Daughter of a Contracting Engineer living in Oakland, CA, Tracy moved with her family to Vancouver, BC when she was 10 after having lived in such countries as Jamaica and Ghana as well. Her mother had been a first-rate lounge singer in the genre of Lena Horne so Tracy grew up listening to those great recording artists as well. Tracy began acting in school plays in high school in Pt. Moody, BC and had a wide expanse of experience, including extracurricular, with music and theatre. She started vocal training and attained her first job singing weekly in a church. Tracy graduated with a Theatre Arts Scholarship and Graduation with Honours and continued her stage training at David Thompson University (Nelson, BC), under the direction of Janet Wright. Continuing on in music, which was her first love, she sang, wrote and acted in Vancouver, Los Angeles and Seattle for various films, theatrical and musical projects. With a choice of more than 100 songs she had written, in 2005 she produced and recorded her debut CD of eleven original songs and they are having radio airplay worldwide. Enjoying the operatic training she began in high school, along with the rock that was her passion, she finally combined the two when she became aware of European Rock and then created or joined various bands highlighting the specialty of the two voices. She performed in theatrical (and musical theatre) productions, one being Perfect Wedding by the Heritage Valley Resort, Abbotsford, BC. Her grandfather, Herbert Lee, built the Lee Building (Broadway and Main, Vancouver) in 1912 and in 2012 she produced the Lee Building Centennial Celebration as well as performed at it. She has continued to train vocally through the years and has performed on stage between musical and band assignments and as such enjoys the exceptional combining that this has afforded her as well as her writing of books.
Tracy, born in Vancouver, BC, Canada, discovered her natural singing talent in high school at Pt. Moody Sen. Sec. School, Pt. Moody, BC. Her mother was an exceptional singer, singing in lounges in the style and genre of Lena Horne. Tracy began her music and acting career with vocal training (Leslie Allison and Audrey Borschel), performing in various high school productions (performing to directing), vocal choirs, Frank Demiero's Soundsation Jazz Camp (WA), being involved in various theatrical endeavors from West Vancouver Little Theatre to acting courses and Festivals, and working as a soloist in a church. Amongst all this activity Tracy began swimming lengths on a regular basis which gave her tremendous vocal capacity. One of her vocal teachers would later go on to compare her with Renee Fleming, one of the best Opera singers in the world - that if she would have continued in Opera she would have been as good as Renee. She graduated with Honours and was awarded a Theatre Arts Scholarship and attended David Thompson University in Nelson, BC (Janet Wright* - Director).
(* Having learned of Janet Wright's passing Tracy adds this:
After the first year of Theatre School Janet and I returned to Vancouver and I cared for her daughter, Rachel, during that summer while Janet was acting in an Arts Club production. When we returned for the 2nd year Janet told me that I'd already passed what the others in the class hadn't and that it would be best for me to return to Vancouver and do what I wanted to do - music. Years later I reconnected and met up with her and Bruce - a joyous occasion! but as we all have busy lives I hadn't kept up-to-date with her following that. So very impressed at all the acting work/contributions she has done. I very much concur with these statements: 'I don't think Janet knew how to be anything but supremely honest' and 'She pushed me constantly to go beyond the limits of what I thought I was capable of. She made me a better person and a better actor'. She was an incredible teacher, friend and person and I'm very grateful to have known her and had her in my life!)
Returning to Vancouver she performed as lead vocalist and guitarist/keyboardist in Vancouver as well as Los Angeles, CA.. She recorded songs in studios in L.A. and Beverly Hills. While in L.A. she was in these films: 'Roots of Evil' (aka 'Naked Force'), and 'Spellbinder'. In Van. she wrote with a fellow musician (sounds of Sabbath, Uriah, etc.) and they performed on Vanc. CO-OP Radio live a few times, performing original songs. The songwriting duo had an incredible chemistry (definitely hit songs) but the Vancouver scene was too limited and the next move needed to be made outside Vancouver. The all-female band Catastrophe, based in Seattle, WA, was a perfect match so she joined them and recorded and toured as lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist for a year (1992-1993). While in Seattle Tracy trained with vocal teacher Sue Carr. Tracy's natural white streak in her hair appeared in her teens and she was ever so pleased for it - hereditary from her father. It was so 'in' for the Rock world! She returned to Van. and became enamored with learning about things behind the scenes - researching, reading and attending seminars of global significance enlightening her view of the world and knowledge of the global situation. She wrote more and became interested in choir music again. She landed in a choir she would then spend the next ten years (1994-2004) in, being the high soprano with beautiful music in the New Westminster Unity in Action Choir. She worked as a soloist at numerous events in and around Vancouver such as weddings, church engagements, private events. The genre was focused on standard material and then opera. Tracy took classical training with Caroline Harder. Tracy is a mezzo soprano and her range is 2 1/2 octaves to a D#6.
