August 23, 2006

Lee Ritenour Engaged To Japanese Pop Star

Anri will be Mrs. Captain Fingers.

Guitarist Lee Ritenour, who just released a fantastic new CD called Smoke n Mirrors, is engaged to be married to Japanese pop singer Anri, whose music he has been producing since her 2000 CD called Smooth Jam Quiet Storm.

Ritenour_Anri.jpgAnri, who is 45 on Aug. 31, made her debut in 1979 and sang the theme song for the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998. Among those who have performed on her Japanese pop albums, in addition to Ritenour, are guitarists Larry Carlton and Paul Jackson Jr., bassist Nathan East and drummer Ricky Lawson.

Ritenour, whose nickname is Captain Fingers, produced her latest CD, Sol, which was released in Japan in November. Ritenour, 54, has a son named Wesley from his first marriage and has frequently made trips to Japan during his career to perform and produce music.

"Shes quite a well-known singer in Japan," says Ritenour. "I mean very famous over there. Weve know each other for years as friends and colleagues. We've had a longtime friendship."

Posted by Brian Soergel at August 23, 2006 5:40 AM