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This charismatic musician, who grew up on the streets and in the clubs of European metropolises in search of his true love –” The Blues” – has in his long career worked with many famous musicians, from the saxophone player James Thompson (Zucchero, Jestofunk), British slide guitarist Michael Messer, to Fabrizia Cerciello (today Laure Pausini’s head manager), who wrote some of the lyrics for his songs.
When the British slide guitarist Michael Messer met Tony Lee King at the Kastav Blues Festival, he was so inspired that he proposed that they work together and invited Tony to London, to record an album in one of the best studios, with handpicked professionals of the music business.
After representing Croatia at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and the enthusiastic reaction of the American audience, Tony headed to London, where he worked on an album with a group of top British musicians, who lived their music and worked with the biggest names of today’s music scene. Thrilled by the music and the message of the songs, they participated in creating the Redemption album with full commitment, which clearly comes across when one listens to the music.
REDEMPTION- The album
His fifth musical accomplishment, the Redemption album, features the sounds of blues and soul performed by Tony Lee King as you have never heard before. One could write a book about the global musical influences that shaped both him and his life story. All the way back in 2000, when Tony Lee King was the star of the B.P. Club and had just published his first studio album “All Alone”, recorded in London, the late Dražen Vrdoljak, eminent Croatian rock critic, dubbed him “the Croatian spokesman for blues”.
Croatian musician and artist, born in Dalmatinska Zagora and raised in Paris, surrounded by Parisian intellectuals, brings a new sound onto the Croatian music scene.
The album was recorded in October of 2016, in London’s Leif Storm Studio, produced by Richard Causon, a top studio musician who worked with Ethan Johns, Tom Jones, Kings Of Lion and other famous artists. Apart from Tony Lee King (guitar and vocals) and the guitar innovator and producer Michael Messer, the album features some of the best British musicians: bass guitarist Matt Round (James Morrison, Robbie Williams), jazz-rock violinist Ric Sanders (Fairport Convention, Soft Machine, Albion Band), fingerstyle guitarist Michael Watts (Too Many People), rhythm guitarist Nicolaj Bloch, drummer Simon Price (Michael Messer), and Lucy Zirins, an up-and-coming English songwriter, who sang all the backing vocals.