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Shawn Lee
Birth name Shawn Lee
Born Wichita, Kansas, USA
Genres Funk, soul, psychedelic, jazz, acid jazz, jazz fusion, electronica, ambient, alternative
Occupations Musician
Labels Ubiquity Records, Wall of Sound
Associated acts Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra

Shawn Lee is an American musician and multi-instrumentalist from Wichita, Kansas.



He has relocated twice in pursuit of his career. He moved to Los Angeles in 1988 where he worked with The Dust Brothers and Jeff Buckley. After being in various bands, performing on The Tonight Show, a publishing deal with EMI and touring on Lollapolooza, Lee moved to London, England. There he signed a solo record deal with influential DJ Gilles Peterson's Talkin' Loud.

This resulted in an album Discomfort which was only promo released in France 1996. In 2000, Lee released "Monkey Boy" on Wall of Sound Records. The album included Lee's song "Happiness", which was later recorded by million selling British artist Will Young.

The year of 2004 saw the release the album Soul Visa, in Japan only, on Rush Production!. Soul Visa was later released in 2006 worldwide under the BBE label. The album Harmonium was released in 2005 in Japan, again under Rush Production!.

As Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, Lee has released 10 albums on US label Ubiquity Records : Music and Rhythm, Moods and Grooves, Strings and Things, Voices and Choices, Hits the Hits, A Very Ping Pong Xmas, Miles of Styles" , "Under The Sun" film soundtrack,"Clutch of the Tiger" with Clutchy Hopkins and Shawn Lee presents Soul in the Hole". "" Lee's music has appeared in many films such as Ocean's Thirteen and The Break Up,"Confessions of a Shopaholic" as well as on television series, such as CSI Miami, Lost, Desperate Housewives,"Nip Tuck " and Ugly Betty, and Eastbound and Down and the Mack Dawg Productions snowboard movie Picture This. Shawn Lee also scored the Rockstar Games video game Bully in 2006. He was twice nominated for best score, winning once. He composed some pieces for The Getaway before working on Bully's score.

Lee also scored UK/Swiss feature film Save Angel Hope, which is yet to be released. The 2008 surf documentary film Under The Sun also features an original Shawn Lee soundtrack released on Ubiquity Records. In 2009, his song "Kiss the Sky" with Nino Moschello was featured on the first season finale of the HBO comedy Eastbound & Down, as well in the penultimate episode of the fifth season of Nip/Tuck.

Shawn continues to live in London working on an array of new albums in his studio "Trans-Yank". These include collaborations with Clutchy Hopkins, Tony Joe White ,Darondo, Money Mark and Tommy Guerrero. He also frequently performs with London-based electronica band Psapp, both on record and at live engagements.




Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra

Video game soundtrack


  • Miles of Smiles (Ubiquity Records)
  • Kiss the Sky (Ubiquity Records)
  • Psychedelic Sambai (Ubiquity Records)
  • Mary Jane (BBE)
  • The Mattress (Eclectic Breaks)
  • So Much Trouble (Scenario)
  • The Incredible Shrinking Man" (Ape City)
  • I can't save you (We Love You/WOS)
  • Kill somebody (We Love You/WOS)
  • Happiness (We Love You/WOS)
  • Unpaid Debt (For Us/Rough Trade)
  • We love Yule (Wall O Sound)
  • Cryin' blue ('til my eyes are red) (Talkin Loud)

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