Stephanie Lee is a young lady that grew up in a little town in Idaho. And yes it was small – population was 23. So when it came time to having fun, they pretty much had the world at their fingertips. With a creative mind and some imagination, they could find a number of ways to have fun. They rode horses, participated in rodeos, (barrel racing, western pleasure and pole bending). When Stephanie Lee was in 5th grade, her family move to the “Big City” of Idaho Falls, Idaho.
But the creative mind and imagination helped Stephanie as she grew and became a successful musician who has a modulated voice that will carry her extremely far in life. Stephanie cheered in high school and performed in her family band “Dusty Boots”. Along with cheering, Stephanie ran track and cross country. She has sang with bands besides her families, The Wild Rose Band and AppleKor. Stephanie has pursued a solo music career and is doing fantastic. As a mother of 4 fantastic children, she is busy enough but always finds time to give to her music career.
Stephanie Lee was very kind in getting up very early and offering to do an exclusive phone interview Friday, January 15, 2015 with the byteclay.com and the following is our interview.
John DiTirro: You have led an exciting life and have lived all over the world, where do you currently reside?
Stephanie Lee: I currently live in Prosper, Texas. It is about 35 minutes north of Dallas.
JD: At what age did you start playing music?
SL: I started performing with my family when I was 6 years old. We have pictures where I’m holding a guitar and it’s bigger than I am. My father grew up playing in bands and was a music major for 3 years, and most of what our family did, it always involved music. My family is super musical. They perform and play music all the time. My dad teaches music and has his own guitar lesson program online. He has a performance group he teaches and plays with several bands. My 3 sisters (two were in the band) perform all the time, but they’re all up in Idaho.
JD: What got you involved in the genre of music you are in? Were you influenced by anyone in particular?
SL: I grew up playing country music and though I enjoy all types, have stuck with it. It’s part of who I am. I wasn’t influenced by anyone in particular. I’ve always been my own person and marched by the beat of my own drum. I love so many different artists and try to learn from all of them.
JD: For your upcoming album, when is it due to hit the market?
SL: My first EP came out October 16th of 2015. We are completing the album the first quarter of this year and it’s due out March 15th. I am very excited about it, as it has several of my original songs.
JD: How many tracks?
SL: There will be 11 tracks
JD: Do you have a specific song or songs that you are pushing for singles to be played on radio stations?
SL: We’ve already released a song called “Love Me Baby” that we will be pushing hard to be a single and played on the radio. I’ve already had several radio stations approach me to play it and we haven’t even done our radio tour, so it’s off to a good start.
JD: How long did it take to make the album?
SL: We’ve been working on this album for 7 months.
JD: Who produced it?
SL: It is produced by Brad Davis
JD: Did you write all the music or who are the writers, co-writers?
SL: I write all the music, except any covers that I decide to do. I have written literally hundreds of songs and if I could, I’d record a lot of it. They are a window to my soul. ‘Love Me Baby’ is a fun, flirty, care-free song. I’ve noticed a lot of my songs have the same feel and it mirrors my personality.
JD: How many albums have you made?
SL: I made 2 other albums with my family band I grew up performing with, but this is the first with me as a solo artist.
JD: Who are you managed by?
SL: I am managed by Jon Lowry.
JD: What was the first tune(s) you learned?
SL: This is so funny, but the first song I learned on the guitar was from one of the old song books my dad had. It was music by John Denver and the song was “Leaving on a Jet Plane”.
JD: Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
SL: Famous musicians I admire: any and all with their own unique sound and voice! My list would be a mile long. Same with the musicians I’ve learned from. That is just about anyone I listen to that I respect. I am open minded and can and love to learn from anyone. If I hear something I like, I am a keen observer.
JD: What are your fondest musical memories?
SL: Some of my fondest memories are playing in that family band. This is so funny but we were all so busy that one summer, the only time we could have band practice was Saturday mornings at 6:00 am. The numbers on both sides of our house and across the street all moved! We had so much fun traveling and making music today. When we play today, we are tight and read each other’s minds. It’s so fun. I also played bass guitar in an alternative rock band in college. That was really fun too.
JD: Which venue is your favorite?
SL: I’m not sure which venue has been my favorite. I have enjoyed everyone I have been in and have been treated with great respect.
JD: Is there any ritual you do before a show?
SL: Before a show, I always pray. I don’t have any other ritual but have to have a lucky pick with me for my guitar.
JD: What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
SL: Advice for beginners, have fun! Give it everything you’ve got. Some people will love you, some will hate you. You can’t please everyone so just enjoy it and remember you’re fabulous.
JD: How do you balance your music with other obligations – family, friends?
SL: How do I balance my music? That’s hard for me. I could play music 24/7. I plan out my day and try to follow my schedule.
We want to thank Stephanie Lee for this exclusive interview. She has led a great musical life and has lived a life that many people dream of. We wish her the best in her musical journey and cannot wait until she comes to Denver. Once she comes here, you can guarantee that byteclay.com will be there to capture the sounds and excitement that this lady brings to the stage.