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Amos Lee

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As one of Rolling Stone’s Top Ten Artists to Watch in 2005, Amos Lee has been called “Norah Jones’ male counterpart” for his use of breezy folk, soul and blues. The 27-year-old has already toured with Jones and Bob Dylan and is getting rave reviews for his self-titled debut album.

After quitting his job as a second grade teacher in Philadelphia, Lee released two EPs and eventually was named “one of the area’s most-talked-about emerging talents” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I started playing open mikes and getting some feedback,” Lee said. “I started feeling a little more confidence. The time between when I stopped teaching and when I got signed was a beautiful, fun time.”

Lee’s first full-length release on Blue Note came out earlier this year to overwhelmingly positive reviews. USA Today wrote that Lee is “artfully walking the line that divides sensitivity from sentimentality.” And Entertainment Weekly said, “This Philly troubadour crafts concise, soulful songs with a warm palette
of acoustic colors. Lee’s laid-bare tunes feel homey, no doubt deepened by his authentic melisma and growing-pained lyrical sense.”

The emotional lyrical honesty has won over both critics and fans, but Lee is most happy that quitting his day job to pursue music full-time has paid off. “I feel like the music I make has a lot of integrity,” Lee said in a recent interview. “It’s an honest record, and that’s all I tried to do. I just want to be a working musician and play songs for crowds of people, because I love playing more than anything.”

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