JARED LEE GOSSELIN
Native to the city of the
revolutionary Motown Records, Jared Lee Gosselin is holding rank in the
Motor Citys musicians Hall of Fame.
With a resume detailing
collaborations with India.Arie, Macy Gray, Floetry, Young Jeezy, Keyshia
Cole, and D-12, to name a few, this super-musician maintains the title
of credible and established producer, while transitioning to the
forefront as an emerging recording artist.
He has recently teamed with hip
hop great, MC Lyte and Grammy Award winning producer/singer/songwriter,
Whitey, as hip hop trio Almost September under SONY Records and released
the groups first self-titled EP.
Somewhat of a born musician, J Lee
took an early lesson at spinning vinyl on his mothers RCA Victor 45
record player at age 5. By 15, he had become a mastered DJ and began
transitioning into audio production. [continued below]....
Disciplined solely by his gifted
ear for sound, a teenage J Lee transformed his Technics SL-1200 into an
instrument in its own right, creatively producing original tracks a
talent that would later land him a Grammy nomination. Its not at all
surprising that Jared sat amongst some of the most elite and well
respected in his field by the time he graduated high school.
Already enrolled part-time at the
Recording Institute of Detroit as a high school senior, he found himself
taking lessons from Motown legendary producers , Barrett Strong and
Robert Bateman (Marvin Gayes I Heard it Through The Grapevine, The
Marvelettes Please Mr. Postman). It was under their mentorship that he
became known as the magic man, a name awarded to him by Strong for
his technical and operational abilities.
Shortly after graduation, Jared
Lee was fully operating two recording studios in Detroit. Engineering
and producing carried the weight of J Lees schedule and his credibility
soon landed him on projects with many local artists. He quickly became a
common entity in the Detroit hip hop scene and added his gifted touch
to several mixtape releases of recognized Detroit based DJs.
Upon his arrival to LA, he
creatively linked with Phillip Whitey White. Sharing a similar path in
music, the two joined together to create Whiteleaf Productions. While
collectively working on projects at the famed Enterprise Studios, the
duo met songwriter/producer Damon Elliott (Kelly Rowland, Mya, Jessica
Simpson, Beyonce) and landed a production deal co-writing and producing
tracks for Shark Tale, 1st Daughter, and Fat Albert.
Now, more than two decades since
he first stood in front of his mothers old record player, Jared Lee
maintains his grasp on audio production and engineering, while
occasionally gracing the DJ scene. His course has taken him into the
studio alongside India Arie (Power of Now theme song for stage
production For Colored Girls Who Consider Suicide), KRS-1 ( 16 17 18),
Joe (New Man) Christina Milian (Gotta Get To You), Nicole Scherzinger,
Corrine Bailey Rae, Cheri Dennis, and Floetry. He has most notably
worked closely with R&B/soul singer, Macy Gray for years.
A key part of her past releases,
Jared Lee is currently in the studio with Gray working on her upcoming
project and is also scheduled to accompany her as traveling DJ on a
future tour. Ironically, it was Macy Gray who introduced him to Almost
September bandmate, MC Lyte.
Jared Lee quickly recalls the
moment a mere introduction transformed into a creative merger, MC Lyte
came to a session Whitey and I were working. She came back to the studio
the next day and we recorded the song "Beautiful". She said she wanted
to start a group with Whitey and me. It took us about a month to decide
if we wanted to start the group.
A fateful connection this was.
While promoting the Almost September project, Jared Lee continues to
build his resume in the music industry. He is working alongside known
DJ, Derek Carter on a house remix version of the Almost September EP
and also laying down production on various projects industry wide.
Despite his intensive work load,
Jared Lee never loses sight of the quality in working his magic. The
Detroit native said it best when summing up his thoughts on his career,
Although I now live in LA, Im extremely proud to say Im from the city
of Motown. Motown was a forward thinking label that went after making
classic hits. LA or Detroit, thats always my goal when making music.