Australian born singer-songwriter Lee Coulter sheds a little light on imposter syndrome, and reveals why he felt compelled to create a song for healthcare workers during the pandemic.
Lee Coulter is a singer-songwriter, music producer, filmmaker and children’s book author who frequently brings a hopeful perspective to universal themes, which in large part thanks to his multiracial, multicultural and multinational life.
Born in Australia to a Vietnam war veteran father and an Indonesian mother who survived a genocide in her hometown, Coulter grew up unwittingly navigating the contrast between the pleasant suburbs outside of Brisbane, Queensland and the weight of war-inflicted trauma from both sides of the family tree.
He discovered the hope inducing, healing power of music as a pre-teen when he first started harmonising Simon & Garfunkel songs with his guitar-playing older brother, Jono, and has been sharing what he has learned of that power in his own music and writing ever since.
“I was fortunate enough to be pretty young when I discovered my love for music,” remembers Coulter. “I was probably about 11 or 12 years old when I knew I wanted to be a musician. At the time, I was being told that that's really rare! I was singing Simon & Garfunkel and The Beatles when I was a preteen with my brother. He played guitar, I played bass, and we sang all the songs together for our family members at any get-togethers.”
In the coming years, Coulter would go on to be influenced by everything from acoustic folk, to 60s and 70s music, hip hop, R&B, soul and Motown.
“In my late teens and into my 20s I found my overall sound, which I'd say is as an acoustic singer songwriter mixed with a little bit of soul – just being a bit more rhythmic,” he clarifies. “That's why Paul Simon is one of my favourites – he's got the singer-songwriter vibe, and it's got the rhythmic tangible stuff, too. So that describes my sound. I'm 15 years into my career and still working on the elevator pitch,” he chuckles.
For the last 15 years, Coulter has been living in San Diego where he’s been honing his talent as an original singer songwriter writing, recording and promoting his music as a self-managed, self-contained business – which has included a #1 single on Itunes in Australia and New Zealand and opening for notable acts like Chuck Berry, Tom Jones, Griffin House and Martin Sexton.
“I moved to the United States when I was 23 years old. I'm now 39. Most of my music career, I was already writing songs in Australia: I played in my bedroom and recorded in my bedroom. But I wasn't really a gigging musician in Australia, I thought I was just gonna be a writer and a producer for other people. I started doing that for R&B artists in Australia on a small scale. Soon after that I moved to the United States where I started playing open mics and doing the gigs, where I felt like a gigging musician that was paying my dues. So all of my hardships and my musical hardships are in the United States!” he realises.