Ahead of next year’s 40th Anniversary of Leee John of legendary British soul band Imagination, and best-selling live music recording artist, will be celebrating the launch of their 40th Anniversary Tour 2022 with a very special performance planned at the iconic Jamhouse, in Birmingham, as he reflects on a musical career that spans 4 decades.
Leee will be emerging from the recording studio with the release of brand new music, first up with the explosive dance tune ‘It Feels So Good’, an amazing collaboration with legendary NYC DJ/producer/songwriter Victor Simonelli - one of the early pioneers of the unique NYC underground dance music movement that has now become a phenomenon it its own right and religiously followed by the clubbing faithful the world over, co-produced with the production talents of Sam Mack and Kelly Mack.
‘It Feels So Good’ is a powerful song, which embraces the power of freedom amid these unsettling times as the planet slowly starts to emerge out of this word wide covid pandemic. Release date: Nov 5, 2021 and available across all good digital stores (Beatport, I Tunes, Spotify, Amazon, Leee John Website, etc.) and Band camp, December 2021.
Next up is a beautiful rendition of the classic Stylistics song ‘Betcha By Golly Wow’ performed by Leee and taken from the ‘Re-Discovered’ album project with includes alongside a host of iconic 1980’s artists including Junior, Kiki Dee, Kym Mazell, Sinitta and Owen Paul, who join forces to re-imagine their favourite tracks of all time in one mighty album of musical re-discovery, as they celebrate both the single and album format.
To quote Leee; “I chose this stunning song because it’s beautiful melody which stands the test of time. Sit back let’s remember together the good times, the loving times. Peace love & light!” ‘Re-Discovered’ was released on Right Track/Universal Music and is available to purchase on Amazon, as well as all good digital stores.
With record sales in excess of over 30 million albums the incomparable Leee John and his group Imagination released and successfully had so many amazing classic hits singles and platinum, gold and silver albums with songs such as ‘Just An Illusion’, ‘Music and Lights’ ‘Changes’ ‘Flashback’ ‘In The Heat of the Night’ and many more securing Imagination’s with their perfect Brit Soul/Jazz/Funk songs establishing their position as essential 80's crossover hit-makers and an influence for future generations in the music industry.
Even today the story of Imagination’s music continues in the form of a long list of samples, remixes and adaptations by major contemporary stars. Such as the The Pharcyde, Dimitri from Paris, Destiny’s Child (Complete with Beyoncé) sampled ‘Just An Illusion’ on their 1998 self-titled debut album produced by Wyclef Jean, with Leee himself featured on DJ Dero’s 2005 rendition of the song which was widely played in clubs. Also, let’s not forget America superstar Maria Carey recorded version of ‘Illusion’ on her top ten single ‘Get Your Number.’ Furthermore, we see Flashback being sampled by Boards of Canada, Music & Lights by Tiger & Woods. All Night Loving’ by 88 Keys featuring Kanye West.
It’s fair to say founding member, lead singer and songwriter Leee John is one of the hardest working men in music, continuously touring Internationally both as Leee John of Imagination and as Leee John in his ever-popular solo performances showing his ongoing diversity across multi genres from embracing the pop stream genre as well as his more classic presentation into the jazz world, none better reflecting this than with the release of his last critically acclaimed solo album ‘Feel My Soul.’
Leee will be performing at the Jamhouse, Birmingham, on Thursday 11th November, 2021.