Red Hen Christian Country artist, Michael Lee Stancil of Trion, Georgia, has come full circle back to his roots in gospel music. Upon hearing Michael Lee’s self-titled debut CD, Ed Leonard, President of Daywind/Red Hen/Vital Records, stated, “That’s a voice that could launch a label!” Red Hen A & R Director and Producer, Rick Schweinsberg adds, “I knew when we went into the recording studio with Michael Lee, we had something very special. At the end of the session, everyone involved was convinced that radio would love this project and the uniqueness of his voice.”
Michael Lee is presently preparing for the recording of a live video at Nashville’s renowned Bluebird Café. He is also making special appearances at radio stations to promote the CD.
Coming from a very musical family, Michael Lee began singing in church at the age of 14. In high school, he began performing country music in nightclubs, though he was too young to be served there. He started writing original material and in 2004, met another singer/songwriter forming the country duo “Buck and Duke.” The duo caught the attention of Grammy Award winning producer Wilbur C. Rimes, who helped them record their first project and presented them to major labels in Nashville. Warner Brothers executive Bob Saporitti supported them in recording a second project. With all that he had worked for within reach, Michael Lee sensed a void in his life. Something was missing.
He went to church with his wife and children when he was not on the road. Though he continued to perform in nightclubs, he felt a still small voice telling him that was not where he belonged. It became harder and harder to portray the image of someone else, when God was changing him on the inside. Finally, he knew he had to talk to his partner Duke and tell him that he could no longer live that lifestyle. Little did he know that God had already spoken to Duke as well. His partner surprised him by totally supporting his decision to leave the career they were building together and return to the music he had begun to sing at the age of 14. He now sings and speaks in churches and other venues everywhere, sharing what God has done for him, while using his rich country voice to win souls instead of fame.