He has relocated twice in pusuit of his career. He moved to Los Angeles in 1988 where he worked with The Dust Brothers and Jeff Buckley. After being in various bands, performing on The Tonight Show, a publishing deal with EMI and touring on Lollapolooza, Lee moved to London, England. There he signed a solo record deal with influential DJ Gilles Peterson's Talkin' Loud.
This resulted in a album Discomfort which was only promo released in France 1996. In 2000, Lee released "Monkey Boy" on Wall of Sound Records. The album included Lee's song "Happiness", which was later recorded by million selling british artist Will Young.
The year of 2004 saw the release the album Soul Visa, in Japan only, on Rush Production!. Soul Visa was later released in 2006 worldwide under the BBE label. The album Harmonium was released in 2005 in Japan, again under Rush Production!
As Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, Lee has released 8 albums on US label Ubiquity Records since 1994: Music and Rhythm, Moods and grooves, Strings and Things, Voices and choices, Hits the hits, A Very Ping Pong Xmas, Miles of styles" and the "Under The Sun" film soundtrack.
Lee's music has appeared in many films such as Ocean's Thirteen and The Break Up, as well as on television series, such as CSI Miami, Lost, Desperate Housewives,"Nip Tuck " and Ugly Betty, and the Mack Dawg Productions snowboard movie Picture This. Shawn Lee also scored the Rockstar Games video game Bully in 2006. He was twice nominated for best score, winning once. He composed some pieces for The Getaway before working on Bully's score.
Lee also scored UK/Swiss feature film Save Angel Hope, which is to be released in late 2008. The 2008 surf documentry film Under The Sun also features an original Shawn Lee soundtrack to be released on Ubiquity Records.