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Blues: Jazzy Blues Jazz: Jazz Vocals Moods: Type: Vocal

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Brenda Lee

Bio - 2013 July - Brenda Lee
Capturing, silver-tongued and melt in your mouth, Yukon’s Brenda Lee
Katerenchuk is to jazz what smoke is to bourbon. With the rare ability to
reshape a song, we are transported from the ethereal sensitivity of a tender
jazz ballad to the blazing edginess of blues or pop transformed. Her pure
vocal style and sustaining power tossed together with an unpredictable
creativity – and a touch of whimsy - take yoour breath away on a jazz roller
coaster. All this, while delivering tasty and expressive guitar lines in an
intoxicating blend.
The development of Brenda Lee Katerenchuk's unique style is the result of
a lifetime of musical influence. Growing up listening to her drummer
father’s big band perform or watching her mother give ball room dancing
lessons filled Brenda Lee’s ears with musical spirit. After only 5 years of
studying guitar, by the age of 15 Brenda Lee was honoured with 3
Outstanding Performer awards and by age 17 was a silver medalist at the
Royal Conservatory of Music in classical guitar. She received a Bachelor
of Music degree in classical guitar and was clearly inspired as she has
been teaching guitar professionally since then.
Adding vocals was natural for a girl who could belt out with thrilling
Brenda Lee will be the first to acknowledge that “all the skill in the world
won’t mean a thing if you can’t make people feel something”. With the
debut release of ”Five O’Clock Bells”she blazes into an imaginative
journey that Up Here’s Barry Jenkins says “feels like a love affair with these
songs”. The CD twists through imaginative renditions of classics like “Blue
Moon” and “Goodmorning Heartache” with taffy pulling, stretchy phrasing
and bewitching sensitivity. She takes a left turn at some offbeat covers like
“Crazy” and”Walking Stick” which bubble up to tickle and refresh the
There are many who interpret jazz, but when it is done with such skill,
passion and breadth of emotion be prepared to be moved. She will be as
intimate and as frolicsome as a heart will go. There is no doubt that
Brenda Lee Katerenchuk is a force to watch out for.