Barbara Lee George (New York, NY) is a singer/songwriter whose voice and compositions appeal to a broad audience; from jazz, latin, folk, rock, country, hip hop, symphonic to lullaby. Barbara and her band will take you for a heart-felt and mind expanding ride that will leave you better for having made the journey. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, the youngest of three children. Barbara's parents, Margo and Frank George, met in a music store.
Barbara Lee George began her musical career playing rhythm guitar and singing harmony vocals with Bob McKay, Gary Gogerty, Sam Favata and The Bush Brothers (Gary & Roger Terbush), covering such bands as the Eagles, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jackson Brown, Pure Prairie League.
Barbara was then asked by Elliot Lloyd to join his band, The Little Elliot Lloyd Band which during Barbara’s time, warmed up for Sam and Dave, Dr. John and Foghat at The Last Chance in Poughkeepsie . On 2/15/15, more than 20 years after his passing, Little Elliot Lloyd was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
Barbara later formed her own band to cover her original songs and played to sold out venues in New York’s Hudson Valley region eventually migrating to Manhattan where they got the attention of every major label; Columbia, Arista, Universal, Paramount and Sony. But when Barbara was offered the opportunity to work with world class producer, Thomas Jefferson Kaye, for a newly formed label, Hudson Canyon Records, who also touted distribution with Universal. This sounded like a dream come true and so she signed. Unbeknownst to Tommy Kaye, this indy label was already in financial trouble and three months into their project the recording studio, which had not received any payments, decided to lock up and hold Barbara’s tapes and guitars.
Eventually a year later with a court order Hudson Canyon Records was forced to surrender Barbara’s tapes, guitars and publishing rights.
After this horrific experience Barbara decided it would be wiser to proceed under her own label, Hound and Horse Music/Records with the engineering and production leadership of bassist and long time friend, Even Steven Levee, at his Manhattan i-Potato recording studio.
Six of Barbara’s original tracks were remixed and mastered along with four new cuts.
Barbara Lee George CD now available through Hound & Horse Records.
July 2010, Barbara Lee George and Even Steven Levee, her bassist and musical producer completed their latest CD project "Protected By Love". This CD is simply a work of art - from its completely original 10 tracks of hit, after hit (in every genre) to its stunning original cover art, contributed by the internationally renowned contemporary cubistic artist, Yuroz. Barbara's taste in art is unquestionable and it is apparent that her lifetime’s exposure to brilliant musicianship guided her in forming this group. Barbara's Band is a musical tour de force that begs to be heard live!
Barbara Lee George "Protected By Love"
Barbara Lee George (vocals & guitar),
Even Steven Levee (bass),
Al Orlo (guitar),
Additional musicians include:
Cecil Hooker (violin), Yoshi Kikkawa (cello), Roderick Kohn (sitar/guitar synth, hammond organ), Andy Bigan (drums), Steve Wolf (drums), Phoenix Rivera (drums), Gerardo Velez (percussion), Miguel Valez (percussion), Steve Nichol (piano), Chris Famah Fletcher (Piano), Eric Johnson (piano), David Snider (keys, guitar), Scott Kreitzer (flute), Christian Ravaglioli (oboe, duduk, english horn) and rapper TRP (Gun Hill)
Barbara Lee George, Her music, like her name, embodies a delicate balance of divergent influences. It is a nomenclature of earthly origins with saintly counterparts.
“I have surrounded myself with a band of brilliant musicians; from the Bass Master General, Even Steven Levee, to Guitarist, Al Orlo, which I reveal in featuring. Just listen and you will know they are the best!”
Have you performed in front of an audience?
“Lately I've been recording in the studio. But I look forward to playing live again soon. The larger the audience the more I like it.”
Your musical influences:
“My Father's band was the Birmingham Pop Symphony Orchestra and my Mother hosted a live jazz radio program featuring some of the greatest musicians of the time. So my musical journey was richly blessed with diversity from the first lucky note!”
Her Website: https://barbarageorgemusic.com/
HearNow : https://barbaraleegeorge.hearnow.com/