Second Cup Café: Amos Lee

Singer-songwriter Amos Lee is known for his special blend of soul and folk music. Not surprising for a young artist whose influences range from soul legend Bill Withers to folk artist John Prine.

He visits Second Cup Café to play songs from his new album, "Supply and Demand."

Lee has been playing guitar and crafting songs since his college days in the late 1990s. The Philadelphia native taught elementary school after graduation, but his passion for music took him in another direction.

He eventually quit his teaching job and began pursuing music full time, while tending bar to make ends meet.

Lee played the local club circuit and eventually released two EPs (an album with fewer songs than usual.)

He got his chance to be heard by a wider audience in 2004, when singer Norah Jones invited him to open for her on her European tour. He went on the road and ended up staying with Jones for the U.S. leg of the tour.

Lee came out with his self-titled debut album in 2005.

His sophomore set, "Supply and Demand," was released Oct. 3, 2006.