I first discovered Jakey Lee when he was the frontman for the band Word. His high flying antics and electric performance quickly won a place in my heart, and I have seen him perform multiple times since then. After going through a couple of drummers, Lee has now gone solo, and his debut EP MOVE is definitely worthy of his multitude of talent.
While Lee's music can best be described as power pop/rock, ironically it was heavily influenced by the guitar stylings of Korn. When he was 12, Lee discovered hard rock and heavy metal. Inspired by the band Korn, he traded in his acoustic guitar for an electric Squier, marking the beginning of a long fixation with Fender guitars.
“I also connected with the guys from Korn because they’re from Bakersfield and I’m from a little town up north that no one has ever heard of,” says Lee, who hails from American Canyon in Southern Napa County. “I found their raw power and energy enthralling, and I loved the fact that they made up their own tunings. That’s where I got my guitar style from. To this day, I use the same open tuning they did.”
Playing with Fire and Killing the Devil are reflective of this influence. Both have a driving rock beat with incredible guitar licks. They're the kind of songs you play LOUDLY.
The Moment is more reminiscent of classic rock bands like Edgar Winter, Kansas and Yes. It is lyrically enjoyable to listen to, with its steady rock sound and the vocal dynamics of Lee's unique sound.
Sugar Baby is a fun dance tune that gets you moving. Check out the music video - it will blow your mind!
Bringing the Love is a powerful ballad reminiscent of John Lennon's Imagine, encouraging the listener to bring the love to all the world. The harmonies are incredible, making this my favorite song on the EP.
Lee is definitely a force to be reckoned with. I believe that Lee has a long career ahead of him.