appetizer for the upcoming Sounds and Vision page we invite you to listen to an exclusive soundclip of the original cut of 'Fool in Love' , difference being that Jill didn't sing on the original one (I must say both versions are of equal artistry!!
EXCLUSIVE : LISTEN TO 'ANGEL' (Leee John and William Sharpe) NOT on Blue Savannah :
COMING UP NEXT WEEK : NEW PHOTO GALLERIES, FANSHOP NEWS AND SOUNDPAGE
KEEEP ON MOVIN!!!!!
Out now : BLUE SAVANNAH BY SHAKATAK featuring LEEE JOHN
Leee recorded a couple of tracks with Bill Sharpe, these have been announced by this website for almost a year, well the wait is over, the jazzfunk album has just been released in Japan and features the smooth track 'Fool in Love' with Leee as guest vocalist in a duet with Jill Sayward , Shakatak's lead singer.
- More details later -
GIGSLeee is currently touring France and Italy (1,2 & 3rd August) We have our reporter in Rome who will be covering the gig in 'Le Dune Village'
The July gigs in France went really well and the private gig in Essex was a gas :
Also in July, Leroy , who has been dancing and performing with Leee for the past 8 years or so, got married.
OTHER NEWSAt the present time Leee is busy meeting up with companies to sort out upcoming releases, some of the special editions are up for licensing in Japan and Europe (NOT North America);
A DVD will be produced (if everything goes according to plan) by an american company, this dvd will cover the 'Imagination years' and more recent ventures of the patron saint of showbiz, Leee has asked us to invite fans to send over questions about Imagination and its members Ashley, Errol , Peter , Nat to be included in that release.
We will be more specific in upcoming 'news updates'
23 june 2003: Happy Birthday LEEEA great party was had at the Cobden Club, dinner was delicious and the choons were thrown at the participating crowd of friends and family by DJ Gilly who Leee met in the eighties in the same club. They went down memory lane and looked confidently into the future.
A HAPPY ONE , MAESTRO
18 june 2003: Leee in Holland : review + picturesLeee and his dancers hit Holland twice : end of May and beginning of June.
He first shed the light in the fabulous Matrixx club in Nijmegen and later on set the Locomotion club in Zoetermeer on fire.
We were fortunate to have 2 fantastic local reporters : Gert-Jan and his lovely sister Dorieke, both have been Imagination fans since day 1 and saw many a show in Holland where Imagination were regular guests in venues (remember 'Vredeburg concert in Utrecht!) and on the popular 'Soul Show' of legendary Dj Ferry Maat.
AS LEEE'S BIRTHDAY IS COMING NEXT MONDAY 23RD JUNE , ALL AT LEEEJOHN.COM WOULD LIKE TO WISH HIM A FABULOUS TIME AND LOTS OF BUBBLES AND FUNKY MUSIC!!!
05 june 2003: Leee John live performancesLeee has a lot of gigs , concerts and performances lined up for the coming months : with his band
he will be performing on a few private gigs in the Uk! He will be touring France, Uk , Brazil (optional), Italy and possibly Germany in the coming months.
Check out the gig guide on a regular basis
26 May 2003Leee has currently finished a new version of 'Betcha by golly wow' and 'Just my Imagination' up for a single release in June (still under negociations!)
He will be gigging in Holland, France, Uk and Italy (to be confirmed!) the coming weeks, check the gig guide!!!
18 May 2003: Leee on LBC this afternoonwww.lbc.co.uk
Brian & Matt ask 80s star, Leee John, whether the media has been a friend or foe and chat to VIZ publisher, John Brown
16 May 2003This weekend : Sunday on LBC radio (reception via internet) :
Leee featured on 'Mediashow ' 2.15pm (approx.) (check schedule)
not 12.30 as previously announced!!
Leee performed 'betcha by golly wow' and 'just my imagination' on Loose Lips on Tuesday (livingtv)
13 May 2003Leee on tv : 'loose lips' on living tv 2.00pm (repeated in the evening)
09 May 2003Website :
photogallery Reborn after-party and farewell party (Opium Club)
new links (soulwalking, Tony Hadley, Peter Cox...) added on 'Links' page!
