Lester McLean is a native of Toronto, Ontario and has been active on the city’s busy music scene since the early 90’s. He studied jazz as a saxophonist while earning a BA in Mass Communications and Sociology at York. McLean's first outlet for songwriting was in instrumental funk-fusion band The Colour of Soul, which, under his leadership, recorded and released 3 Independent records in '98, '99, and '02.
In 2003, The Lester McLean Trio was formed, featuring McLean on lead vocals and soprano sax, Juno winner Michael Occhipinti on acoustic guitar, and multi-instrumentalist Louis Simao on upright acoustic bass. The trio released 2 full length CDs in '05 and '11, both discs including originals and covers, many of which were penned by McLean.
McLean expanded his already wide array of talents by taking up congas, djembe, and other percussive instruments which has increased his demand as a freelance artist. He joined tribute band Elton Rohn in 2013 on saxes, percussion, and back vocals, and went on to release albums in '14 and '15, including his 4th solo-album "Steady As She Goes", where, for the first time ever, he played guitar, bass, percussion, and sax in addition to performing all of the vocals.
McLean is also lead singer for Toronto's Grooveyard, an eclectic, high energy band that ranges from classic funk, r&b, and soul, to current pop, reggae, classic rock, jazz, and everything in between.
Throughout his career, McLean has performed with a wide array of Canadian and International artists including, Maestro, jacksoul, Ashley McIsaac, Vinx, Jarvis Church, Colin James, Divine Brown, and Jim Cuddy.