It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write this message to all of you.
Russell Lee has tragically passed away in a vehicle accident.
Russell was and still is, one of the most humble artists I have ever met. His constant gratitude for life, for music, for his family, his fans, and his bandmates was an inspiration to all of us lucky enough to get to know him personally.
He was a man of strong unwavering faith in life itself, in God, in love, and in music, and he could not have put more of himself into the creation of his music and his dedication to the pursuit of sharing that music with all of you.
He loved playing live more than anything, and whether it was the main stage at Dauphin Country Coutryfest or a small restaurant down the road, Russell played with the same appreciation and respect for his audience. He always maintained that humble gratitude for the gift of his music and his ability to share it.
Russell and I have worked together for many years. We shared those career highlights of his, and he was always selling me on how much he appreciated his bandmates and those involved with the recording of his music, he never stopped celebrating others and the joy they brought into his life.
“Russell, my friend. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us, and thank you for just being you. I am going to miss our talks, but I still have your music, and we are all thankful for that joyous gift.”