Owen O'Sound Lee
https://youtu.be/bIoY0F9fZ2g
Region: Nova Scotia
Genre: Gospel, Hip Hop, R&B, Soul

Owen ‘O’Sound’ Lee is a musician, songwriter, vocal arranger, and producer from Toronto, Ontario. Owen grew up singing in church, and after studying Vocal Performance Jazz at York University he began pursuing music as a full-time career, and has been making strides ever since.

Owen has shared the stage and collaborated with numerous critically-acclaimed artists such as Mariah Carey, Jordin Sparks, Drake, Jully Black, and Kardinal Offishall to name a few. He also produced an album of his own in 2012 called The Full Sound.

He is the former vocal director/arranger for Divine Worship, under the leadership of Brian Hamilton. During his tenure they recorded two studio albums, I Am A Christian and Chosen - which were both vocally arranged by Owen.

In 2014, Owen extended his musical reach to the east coast of Canada when he relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is currently the Minister of Music at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Upper Hammonds Plains, the Program Coordinator of the African Nova Scotian Music Association (ANSMA), and the former Musical Director of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir (2014-2019). In Nova Scotia, he has collaborated with artists such as Asia & Nu’Gruv, Cyndi Cain, Reeny Smith, Jody Upshaw, Erin Costello and Dutch Robinson, among others. The Nova Scotia Mass Choir’s 2016 Christmas CD Immanuel was produced, co-written, and arranged by Owen.

In 2018, Owen toured with Canadian award-winning rapper Classified for Classified’s Canada Day Tour, and Canadian Classic Tour with Classified, Choclair and Maestro Fresh Wes.

Owen is the recipient of numerous awards and nominations. Most recently, he was nominated for Music Nova Scotia’s 2019 Industry Professional of the Year Award, and the 2019 Bucky Adams Award for the East Coast Music Association. In 2017, he was the recipient of the African Nova Scotia Music Association’s Rising Star Award.

In February 2020 Owen released a single entitled ‘Listen’ for African Heritage Month. The single was presented to the Nova Scotia House Of Assembly by MLA Lisa Roberts, and used as a tool to voice racial discrimination in Nova Scotia.