Spring 2003 brought theatre back into Tracy’s life. She acted and sang in 'Perfect Wedding', a Heritage Valley Resort (Abbotsford, BC) production. Receiving excellent reviews, in newspapers and radio, the production was held over for additional performances (see articles in large view of newspaper article under Promotional on Events page). Summer 2003 brought the recorded demo of two original songs: 'Which Step Shall I Take' & 'Glorious Days'. May 2004 Tracy recorded thirteen original songs for pre-production for the CD. Both recordings were at Green Room Studio, Abbotsford, BC. Various solos were performed with rave reviews at the annual Grand Chapter Sessions in the Chilliwack Coliseum, Chilliwack, BC from May-Jun/04. In Aug/04 she recorded the second pre-production of CD songs in the Green Room Studio. In May/05, she also performed at the Honour Reception for Judy Stanley-Long, Mission, BC. From May-Jun/05 she performed various pieces at the annual Grand Chapter Sessions held at the Sportmart Place, Kamloops, BC.
April 2005 the recording began for Tracy's debut CD. Kelly Stodola had been chosen as the drummer. He played with Danielle Osborne and Greg Schmidt in the band Blind Pigeon. It would be easiest to choose a guitarist and bassist (a whole band) that was used to playing with each other. That was simple and coming together very well. Next: the date. With friends Susann Richter and Ray Fulber the studio was to be Strait Sound in Gibsons, BC for the drums and bass. A date in April was chosen and then Kelly informed Tracy that Blind Pigeon was going to be performing in Sechelt that same weekend! Absolutely perfect. The drums and bass were recorded that weekend by Ray. The production was then moved over to JON Hemingway's studio, JOHEWADO, in South Surrey (now Maplevale Studio in Nova Scotia). Greg Schmidt added his guitar parts at his home and they were transferred later. Nathan Mah added keyboard parts. JON added numerous parts - from recording, engineering, mastering, assisting with back vocals, instrument playing, CD design, web design. Danielle added vocals to the track 'Where Were You Daddy' as a little girl voice was needed and hers was perfect. All the contributors did a superb job on the project. As Kelly Stodola had remarked at the first listen of the CD "my drums have never sounded so good!". That's a fabulous compliment coming from someone who has recorded in some of Vancouver's best studios. The majority of the CD's workings came together easily and the process was filled with synchronicity. The CD was released in August 2005. After many years waiting it was finally accomplished! Shortly after receiving the pressed CD’s Tracy was asked to perform in the musical production 'The Perfect Breadbox' written by Myles Murchison. Though this was cutting into her promotional effort it was a musical production she felt was right for her. It was a wonderful production and one of the highlights of her performing in the last few years. Tracy got to show some of her excellent range by taking on the high harmony in one particular song. The production played at the Wheelhouse Theatre in November 2005 in White Rock, BC (JON Hemingway also was part of the musical team for the production). Later she remixed a higher melody of 'It's Up To Us' to show more of her range capable (which is the track on the website song clips, not the one on the CD). It shows her nail, with clear assurance, the high 'A'. It's a voice many know and love. Tracy dedicated herself to promoting her CD with a large amount of success. Highlights include: a half-page newspaper article written about her and her CD in the Peace Arch News (first CD ever to have that large an article in that newspaper), appearing on 'Locals Only', the KISM radio show, and the CD receiving radio airplay around the world. Victor Yong accompanied Tracy on the 'Locals Only' interview for the airing on March 19, 2006. He later introduced her to the sound of Nightwish - the world renowned symphonic rock band from Finland. When she first heard songs by Nightwish she thought the band too dark and heavy. After a couple more times listening she realized what a gem of a band this was. Tracy was amazed that such excellent music was being recorded and performed in the world. Rock with an opera singer - Europe is and has been doing it! (She thought "where have I been? I guess not ready before to have known about it.")
