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William Hanford Lee Jr. is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, composer and producer with film and television credits such as "Walk The Line" "Burn Notice", "The Bernie Mac Show" and "The Taking Of Pelham 123." He's performed with music legends such as Gladys Knight and James Brown, and his voice and music has been featured in numerous advertising campaigns for Old Navy, Dodge Ram Trucks, Tobasco and many others. He's also known for his work writing and producing with 3-time Grammy nominee Leona Lewis. Lee has also been managing the career of actress/comedienne Luenell since 2004 helping to shape her into one of the hottest stars in comedy.
Under the band name PapaLee, Lee released a critically acclaimed album of original music entitled SOULvival. In addition to music and artist development Lee recently started doing some screenwriting and directing as well - developing a couple sitcoms and talk/reality projects. His teleplay "Loving Luenell" was a finalist in last year's Urbanworld Film Festival in New York.
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Interview with William Hanford Lee Jr.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do vocal session work and songwriting and production. Specialty is soul and classic r&b and hip-hop with some decent rock/folk chops. I work everyday and do about 350 JINGLES a year!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Pharrell, The Smeezingtons, Rick Rubin, Mike Will Made It, Dre.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: LA: Mac w/ProTools HD, Reason 9, AKG, Sennheiser, RODE, Oktava mics, Digi 002, DBX compressors, BBX and Beringer tube pre-amps.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: FAST! I compose on either guitar or piano, open a template and build a track!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring versatility and experience. I composed for film and tv for a lot of years, so I'm really flexible musically.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think my songwriting is excellent.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I do commercial music, soul and pop.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 30 years of songwriting and production experience!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic guitar, laptop, mic, and I'm GOOD!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: KNOW what you want.. If you can communicate it, I can help create it!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What sound are you looking for? What sound do you really LIKE? Who is your target audience? What is the deadline?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That just ANYONE can do it.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you do it for THIS much? Answer is usually NO! LOL
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Something different EVERY day!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to do my VERY best!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: All digital recording, but REAL live musicianship!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Probably! I haven't found them yet though.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I've got about 6 jingles, a few hip-hop soundalikes, a comedy cd, and a song for a mall in Dubai in my inbox
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm especially proud of my solo EP and the song "Let's Move" I did with the Transcenders for the Garfield 2 soundtrack.