Hot on the heels of the release of his latest album “Take Me As I Am” and a sell-out show at the Parc and Dare Theatre, Rhondda, Welsh performer, singer and now songwriter Lee Gilbert has a brand new single waiting to be embraced by the listeners entitled:
This emotional, multi-layered Pop song was co-written between Lee and a new international songwriting collaboration called The Grand Cru! The Grand Cru includes… ex Jesus Christ Superstar lead, Steve Balsamo (who’s written for Slash, Meatloaf, Cliff Richard) and ex-member of The Story’ s and Balsamo/Deighton. Also on ‘The Cru’ is multi-award-winning Welsh singer/songwriter Darren Parry, who’s a former UK Songwriting Contest winner, Billboard, Unisong, ISSA, and USA Song Of The Year award winner (who’s co-written with The Korgis, Dan and Laura Curtis and others). Darren also wrote the title track (Take Me As I Am) of Lee’s new album. In addition, the fourth member of ‘The Cru’ is Florida-based Bonnie Skop, whose family has a long history in music; including her Dad managing Ted Nugent and Bob Seger in their early days! The Grand Cru gets their name from the French words… meaning “a wine of the most superior grade”. These songwriters are certainly that!
As for Lee… he needs no introduction to the Welsh music scene! He is an acclaimed singer /actor. His 25 yr career has spanned Theatre, Radio and TV work which runs alongside his music career. As an actor, Lee has performed in Musicals, dramas and Comedies, with credits available via Spotlight. As a singer, he has produced two other studio albums, ”Just One Voice” and “All of Me”.
This collaboration between three great Welsh singers and songwriters and their American contingent has them manifest a soulful, contemporary Pop song that sees Lee really showcase his vocal range. Lee says… “Steve, Darren, Bonnie, and I have written several songs during lockdown over the last year or so and we wanted this song to have a universal message”. If “Soldier On” was a wine it would be balanced and earthy, with grapes grown in Wales but with a touch of American and Austrian spice for good measure!
“Soldier On” is out everywhere on May 1st 2022.
It is available for Pre-Save and Pre-Order NOW (see video description)