Amos Lee is true to his song

  • Amos Lee (born Ryan Anthony Massaro; June 22, 1977) is a singer-songwriter whose musical style encompasses folk, rock and soul. He was born in Philadelphia. Lee's "folksy, bluesy sound" has been compared to that of John Prine and Norah Jones. (Photo: Harper Smith)

Singer-songwriter Amos Lee has reached a sweet spot in his career. At 37, he has a decade of professional recording and performing behind him now and has found his own distinct voice, both as a writer and as a singer.

Mixing a wide variety of musical styles, Lee’s songs are direct and powerful, with vivid lyrical imagery.

Lee and his band will perform Sunday in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, drawing material from his five albums, including the most recent one, last year’s “Mountains of Spring, Rivers of Song.”

He recorded the album in Nashville, but his home base is still Philadelphia, where he was born. Before launching his full-time musical career, Lee worked as a second-grade teacher and as a bartender. His big break came in 2004, when singer Norah Jones enlisted him as the opening act for her concert tour.

Lee recently took a few moments away from touring for an interview by email, sharing his thoughts about songwriting, performing, recording and touring.

Q: Your current tour schedule shows you on the road through mid-October, ending in Dallas. How much of the year do you tour?

A: We’ve been out supporting the new record for almost a year now. It’s been a great ride and we’re very thankful for everyone who’s come out to support us.

Q: How important is live performance to you?

A: It’s very important. I love getting out and playing these songs for everyone and feeling what my fans give back. It’s a beautiful thing.

Q: You’ve said you used to write songs on the road more than you do now. Do you take blocks of time off from touring and recording to write songs?

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