Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Monica Lee uses her powerful voice, sense of humour and poetic chops to warm our hearts with a her first Children's Music album.
'150 Kisses' is a love letter from parents to their kids. Inviting and tender, with song titles like Perfect Day, Swing Swing Swing, Potty on My Bus and I Love My Cat, Monica has us dancing in our seats. The title track, 150 Kisses, melts our hearts and, along with For My Love and the ending lullaby Goodnight, inspires us to sing with each other. A chanteuse in both French and English, Lee's voice is flexible and sweet as exemplified by her version of CouCou (Mr Moon) and the Gershwin jazz standard lullaby, Summertime.
A Vancouver multidisciplinary artist for over 20 years, Lee is well known for her powerful songwriting and performing in the Roots, Jazz and Country traditions as well as being a charismatic children’s educator in her wonderful program, Jump into Music. Mother of two, Lee tested these songs extensively on her own children before bringing them to the studio.
150 Kisses every day! (that's 1050 kisses a week!)
My name is Monica Lee. I am a multidisciplinary Canadian cisgendered queer woman artist and a tenth generation settler on Coast Salish territories. I discovered 3.5 years ago that I have likely always been living with considerable hearing impairment. I wear hearing aids. I am a mother to two children ages 13 and 11yrs.
All my work as a musician, songwriter, playwright, composer, video producer, event host and educator is centred in decolonization and historical honouring of musical traditions from around the world. As an artist, authenticity is at the core of all my offerings.
I am the owner, curriculum developer, instructor and video producer for Jump Into Music, a musicology for families early childhood music program in Vancouver BC. I teach 100 families a week world music in community centres and local parks. Jump Into Music has active social sites including a YouTube Channel and Facebook/Instagram following.
I am in the midst of making my 4th full length album '150 Kisses' that is a pivot genre to children' music. My last record titled 'Farewell' was released in July of 2020 with two supporting videos and is representative of my previous body of work as a Singer Songwriter drawing on Roots, Jazz and Country traditions.
I have been a part of the local music community here in Vancouver since 1998 and held a house gig at The Libra Room on Commercial drive for 15 years. I have toured Western Canada, played the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Sasquatch Festival and more.