AMOS LEE

 

AMOS LEEMISSION BELL DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON THE BILLBOARD ALBUM CHART EARNING SINGER-SONGWRITER HIS HIGHEST DEBUT AND BEST SALES WEEK EVER

 

ALBUM ALSO DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON THE DIGITAL CHART

 

FIRST SINGLE, “WINDOWS ARE ROLLED DOWN,” IS TOP 10 AT AAA RADIO

 

February 2, 2011 — New York, NY — Mission Bell, the fourth album from Blue Note recording artist Amos Lee, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart this week, earning the Philadelphia-born singer-songwriter the  highest chart position and best sales week of his career.

Amos Lee’s Mission Bell first-week total sales of 40,478 represent a personal high for Lee, whose previous high through three albums was 16k.

Mission Bell also debuted at No. 1 on the Digital Albums and No. 2 on the Internet chart after topping both the iTunes and Amazon Top-Selling Albums charts at various points during the past week.

 

The success of Mission Bell has been driven by its first single, “Windows Are Rolled Down,” which is currently No. 9 at AAA radio and has been on the chart for ten weeks with airplay on more than 78 stations, more than any other current single at the format. Lee has also been highly visible on both television and radio, having made recent appearances on The Tonight Show With Jay LenoThe Ellen DeGeneres Show, PBS’s Tavis Smiley, as well as NPR’s “World Café” and “All Things Considered.” He will also perform on The Late Show With David Letterman on February 16 and The Early Show on February 18.

 

Produced by Calexico’s Joey Burns, Mission Bell is Lee’s richest and most fully formed recording to date, displaying an array of emotions unified by his eclectic taste and distinctive vocals. With a remarkable set of guests — including Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam, Priscilla Ahn, Pieta Brown, and James Gadson — and the musical backing of Calexico, the album marks the arrival of Lee as a mature artist who continues to explore his musical and thematic interests.

 

Numerous critics have weighed in on Mission Bell, with rave reviews across the board:

 

“With the musical backing of Calexico, the unique integrity of Lee’s songs is kept intact and dressed with new layers of sonic textures…It’s the new sounds that really give this gentle genius a genuine ‘Bell’ ringer of a fourth album.” —Billboard

 

“Lee’s proving a hard-worked apprenticeship can still put the art in artisan. … His lyrics sweat with detail and nervy experience. … Lee is so commanding that guests Lucinda Williams and Willie Nelson are drawn into top-of-the-range duets and still don’t take over.” — Mojo

 

“Of all the Bill Withers worshipers, none has created a more organic and credible corollary to the original than has Amos Lee on his latest CD. It provides an ideal survey of the nuances of acoustic soul, hitting its ironic mix of earthy and erudite.’” — New York Daily News

 

Mission Bell is a darker turn for Lee, and shows that his artistic arc is still peaking.” — Associated Press

 

Mission Bell is another fine showcase for Lee’s elegant, soothing songwriting. Songs such as ‘Windows Are Rolled Down,’ ‘Stay With Me,’ and ‘Flower’ wrap sterling pop melodies in old-school organ fills and soulful choruses. Meanwhile, guests such as Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams keep a respectful distance, allowing Lee to lavish the dreamy tunes with a sense of heartbreak and poetry that’s unmistakably his own.” — San Francisco Chronicle

 

“Burnt-sugar vocals catch your heart as much as your ears [on ‘Windows Are Rolled Down’]. Backed by open-road roots rock and a slide guitar that howls like a coyote, Lee’s heartbreak feels so big, it could fill the landscape outside your car.” — Marie Claire

 

“Joey Burns and his sun-dazed band Calexico have transported the soul-folk singer/songwriter to a more arid and country-tinged musical geography. Though he hails from Philadelphia, Lee is truly at home in the desert. Lee’s voice has always been his greatest asset and he sounds like a grounded Al Green against the elegant rumba of ‘Hello Again’ and the Staples Singers-sounding ‘Jesus.’”

— Relix 

  

  

  

For Further Information, Please Contact:

Anastasia Saradoc / 416-583-5017 / anastasia.saradoc@emimusic.ca