Over the past three decades multi award winning British soul group Imagination have brought us such classic hits such as “Body Talk, Just An illusion , Music and Lights and Changes” which helped secure Imagination’s power and dominance over the charts in the 1980’s with their genre defying music not only in the UK but across the world with sales in excess of over 30 million albums thus Imagination presented perfect Brit Jazz/Funk songs and establishing their position as essential 80’s crossover soul-dance hit-makers and influencers for future generations of pop stars.
Even today the story of Imagination’s music continues in the form of a long list of samples, remixes and adaptations by major contemporary stars. Destiny’s Child (complete with Beyoncé) sampled Just An illusion on their 1998 self-titled debut album. Leee himself featured on DJ Dero’s 2005 rendition of the song which was widely played in clubs. The same year saw Mariah Carey reuse the track on her top ten single “Get Your Number”. Flashback was sampled by Boards of Canada, Music & Lights by Tiger & Woods. All Night Loving by 88 Keys featuring Kanye West!
Founding member Leee John is one of the hardest working men in music, touring internationally both as Imagination and as Leee John in his ever popular solo performances showing his continuous diversity across multi genres from the pop stream as well as his more classic presentation in the jazz world, none better reflecting this than with the release of his last solo album a few years ago the critically acclaimed “Feel My Soul”.
In addition and outside of his solo work Leee has also been extensively involved in an exciting new project as one of the key singer/songwriters performing with “The British Collective” which brings together five of the UK’s finest ever male R&B artists, Junior Giscombe, Leee John, Omar, Don-E and Noel Mckoy. Having sold millions of records world-wide over a period spanning three decades as artists, songwriters and musicians, “The British Collective” will look to raise the platform of British R&B to a new level delivering a new era of quality soulful music on a global scale.
Furthermore, he is currently producing and directing ”Flashback” a film of the history of British black music for which more than 100 interviews are already in the can, including Beverley Knight, Eddy Grant, Trevor Nelson, Omar, Geno Washington, Shalamar’s Jeffrey Daniels, Boney M’s Bobby Farrell and Ruby Turner and with invitations to screen at Int TV/Film Festivals already underway 2015/16 certainly looks to be a very busy time for Leee in the making.
Writer, singer, producer and director, Leee John certainly likes keep to be recognised as an accomplished artist and is continuously forever challenging his own personnel growth and who is currently in the studio putting the final finishing touches on his long awaited brand new solo album “Utopia”.