Encore Music Series with Stephanie Lee
Thursday, May 23 at 7pm
The Encore music series hosts Stephanie Lee on Thursday May 23 at the Encore Gallery, Taos Community Auditorium. Enjoy and intimate evening with singer song writer Stephanie Lee. In New Mexico, Lee has worked with fine musicians and engineers, did demos and studio work for fellow musicians and developed a regional following in spite of spinning around between genres for awhile. In the Santa Fe Reporter, Sarah Meadows said, “(Lee) is unapologetically a feminist, but above all, she’s assertively human. Her music blends elements of folk – fragmented, honest folk – with luscious jazz and funk.”
Her 1999 debut album is titled “Bliss is the Aftermath.” Aftermath of what? Of a small but life-changing grant from the Sumacil Foundation, moving to a funky old desert trailer with no running water or electricity, and working and fundraising tirelessly to finish and record the album, which received great reviews and airplay.
A short stint in post-9/11 New York City provided more social-political insight for the New York native as well as business training to set up her independent music and publishing businesses and build the website, vigilantemusesociety.com. Vigilante Muse Records and Spread the Bread Publishing were soon relocated back to her adopted home of Taos. In 2003, she joined the Taos Gospel Choir and continued to write and record her music. Still reeling from homeland insecurity, she joined the BORDC (Bill of Rights Defense Committee) performing benefits for them and speaking up about drafting resolutions against the "Patriot Act."
Lee’s 2006 album, “One Little Seed…” recorded “all the tunes that got her in trouble... and then some.” For the former 13-year-old runaway, who learned to play piano by sneaking into empty churches, for the former single mom who bought a new piano even though her car door closed with a bungee cord, it must be tremendously gratifying to see four of those songs nominated for New Mexico Music Awards. One of them, “Rachel Corrie” won for Best Vocal Performance. Several theater companies approached Lee for the theatrical rights. "Rachel Corrie" was used as the poignant opening song in the play "Messages from Rachel," performed by Teatro Paraguas at the Santa Fe Museo de Cultural.
In 2012, Lee was nominated for Best Vocals by the HMMA (Hollywood Music In Media Awards) in Hollywood, California. "I felt deeply gratified to be nominated, because I have been really working on my vocals using a tutorial by Ron Anderson. Ron Anderson's vocal tutorials are the best vocal lessons I could have come across. In 2011 I hurt my pipes blowing too much air power through them singing soprano with the Taos Gospel Choir. I was very lucky they weren't permanently damaged, and have loved learning these techniques that add to the abundant joy of freely singing."
In 2013, Stephanie Lee is launching her new show with lots of new songs, and will be performing in New Mexico and California. She will also be recording her fifth album.
Beer and wine will be available for purchase from Taos Mesa Brewing. Tickets are $10 for TCA members and $12 general admission.
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