Lee Frappier's songwriting is expressed through roots rock sounds. His music has coincided with over 20 years as a clinical Social Worker. Emotional resonance via music has been a constant source of meaning making in Lee' s world. His first studio album completed in 2017 was co-created and produced as a lead member of The Nickel City Specials titled South of the Watershed - two time CBC Searchlight regional finalists.
His musical mission continues, currently working on his first solo project titled Headwaters. His latest project springboards from Canadiana themes in South of the Watershed; and launches into specific Canadian settler themes of identity as place. Frappier has spent the majority of his life as a non-indigenous person married into indigenous community. He has had a life long commitment towards de-colonizing practices as a lens brought to his professional mental health work. Juxtaposing these narrative practices to his songwriting, the result is music as story that allows transport for the listener. As with the tracks Headwaters, Rusted Creek and Shadow on My Shoulder, the duality of Canadian identities is explored. Aside from the tensions of environment and industry, the project also has a lighter side. We hear songs such as Township Row, Providence and Crow's Nest, grounded in Lee's upbringing in a fringe farming community at the edge of the Sudbury district.