M.E. Baird's music career has certainly not been one of overnight success. It has definitely been a slow train coming. This slow train journey for M.E. Baird began in Melbourne, as part of the 90s inner city folk and rock scene. M.E. Baird's first band incarnations were in the most part pretty bad but they did lay the foundations for what was to become his slightly more capable outfit and folk-rock trio Zen For Head. By 1999 Zen For Head had a reasonable following in Melbourne but the scene was rapidly changing and disillusionment was creeping in for M.E. Baird.
He made the conscious decision to disband song-writing and music and travelled to Europe and then moved to Sydney to pursue a career in art, design and academia. M.E. Baird eventually returned to Victoria in 2004 and found the urge to return to song-writing.
In 2006 he assumed the stage name of Lionel Lee (its a long story) and became the celebrated songwriter and vocalist behind The Lionel Lee Three and Lionel Lees Curse. Under the banner of 'Lionel Lee' he released two Eps and a critically acclaimed full-length album entitled Mysteries of The Heart; Vagaries of The Mind.
In 2013 M.E. Baird decided to drop the pseudonym of Lionel Lee (its a long story) in favour of recording and performing under his own name. In 2014 He wrote and recorded eight tracks which was to become the mini album entitled Fall. The album had a very limited release in 2014 but due to deaths in the family and other personal struggles the album release and subsequent tours had to be put on hold. The official release is scheduled for May 2016.
After this difficult period and a subsequent breakdown, M.E. Baird decided a change was needed. He and his family have now relocated from Victoria to the Northern Rivers Region of New South Wales and call the historic township of Bangalow home. There he is rebuilding a new life in a welcoming and inspiring regional community and splits his time between writing, recording, touring and his spasmodic visual art practice.