Spotlight on Tony Lee

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with Janne GuitarGirl

Born in Auckland, Tony Lee remembers when he and his sister used to sing along while his mother played piano. He also had a few piano lessons when he was seven.

He learned to play the clarinet, and then switched to guitar when he was around 20, as it was an easier instrument to sing along to.

Tony was lead singer in a rock/punk band called Ward 19 for about six years, and even though he took a break, he continued to write songs. He spent two years recording his first album, Road Less Travelled,

which was released in January 2016.

This album has since directed him to the alternative country rock genre and allowed him to find his forte. His second album, released in June 2018 and titled So Far From The Truth, has been getting airplay in Australia.

He performed last Thursday on TV3 show The Cafe, and played live on Radio NZ on the late lunch show.

Tony has made a music video for his single All That A Man Can Do, which was nominated at the Limelight Festival in London last year. It was one of four nominated in the music video category.

He will be performing at the Rising Tide in Mount Maunganui on July 29, from 1pm. 

Tony’s upcoming tour dates include Nirvara Lounge in Hamilton on July 27, the Morrinsville Roadhouse on August 10 and Katikati on September 22 at BnB for Bands. He’ll also play The Rocker Box in Thames on October 26. After his NZ tour, Tony will be playing at the Tamworth Festival in Australia next January.



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