The Green Room YXE
Tuesday, 8 p.m.
The Green Room YXE, hosted by Leslie Stanwyck and Johnny Sinclair is a weekly look at Saskatoon’s music scene. Every week, Johnny and Leslie will get you up to speed on what’s happening. Must watch TV for anybody who loves music!
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About Leslie Stanwyck and Johnny Sinclair
Johnny and Leslie met while playing in the legendary pop rock band, The Pursuit of Happiness. They recorded 1988’s album Love Junk and 1990’s album One Sided Story with Todd Rundgren in Woodstock, NY. The band travelled across Europe opening for the Eurythmics. They also opened for Duran Duran on a US Tour.
Johnny and Leslie left TPOH in 1990 and formed Universal Honey. Their debut album "Magic Basement" came out in 1994 and received rave reviews. The singles "Just Before Mary Goes" and "Upfront with You" broke out on to the air waves getting college, alternative and rock radio support in Canada and the U.S. Universal Honey also won a CASBY award for Best New Group. During this time Johnny and Leslie started making headway as credible song writers by having songs from their first album, that they also co-produced, winning spots in television shows and movies.
In 1996, after touring the success of "Magic Basement", Johnny and Leslie took time to go back to the studio to record and produce their second album "Earth Moon Transit". This album spawned another set of solid tracks that received glowing reviews and again received airplay in both the U.S. and Canada. The single "Any Road Back", gained them even more recognition at radio stations across the U.S. Videos were also featured on MTV's 120 Minutes and on MuchMusic. The single "Make My Mind" was added to MTV's M2 and MuchMusic. They began touring again which included US radio festivals and then a very lengthy and effective tour across the U.S. with the Goo Goo Dolls, where in one year they performed over 250 shows, 100 of those were opening for the Goo Goo Dolls.
In 1999, Johnny and Leslie recorded their third album, the self-titled, "Universal Honey" and again tested their producing abilities. The single "Hit the Ground Running" was added to MuchMoreMusic and used in the series Grosse Pointe. More and more TV spots began to materialize.
They next experimented with moods on their album "Fearless" and they acquired the production talents of Dale Penner (Nickelback, Holly MacNarland). The single "Think you Know", received air play in pockets across North America and was on the CHUM-FM (Toronto) Top 100 songs for 2002.
During this time, Johnny and Leslie began assembling their own recording studio, and in 2002, with what they had learned over the years, recorded and released their fifth album "Invincible". Several of their songs during this time were used in the Rosanna Arquette documentary "Searching for Debra Winger" (Selma Hayek, Melanie Griffith, Jane Fonda, Sharon Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow), which premiered at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and is in regular rotation on cable channels worldwide.
In 2003, Johnny and Leslie recorded and released a Christmas Album with 12 original tunes. The album, "Can’t Stop Thinking About Christmas", received and is still receiving rave reviews worldwide. The album is upbeat, fun and calls upon many fellow musicians, with guest appearances from Ron Sexsmith , Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies) and more. Four songs from this album charted on the BDS airplay chart in Canada. The CD has grabbed attention and garnered radio airplay in the US, Canada and Europe. In 2010, Ronnie Spector, Rock n Roll Hall of Famer, covered the title track “Best Christmas Ever”.
In 2004, Johnny and Leslie, adding Darrin Pfeiffer of Goldfinger fame on Drums to the mix, recorded, produced and released “Vicious Circles”. An excellent review from USA Today music editor and reviewer Ken Barnes is just one of many. The comparisons to super groups such as Fleetwood Mac and The Pretenders show the mass appeal of this duo. Television shows and movies continue finding spots for their music. Throughout their career as song writers they have always managed to get their songs played on radio.
In 2006, when their son was born, they took a step back from touring and decided to stay closer to home. That same year Leslie was chosen to contribute a track to “Women & Song: Volume 10”, which was also produced and recorded in their studio. In 2007, Leslie lent her voice to the movie-score of “The Stone Angel”. Leslie’s vocal tracks were recorded in their home studio. The score won a Genie Award for Best Music Score.
In 2010, the duo then decided to take the huge step toward a quieter life and moved to Saskatoon, SK. For fun, in 2011, they released a funky electronica project called The BOD with Dan Marfisi (Poe), which continues to top N1M’s charts.
To keep their chops up, Johnny and Leslie started playing in local clubs as an acoustic duo.
A few years later, Tucker Lane was born out of this union, and in 2015, they released Tucker Lane’s debut album, “West of Minnesota, North of North Dakota”, produced by the band.
Tucker Lane was nominated in 2018 as Best Group at the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards (SCMA).
Johnny and Leslie are also both members of the SCMA and volunteer their time to the music community whether it be in the form of planning and working on events or mentoring Saskatchewan artists.
This year Johnny and Leslie also launched their indie label and production house Honeytunes. They have produced and recorded a tracks for several upcoming Saskatchewan artists with Tucker Lane as the backing band. This year Honeytunes acquired the rights to release all seven Universal Honey albums to streaming platforms as most of the recordings have never been released to this format.
Johnny and Leslie are excited about creating new music and have just released Tucker Lane’s second album, Random Fireworks On Beach Obscured by Trees.