Melissa Lee is a singer/songwriter born and raised in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Melissa first played the drums at age 7, then transitioned to piano at age 13.
There was always a whirlwind of music in her childhood home, from classical symphonies and opera, to country western, and rock and roll. This "tornado" effect of music inspired and influenced Melissa's songwriting, and by age 14, she was composing and arranging her own music. She has continued writing and performing for the better part of 40 years, in various venues as keyboardist with area rock bands in local bars, county fairs and festivals including Wisconsin's Summerfest, in churches as a music director, and most recently, as a solo performer. In 2016, Melissa competed in a national singing contest, and won 1st place in the Female Masters (age 50+) category for both the State Competition in Wisconsin and the Regional Competition in Michigan.
While the stage is a natural comfort zone for her, Melissa's true passion is songwriting, and it is reflected in the 6 albums she has self-produced, arranged and recorded in her home studio since 2007. Melissa has won awards for her songwriting and is a member of Songwriters of Wisconsin (SOWI) and Tennessee Songwriters Association (TSAI) and has a team of co-writers with whom she collaborates on various projects.
Melissa's personal taste in music is quite diverse, and her collection of favorite artists and influences ranges from Abba to ZZ Top. She enjoys listening to just about any genre of music, and her one-woman stage show reflects this in the variety of song styles and her own unique arrangements, always keeping the crowd on their toes with the unexpected.
In addition to her "Melissa Lee Live" solo show, Melissa was also the keyboardist for the Wisconsin bluegrass/ska/reggae band, the "MadPoleCats". Melissa has also played with various blues, jazz and country/rock bands. Melissa recently completed work on her 7th CD, entitled "What Might Have Been" which she released in January 2020. Her latest project is providing lead vocals and keyboard for a newly formed band out of Nashville called "VCR" (Vintage Classic Rewind). Their debut gig will be in Woodbury, Tennessee in May 2021.
Melissa looks forward to continuing her musical journey wherever it may lead. She currently is traveling on the road, full time RVing with her husband and their dog and three cats.
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