In the summer of 2006 Tracy could feel a change coming. Then in September 2006 things shifted. During a jam session which it was decided to perform 'Dark Chest of Wonders' by Nightwish along with other rock songs (Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains, Deep Purple) she realized the hard edge rock never left her and she still very much enjoyed singing that genre. Thomas Yee, a friend of Victor Yong's, was the organizer of the jam and a guitarist. After the jam he asked Tracy if she'd like to be part of a band with some of the musicians at the jam (Rolf Popp-drummer, Victor Yong-guitarist and others). The focus would be Classic Rock with about 20% Euro-rock. It then became known that Nightwish was looking for a new vocalist so it was decided to make the showcase performance on December 3rd, 2006 an audition video to send to the band. They attained a club to perform in, decided to name the band Solar Fire, rehearsed twice only and then performed to a very pleased crowd. Despite a sound system that was inadequate and band members playing loudly where Tracy could barely and sometimes not at all hear her vocals she did a superb job. Short clips are available on the Video link. During the summer of 2007 she joined with some other musicians and formed a second band named Revolution Calling. This was a classic rock band with an emphasis on Queensryche (one of her favorite bands). She continued to promote her CD, rehearse and perform with the two bands. Later in Dec. 2007 she performed a double header that night with Solar Fire and then Revolution Calling at the Backstage Lounge, Vancouver. In the beginning of 2008 she focused some time and energy back to writing and continued with Solar Fire until the end of 2010. The second band, Revolution Calling, disbanded as Tracy found it was too much with both bands. All members went off to separate projects or took a break from music. In December 2008 Tracy wrote more than 30,000 words for a book - a spin off biography - that had been waiting to be done. It was a wonderful experience.
The year 2009 proved to be a very interesting year. Tracy was very busy with a multitude of things. She performed with the Unity in Action Choir at the Celebration Concert '40 Years of Spirit Rising' in New Westminster BC. It was wonderful to see all those friends she hadn't seen in quite a few years. It was a wonderful night enjoyed by a packed house. In October Tracy performed at a special celebration at Inner Garden in White Rock, BC. In early 2010 Vancouver's Queensryche tribute band 'Queen of the Ryche' blossomed. After years of wanting to put together this tribute band Tracy joined up with Emine Topcu of Lethal Halo at the time (now Projekt Gothenburg) to create this excellent musical project. Next on board was Rolf Popp, from Solar Fire, adding his solid drumming. Guitarist Marysia McGilvray came on next as did her partner Leo Pedersen on bass to complete the band. In early June Tracy recorded the thirteen songs (the first songs chosen for the band to learn) in karaoke fashion in Mark One Studio in Burnaby and was very pleased at the closeness to Geoff's singing that she accomplished. Mid-July it was decided that if the band could pull off 'Queen of the Reich' well that that would be the name of the band. After the first take of the song it was joy all around - they had the name of their band. Tracy, with never having sung that song before, nailed it quite well, securing the piece and a major step forward was made - 'Queen of the Ryche' was born. Tracy had another band that she could really enjoy and where she could excel at. putting on dynamic, lively and spectacular performances (video clip of 'Queen of the Reich' - Videos). Throughout 2010 life was taking its own course, aside from the band. She left her day office job and beginning in July Tracy volunteered for the SPCA with the rabbits and small animals. She was awarded BCSPCA 'Volunteer of the Month' for December. She enjoyed her time there, caring for the animals and making a contribution in a variety of positive ways. In Dec. 2010 it became apparent that focused energy needed to be applied to her employment search so Queen of the Ryche disbanded and the SPCA volunteering came to an end.
