St. Lenox is the music project of Andy Choi. He takes his influences from classical music, pop, electronica, and jazz. As a teenager, he was a Juilliard-trained concert violinist, winning awards at the national and international level under his belt. However, he gave up music in college to pursue a degree in philosophy at Princeton University. While working on his PhD at The Ohio State University, he rekindled his interest in music by way of the Great American Songbook, which he learned through jazz jam sessions at in Columbus, Ohio’s dive bars. He currently resides in New York City, and the St. Lenox moniker comes from a misreading of a subway terminal in Harlem: 148 St – Lenox Terminal.
His debut album, Ten Songs About Memory and Hope, was released in January 2015 on Anyway. It's a sprawling, layered, stream-of-consciousness portrait of modern American life, presented by Choi as a gift to his father, who immigrated to the United States, in honor of his 70th birthday. Written, performed and recorded by the writer in off hours, while working as an attorney in Manhattan, the album meditates on progressive themes, immigration, cultural divide, forgiveness and manifest destiny.
"[St. Lenox's] voice is one of the most striking instruments in music today, a harsh and commanding howl that reminds me of John Darnielle, Michael Stipe, and Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart but is something entirely its own. His subject matter is equally transfixing and unique, a mix of queer love songs, protest music, and savvy observations about the modern American experience." – Stereogum