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Meet Alvin Lee

We were lucky to catch up with Alvin Lee recently and have shared our conversation below.

Alvin , appreciate you joining us today. Do you think your parents have had a meaningful impact on you and your journey?

First, my parents was God fearing people and made sure that we all had a spiritual walk in our lives. My father was a ministers, barber and entrepreneur and my mom was a stay at home mom that took care of her kids. I had 8 siblings one including me. My parents was very musically incline and gave us all the opportunity to learn and do music. My father played instruments and was a singer in his own right as well as my mom. Seeing them perform in church and sing around the house really allowed me to be able to know find my gift. This allowed me to be able to know that my calling was in music. So, the one thing I do know what my parents did right was introduce music to me and my siblings at an early age.

Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.

Alvin J. Lee Owner and CEO of BN Touch Entertainment

Alvin Lee was born in Miami, FL, and was raised in a musical family. His father, mother, sisters, and brothers are all accomplished musicians and were an integral part of shaping the vision that Alvin has to spotlight musicians in all genres, but especially those musicians that are working hard to keep the Sacred Steel tradition alive.

His early experience with music started when he was very young and took an interest in the drums. His parents nurtured that interest and ensured that Alvin had lessons on not only the drums but also the guitar, bass, and steel guitar. This music form was totally unknown to the world outside the church until the mid-1990s when folklorist Robert Stone attended House of God services and recorded the music, as well as its history, contributing the name “sacred steel.” A series of compilations featuring artists such as Aubrey Ghent, Calvin Cooke, and the Campbell Brothers, as well as the late Glenn Lee (my brother) followed on the legendary roots label Arhoolie Records, for whom The Lee Boys also record. The music coming from inside the walls of the House of God Church sparked a passion in him as a youngster, and that passion lives on today.

In 2001, Alvin formed The Lee Boys, a true family band and took them out of the church and into the world. The Lee Boys have played to over 100,000 people globally. In 2002, he formed AJ Lee Publishing so he could have control over publishing rights for the 4 albums and over 20+ years of performing for The Lee Boys. He serves as a Sacred Steel Ambassador, introducing fans to this style of music at festivals, Art Centers, and other music venues. Alvin successfully planned the Sacred Steel Summit, one of many that were executed in May 2023 at the Florida Folk Festival.

Alvin Lee and The Lee Boys' many accomplishments include – recipients of the Florida Folk Heritage Award, a long time involvement with youth sports, even forming a flag football league while living in Kissimmee, FL, and playing and winning the Flag Football Super Bowl 3 years in a row! Alvin is particularly passionate about at-risk youth.

Alvin Lee has a Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education, as well as a master’s from Grand Canyon University in Education Leadership. Alvin is an involved and engaged mentor to up-and-coming musicians and youngsters alike. He is approachable, kind, and relates well to all people. In his free time, he enjoys playing his acoustic guitar, racing RC cars, table tennis, and sports. Mr. Lee has the team and the passion to grow his organization, BN Touch Entertainment, to be one of the premiere companies to help the Sacred Steel industry become a household word by making it accessible to all people. He is currently working on collaborations with Melody Trucks as well as testing a Corporate Entertainment.

Is there mission driving your creative journey?

Yes one of my Goals is to spread Joy and Happiness to the world with my music. As well as to spread Sacred Steel Music to everyone that I can. I’m ambassador of this Genre of music and I know the is one of my missions in life. If I can touch just one person with my music (sacred steel) then my Job is done.

What do you find most rewarding about being a creative?

One of the most rewarding aspect of being an artist is to touch people through my music. If I can have people feel the four letter word of L.O.V.E. when they are around me or in my presence then that’s the greatest reward of what I do.

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