Coming soon :
next week : - new pictures in 'In Review' page, shop, cds for sale, new info
01 MAY 2003WEBSITE NEW LOOK LAUNCHED
Reborn page updated : goodbye card Leee from his colleagues in Cleveland
21/04/03: REBORN IN THE USA CD OUT NOW
Please check www.rebornintheusa.net where you can listen to the tracks and view some 'behind the scenes' pictures of the show and other interesting information
21/04/03: REBORN IN THE USA : Cd released Easter Monday
On 21st april you will be able to order/buy this cd in all megastores and record shops.
Leee has been doing a lot of Tv and Radio this week, he was a guest on Liquid News on Wednesday , Radio 5, Loose Lips (Friday) and LBC radio on Saturday.
REBORN FINALE LONDON , Saturday 26th AprilIn Ny , Tony Hadley and Michelle Gayle qualified for the 'Reborn Final Showdown'.
This show will take place in London , Itv studios, recorded live from 6pm onwards.
All 'Reborn' stars will be singing one of their songs in this show and the 'Reborn' winner will be announced during that show.
Leee John , Peter Cox & Tony Hadley on tour??
Leee told in a press conference held on 16th april that there might be a chance that the 3 voices of the Reborn show will be touring together as a 'new Ratpack' , '...Tony would be Frank, Pete would be Dean Martin and I a kind off Sammy Davis....'. (more news on Reborn Page this week)
Press Release 15/04/03Leee John says he may team up with fellow Reborn In The USA contestants Tony Hadley and Peter Cox for a tour of the UK.
John, who formed an unlikely friendship with ex-Spandau singer Tony Hadley, says he has also been offered a role in Sean Connery's latest film.
"We may do a Rat Pack tour with me, Tony Hadley and Peter Cox which will be really, really good. We'll do our own stuff and dress up in the old suits.
"A promoter is interested in doing it in Britain and Europe at the end of the year. Tony is very like Frank Sinatra and Peter is cool like Dean Martin. I'll be Sammy Davis."
"Tony and I really bonded even though he's on the phone all the time. We called him Two-Hand Tone. Tony was gutted I left this week. We're total opposites but we got on well. I wanted to get to New York so we could do a Rat Pack routine there."
John added: "I've been asked to play a drama teacher in a new film called The Magic Isles made by the people who did Billy Elliot. It's about a young Scottish boy who wants to get into a drama school.
"They've asked Sean Connery to do a cameo role and Christina Aguilera has been asked to play the female lead. They asked me while I was in the US."
- Reborn page will be updated next week
LEEE THIS WEEK ON RADIO & TELEVISION- WEDNESDAY 16/04 : RADIO 5 10-11 am//
TV : LIQUID NEWS BBC 3 7 pm!!!!
- THURSDAY 17/04 : RI:SE CHANNEL 4 8.10 am
- FRIDAY 18/04 : LOOSE LIPS on Living TV 1.55 pm
CHECK TV GUIDES - CHECK TV GUIDES
REBORN IN THE USA: CLEVELAND(12-04-03)After spending a fabulous week in Cleveland, Leee lost a very close vote.
Leee sang a blistering version of 'Just my Imagination' and got the audience up once again.
LEEE WAVED GOODBYE TO THE PARTICIPATING CROWD AND THE REBORN TOUR.
-Updates on Reborn page to follow-
REBORN IN THE USA : NASHVILLE (05-04-03)Leee won the vote against Sonia is now put up against Michelle Gayle to stay on the bus
Leee sang a very tender version of 'a little bit more', a dr. Hook classic and was, surprisingly nominated by the Nashville audience.
-Updates on Usa Reborn page -
REBORN IN THE USA : UPDATE (01-04-2003)Interviews part 2 : Tony Hadley & Michelle Gayle
We were blessed by the goodwill of most of the competitors to answer a couple of questions submitted by leeejohn.com.
REBORN IN THE USA : MEMPHISWe are on a MISSION!!!!!
After a tough show in Mephis LEEE IS ON PROBATION.
