At a time when most Baby Boomers are looking to retire, David Sherman and Nancy Lee packed up the van and hit the road, touring towns in Ontario to share their love of music — and each other.
A former journalist and editor, Sherman, 62, saw the writing on the wall when newspapers began downsizing and used his love for words to propel him into becoming a successful playwright and a songwriter musician Lee, 55, had been a professional musician songwriter in her early 20s, until settling down to raise a family. But when her husband died a few years ago, she picked up her guitar and began playing in cafes near her home.
That’s when serendipity stepped in — Sherman met Lee one frozen February night two years ago as they shared a bill playing a gig in farm country outside of Montreal.
“I just found her looks and soulful singing mesmerizing,” said Sherman, of the woman with whom he now shares his personal and professional life.
“And I found his songs and voice fascinating,” said Lee.
After exchanging email addresses, they met again, and again, and soon started performing together.
The result has been the creation of Sherman & Lee, a creative, collaborative team where they compose and perform songs of the magic and misery that is love, of disintegrating cities and broken dreams, of lost souls and magic moments.
“One night, at a sold out dinner show in Montreal, Guy Sprung, the artistic director of Infinitheatre where I am the writer-in-residence, suggested Nancy and I string the stories together into a narrative and do a musical theatre piece,” recalls Sherman.
“He called it ‘docutheatre.’”
The idea resonated with the couple; they had come from hard times, they were older and a little wiser and there were stories to tell.
“Mixed with a little fiction, we created Lost and Found,” explains Sherman of the 90-minute musical that will be directed by Guy Sprung and performed in Montreal next winter.
“We were lucky to have some of Montreal’s best musicians — Stephen Barry and Andrew Cowan of the Stephen Barry Blues Band and John McColgan, a former member of the band, a drummer and producer — who workshopped the play in front of an audiences. Lost and Found is the soundtrack CD to the play,” says Sherman.
Lost and Found is available now on CD Baby. A captivating and bluesy blend of folk, roots, country and pop that combines the sweet vocals of Lee and the edgy vocals and soul-touching lyrics of Sherman, creating an original sound that lingers long after the last note.
Whether they perform as a duo or are backed up by some of Montreal’s finest musicians, Sherman & Lee entertain with an entrancing combination of blues, folk, roots, and pop.
Their love is real, their stories are true and audiences are drawn in by their lyrics, their haunting harmonies and the duo’s captivating stage presence. A Sherman & Lee show makes them laugh, makes them cry and makes them come back for more.