Lee Shanel

Hailed for his rich baritone vocals, Lee Shanel draws upon the profound influences of his studies, his Puerto Rican “Bohemian Latin-Romantica” heritage, the Classical Great Masters, and Retro-Jazz. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

This Bohemian Latin-Romantic balladeer got his start performing at a young age, touring through houses of worship in the tropics. At the age of 12, Lee Shanel started strumming the guitar in his birth city of Ponce, Puerto Rico under the mentoring of Professor Rafael Moreno. However, it wasn’t until his secondary education when he realized that he wanted to embrace music. “Watching my high-school music teacher, Mrs. Olga Bernal, conduct a one hundred piece chorale through ‘The Hallelujah Chorus’ from Handel’s Messiah, stirred something and I knew music was my calling,” smiles Lee Shanel. The wide-ranging musical milieu of his youth instilled within him a passion for music ranging from church music to classical conducting. In addition to the rich and unique personal experiences, he draws inspiration from iconic musicians spanning multiple genres. He admires the golden baritone voice of gospel minister Wintley Phipps and finds himself immersed in one of the most important Puerto Rican composers of the 20th century, Rafael Hernández Mar�-n. Luther Vandross, Michael McDonald, Frank Sinatra, and Nat “King’ Cole have added additional impressions on his sound cultivating a diverse lineage of musical influence which he expanded through his collegiate study of music. “Lee Shanel's music is definitely in the 'snuggle up close and cuddle' category. Romantic doesn't even begin to describe the sound,” says Paul Moore of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

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(”THE TENNESSEEAN” - Nashville) AUGUST 11, 2011. Meet Lee Shanel, a local entertainer originally from Puerto Rico, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 11 at his CD release party at LIMELIGHT, 201 Woodland St. in Nashville, across the street from LP Field. Shanel, who lives in Brentwood, will showcase music from his latest CD of popular Big Band standards. He will also share some of his musical heritage as he interprets various melodies in his “Bohemian Latin Romantic” style. Shanel will be accompanied by a live jazz and swing band. The event will also be filmed for television and future DVD release. ====================================

(From “THE NASHVILLE SCENE” - August 5, 2010) [TROPIC THUNDER] LEE SHANEL The first thing you see when you jump into the Web presence of local Latin crooner Lee Shanel is that his promo photos were definitely not taken at his home in Brentwood - unless of course there's a stretch of sandy, tropical seashore that Williamson County has been holding out on us

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