With a remarkable career spanning over 3 decades and with record sales in excess of over 30 million albums LEEE JOHN and his group IMAGINATION released and successfully had so many amazing classic hits singles and platinum, gold and silver albums such as, Body Talk, Just An illusion, Flashback, Music and Lights and Changes and many more presenting the perfect Brit Soul/Jazz/Funk songs and 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 Pharcyde, DIMITRI from Paris, Destiny’s Child (complete with Beyoncé), Mariah Carey, Boards of Canada, Tiger & Woods and 88 Keys featuring Kanye West to name a few.
It’s fair to say founding member, lead singer and songwriter LEEE JOHN is one of the hardest working men in music, touring internationally both as LEEE JOHN of IMAGINATION and as LEEE JOHN in his ever-popular solo performances showing his continuous diversity across multi genres from the pop stream as well as his more classic presentation in the jazz world, none better reflecting this than with the release of his last critically acclaimed solo album “Feel My Soul”.
With the ever-evolving music industry changes, LEEE JOHN has found his strengths and new challenges working with many different types of record producers, artists, musicians on various projects. Including time in New York with Arthur Baker and the Backbeat Disciples feat LEEE JOHN and Tata Vega, all the way through to Chicago working with Deep House Supremo Byron Stingily from the Legendary group 10 City releasing club classic smash hit “U-Turn Me On”.
LEEE’S latest successful project came with Damon Albarn and the GORRILAZ with hit song collaboration “The Lost Chord“ which has millions of Youtube views already.
LEEE has just written, sang and produced with William Orbit, Jorge Vercillo and Belgium artist Plastic Bertrand.
LEEE JOHN has also worked with the likes of DJ Phantasy, Skibadee, Rolldeep, DJ Destruction, Mary Wilson, Don-E, Jr Giscombe to name just a few.
Over the year’s LEEE JOHN has hosted various number of TV & Radio shows including the very popular late night chat show on ITV’s weekend Night Network with “Leee’s Place”, outside of this he has acted as a space pirate in the monumental classic cult BBC TV series “Dr. Who “and with this now embraces further Film/TV production projects which has become another part of LEEE JOHN’S multi multifaceted creative force.
Having produced and directed 5 documentaries taking him as far away as Zambia , Tunisia, South Africa and France and is currently producing and directing ”Flashback” a Film of the history of British black music for which more than 200 interviews are already in the can, including Beverley Knight, Eddy Grant, Billy Ocean, Maxie jazz of Faithless, Ali Campbell of UB40, Mike Lindup of Level 42 , Trevor Nelson, Omar, Geno Washington, Maxie Priest, Sonique , Hamish Stuart, Courtney Pine, Ruby Turner and more.
More recently, we saw the release of Imagination featuring LEEE JOHN’s penultimate long awaited new album “Retropia” which delivers a distinctive combination of soul, funk , jazz with a classic contemporary retro sound from that back in the day feel, which creates a very special atmospheric sensitivity with mid-tempo grooves and that unmistakable LEEE JOHN vocal sound with famous IMAGINATION harmonies creating a familiar blend of melody which makes you remember each individual song, taking you on a magical musical adventure into the world of “Retropia”. The album scored an incredible 2 x #1 songs in the UK Soul Charts and a #1 spot in the UK Reggae Charts.
LEEE JOHN continues to tour the world and has appeared with many world-renowned artists such as The Jacksons, Earth Wind and Fire, Kool and the Gang, Nile Rogers of Chic, Incognito and Kid Creole and the Coconuts.
Recently LEEE was honoured and given a Lifetime achievement award in the UK and a Humanitarian award in France for his continuous ongoing charity work support in aid of SOS children, a world orphan charity.
Singer, Songwriter, Live Performer, Producer & Director LEEE JOHN continues to challenge his own unique creativity and driving force in its endless boundaries and remains to delight fans around the globe with his timeless classic hits and new music releases.