Interviews : part 1 : Peter Cox & Elkie Brooks
We have conducted interviews with most of the competitors on the bus, there have enthusiatically answered 5 general and 2 personal questions first up : Peter Cox who has already proven what a great VOICE he has and 'Dame' Elkie Brooks who oozes class when she is singing.
29 march 2003 : Elkie Brooks has been voted off the bus, a dear friend of Leee has gone, she bid the tour farewell with a sublime rendition of Elvis history.
Reborn in the USA : DetroitReborn page updated : Leee sings Marvin, article from 'Now',
Upcoming : interviews with the stars
Reborn in the USA : PhilladelphiaReborn page updated : - Leee John in Stylistics mood
Reviews by David , DL , New Orleans audience,
Picture (Now magazine)
Reborn in the USAReborn in the Usa page updated : New Orleans, Philadelphia
A lot of coverage in press and on Tv of this 'Reality Tv Show'
Next show , this Saturday evening approx. 9.30pm UK time
WebsiteCurrently re-designing some pages, new pics. will be added, possibly a chatroom will be online this week Special thanks to DL, Barry James & David Rowles (USA)
Next Sunday on www.ukrumble.com special remixes by DJ Gilly (MBS, Passion), a 20 minute special remix of Leee and Imagination SSSound!!!! Check forum for time!! Thx GILLY
For all further info on 'Reborn' click:
REBORN IN THE USAThe distinguished company are preparing to leave for the USA, departure 02th March 03.
First stop : New Orleans.
A special page 'Reborn in the USA' will give you all the latest news , gossip and results, Leee will keep you informed of any special happenings during the build-up. We will also give you insight in what is being published on this 'hot' event!
Leee John, formed dance trio Imagination in 1981. The group notched up a decade's worth of hits incl. "Just An Illusion" which reached No2 in 1982. He runs his own production company, and has had success as a solo artist. He's hoping to break into acting.
My first earnings from Imagination was a cheque for £15.000. I went straight to Harrods and bought a wolf fur coat, which I wore constantly. I've still got it in the loft. The first time I realised I'd made it was in the mid-1980's: while playing to a Spanish audience of 15.000, I caught a glimpse of myself on a massive screen and just thought: "Wow, I'm famous". Fame had a huge impact. I'd been supplementing my income from the theatre working as singing waiter. Then I wrote our first hit, "Body Talk", on my mum's kitchen table in 1981, and suddenly screaming schoolgirls were chasing me everywhere we went. We were even mobbed in far-flung places such as Bratislava and Russia. It was amazing. I got to meet influential figures such as Princess Di - who joked about our see-through outfits- and Nelson Mandela, who had us over for dinner; Winnie cooked. Things started to change in 1990 when our manager Brian Longley was killed in a road accident. His death hit me hard, and my priorities changed.
I formed my own production company and started promoting other acts, although I missed the limelight. I decided to do the series for the exposure because I want the public to know Leee John rather than 'that guy from Imagination '. Any performer would leap at the chance to sing to new audiences on an all-expenses-paid trip to the US.
(Source: Daily Mail Feb 26 2003)
Gig guide updated, Germany, France , Uk!!
Leee John on television : ITV - February, March !!!!!!!!!Reborn in the USA (in negociation)
A reality show , some of nineties illuminaries :
More details as we receive them,
!!!BREAKING NEWS!!!!Leee John will be releasing a NEW album this year!!!!!
Tentative release date: november 2003!!
!!COMING SOON !!A new 'Special cd' is being prepared :
Leee John & the Sound of Imagination , available Febr-March.
Other news'Passion' is up for a release on Vinyl in Belgium, a hot dance label is interested in releasing it with some extra mixes!
Besides building the basis for the upcoming release(s), Leee is working on different projects , among which a jazz release;
also some interesting collaborations have finalized, no details yet;
gigs are being ordered , we are still waiting confirmation for a show in Birmingham on 31st january
Website'In review' page is being updated, some more pictures from the gig in Germany (11th January) will be put online
first exclusive cd's have been sent out , we are currently negociating with a big company to set up 'credit card facility'!- -'Photogalleries', Discography' & 'Biography' will get an update and a new 'frontpage' is being designed
Last but not least : a special page with audio files is comin' and 'reviews' of the exclusive cds!!
Keeep on movin!!!!