2011 - 2012: In 2011 Tracy was pleased to be invited to add backing vocals to two songs (along with group vocals on a couple of songs) for the Lethal Halo 'Process of Progress' CD ('Struggle' - chorus: 1:38 and 'Sovereignty' - chorus: 2:36). In spring 2011, her mother passed away. It was a very difficult time as Tracy held together much of the family and the requirements at that time. In 1912, Tracy's grandfather, Herbert Lee, was the builder and owner of the Lee Building, a heritage building located on the corner of Broadway Avenue and Main Street, in Vancouver and the 100 years was soon approaching. Tracy was the Event Coordinator for the Lee Building Centennial Celebration (LBCC) which occurred July 15, 2012. Though headway was made with plans and preparations of the Celebration, the illness and passing of her mother turned energy and time towards family obligations. In June she vacationed in Hawaii and had a very needed restful and, at the same time, exciting and fabulous time swimming with wild dolphins. Tracy is very grateful to have brought together the elements of the LBCC with such ease, effortlessness and synchronicity. For songs her intention was to pick two turn of the century songs, one English song for Herbert and one Irish song for Beatrice, her grandmother. An Irish lullaby, Toora Loora Loora, and a Jamaican song, Yellow Bird, were the best choices for various reasons (both videos on Media page). There were no English songs that seemed to work well in song, context, etc.. The answer was in the Jamaican one. Interesting because Tracy's father traveled around the world and her family lived in Jamaica for three years and this song is about a yellow bird and Beatrice bred canaries. It is a wonderful cycle - a song to sing for her father and grandmother - a beautiful spin on it. In one sense it's balanced: the event is focused more on/for Herbert and the two songs lean more towards relating to Beatrice - that's makes it even and well-rounded without even trying to do that. Tracy wanted to also honour Beatrice in a fitting way. It worked perfectly. On July 14th, the night before the LBCC, Tracy's step-father of 41 years, Phil Peterson, passed away, 14 months after her mother passed away. 'The show must go on' - Tracy attended the LBCC event the next day and carried on as best as she could, performed her speech, slideshow presentation and songs. The LBCC Event was a great success despite the emotional numbness. Immediately after the LBCC her event coordinating and organizing was called upon again for the funeral service and Celebration of Life. In Sept. she traveled to Los Angeles for potential work. In November, as life has often been packed and sometimes intense this would be no different yet very different indeed: Tracy was diagnosed with cancer. She spent her 50th birthday in the hospital surrounded by loving family and friends. Chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant (2013) put life into another reality.
2013 - 2014: Winds of change were blowing.... 'Like gold that someone has put in your backyard and you're thinking they are wrecking the grass'. A twenty-year relationship/marriage ended. (AH vid @ 6:00+)
2014 - 2016: Tracy regained her strength after the health setback and considered musical projects again in mid 2014. In Sep/14 she added her talent to the Sain Arden (SA) project, giving her a good reason to regain her vocal capacity as well. Rolf Popp, drummer, joined approximately a month later. 2015: Rehearsals continued and new material was written. With the divorce Tracy changed her name back to 'Lee'. She was asked to perform, and she was highlighted with her high notes, in a Chilliwack church Easter Choir. Vocal lessons continued and added to the Repertoire was 'Che Fiero Costume'. Tracy worked on vocaleses and Classical/Opera songs. 2015-6: Tracy wrote three new songs with the writer of SA, Alexey. Through a friend she became aware of MNET Radio. She connected with them and recorded a radio interview there. She and Alexey then recorded a radio interview together. Both Tracy's CD and the SA CD are being played on the radio station. Tracy began swimming lengths again (usually 20+ each time though earlier years were a mile, 64, or more). Promo photos were taken with the 'laughing ones' having orbs in them! Aug/16: Tracy and Alexey recorded the LIVEish Sain Arden video interview. On Aug. 27th, at the MNET Radio Music Festival in Mission, BC, the band members had fun despite the inadequacy of the sound system on stage. Tracy performed yet another astounding show and proved her passion was unstoppable. The exquisite quality and ability to blend and perform both rock and opera shone through with undeniable success! (Viewing of the full performance with two camera files is available). Sept.: Differences led to her leaving that band. She continued vocal training and singing the Classical songs and vocaleses, including working again on 'O Mio Dolce Ardor' & 'Che Fiero Costume'.
2017: After most of the year involved in other matters Tracy is now looking forward to her upcoming excellent musical project with like-minded professional musicians.