Lester

Portrait of Lester

Hailing from Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek, Rocky Bay Reserve, brothers Freddie Jo and Adrian are Lester.

Their father, George Lester, a respected member of the community who served as a member of the council of the band, along with their mother, Linda Lester, a devoted house wife and mom, instilled in the boys a hard work ethic and the respect of life. Growing up on the small reservation near Rocky Bay, Ontario, the boys received their primary schooling. As young boys, they were encouraged by their Nokookum (Grandma) to sing in front of others at the local powpows.

Strong country roots were established while listening with their Dad to such artists as Merle Haggard, George Jones, Ronnie Milsap and the Bellamy Brothers. During their teens, when the family moved to BC, they started listing to rock artists such as Elvis, the Rolling Stones, and CCR. To sum it all up, the boys were interested in all types of music.

Freddie Jo and Adrian have always worked side by side, as fishermen as well as building houses, high rises, and yachts. They experienced a unique career as pro wrestlers traveling across Canada, the United States and Germany; Freddie Jo under the name "Texas Outlaw" and Adrian under "Thunder Warrior" or during matches on the reserves "Indian Outlaw" and "Fire Fighter" respectively.

One of the strongest connections between the two is their desire and ability to sing and perform. Country or rock, regardless of what it is they are singing, you hear the smooth, soulful, harmony between the brothers. The boys spent 5 years playing for our veterans in local legions, and numerous festivals such as Ladner May Days, aboriginal functions, and the smaller stages at Cloverdale Rodeo. They were soon nominated for the BC Country Club Act of the Year; Rising Star of the Year; and Group or Duo of the Year. Five more years establishing themselves and they were on the main stage at the Cloverdale Rodeo, opening for Terri Clark, and on the same card as Aaron Lines at Gabby's Country Club. They delighted thousands of new fans during their 6 month contract on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

In preparation of their debut album "Day One", they insisted upon a name that truly portrayed them and how better to do that than by using their surname? Lester! Two big guys with a big sound. It has truly been an exciting journey for them, with many ups and downs along the way. However Freddie Jo and Adrian have never given up, they believe in their music and more importantly, each other.

Lester has established themselves as accomplished artists in British Columbia; they are crowd favorites at Gabby's Country Cabaret in Langley and Cactus Annie's in Merritt. Lester is expanding eastward by storm! They are favorites at the Boomtown Casino in Fort McMurray; are becoming regulars at the Ranchman's in Calgary, Will Bills in Banff and Ralph's Texas Steakhouse in Medicine Hat. Lester blew into Saskatchewan this spring playing the Pump and Northern Lights Casino. During the 2007 CCMA week, Lester blasted the roof off the Pump, Canada's #1 country club of the year in Regina!

Jan. 7th 2008 Lester released "Let Me Love You" to radio. Twenty-four radio stations across Canada have added it to their rotations! "Let Me Love You" has been featured on eight other stations as well. The week of March 31, 2008 "Let Me Love You" reached #10 on the Top 30 Aboriginal Hits on NCI.

Lester is extremely proud of "Day One" and are honoured represent the Aboriginal People.


Ancestries: First Nations
Genre: Country

Albums

Album Cover
Day One