SHAKATAK & LEEE JOHNLeee and Bill Sharpe have worked together on a couple of tracks, among which , 'Fool in love' which will be put on Shakatak's forthcoming album , to be released spring 2003, Japan. We will inform you in time when the album will be available. The track is a jazzy soulful tune, Leee first recorded last year as a solo effort but now he has re-recorded the track in the studio with Jill , lead singer of Shakatak. So, on the album will be the 'duet version'. No confirmation on what's going to happen with 'Angel (I'll be there)'.
THE FASCINATION & DANCE VAULT CLASSICS EXCLUSIVE CD'sOn sale via the website are these exclusive cds that were recorded by Leee himself , winter 2002.
On the 'Fascination' cd you will hear the original masters the way they should have been released BUT where not! The album has thirteen tracks , eleven + 2 extra mixes. The 'Dance Vault Classics' is a cd with rare and often unreleased mixes from grooves that Leee worked on in the nineties. The cd has THIRTEEN TRACKS , the different songs are put on the back sleeve but it is worth noting that some of the songs will come in different versions among which 'Pearls'....all tracks have been mixed so that really makes it a party cd. A special feature page (WITH AUDIO FILES) will be put online so you can have a listen before you order! IMPORTANT : it also features a song Leee did in 2001 and was announced but never came out : 'Could have been you' (with L. Fontana)!!!
LEEE/IMAGINATION in Germany - GummersbachA jolly good time was had on Saturday, 11th January in Gummersbach, Germany where Leee and his feline dancers gave a posh show for a VIP happening organised by local TV station and with a lot of german personalities enjoying the champagne and other bubbles!! Check some hot shots from the gig in the 'Review' page.
The year has just started and Leee has received very positive news in Switzerland where he was invited by a record company to spend some time off in the mountains, let's wait and see but it looks very promising as they say. We will be revamping the site as we go along and have prepared some interesting things , so keep an eye on the site. For those of you who like to have/read everything check out the biography of L. Allen Jones on Freddie Mercury where Leee is featured in one of the chapters.
All collaborators of this website wish Imagination & Leee John fans a GREAT supergroovalistical 2003!!
IMPORTANTFinally, after a decade, Imagination's penultimate effort 'the Fascination of the Physical' is finally available. Those of you who have the version that was released in Europe in 92 (Indisc, New Music, RCA Victor (Jap), will be over the moon to finally hear the Master Edition.
The story behind 'Fascination' :
In 91 'a version' of the album was hastily sent to different distribution companies all over Europe as the recording company wanted a 'quick' release. At the time, Leee had finalized the 'definite' version which 'should' have been put on the album. Before they could intervene the 'draft' version was in the shops. When listening to the version of 92 you cannot help noticing the uneven sound quality of some of the tracks ('best of my life' being the worst). Also Leee's versions are musically of superior quality and the sound is wicked. This album was the last album in which Ashley Ingram was involved, in fact Ashley hardly worked on the album. During the couple of years preceding the release, Ashley was busy working on the first album of Des'ree and apart from co-writing a couple of tracks, the album is mainly the work of Leee & a posse of new collaborators among which Adam Pendse (whose first collaboration with Imagination had been 'Give into Love') , Toby Baker, Rod Gammons, Dee Vaz, Will Mowat , member Peter Royer & Junior 'Mama used to say' Grisombe,.... In the spring of 91 Ashley left Imagination and Nat Augustin (of 'Light of the World') came on board. The version for sale EXCLUSIVELY via the Website has the original Master tracks : apart from 'the night we loved' the versions you will hear are quiet different to the released ones. Some of the entries are a far cry from the 92 edition : check out 'best of my life', 'I like it', 'Work',.. the song 'Alone again', not on the european releases, is the closing track in yet a different version than the one on the Japanese release! Enjoy!
NEW CD : Leee John Dance Vault (unreleased, undiscovered)
Leee has decided to put some rare grooves, unreleased mixes of some of the songs he wrote in the nineties for sale. This cd will come in an original cover. If everything goes according to plan another cd with even 'rarer' and 'older' stuff on will be for sale , Leee walking down Memory Lane(!)
Keeep on Movin'!