Jade Lee was born in Saint Paul, MN to first generation Hmong immigrants. At an early age of five, Lee became captivated by music (specifically opera at the time) watching the famous Hmong-Chinese opera singer Mee Hang. Inspired by Mee Hang, Lee began singing and at the age of seven began dancing. At ten years old, she began singing in a group with her cousin and began writing songs, choreographing dance routines and developing and training herself as an artist. During her sophomore year in high school, Lee stepped into the music world and began performing more shows on her own at school, locally and eventually nationally.
Lee appeals to many diverse crowds with her jazzy vocals, dance-incorporated performances and catchy songwriting skills. She won her high school’s singing "Idol" competition by a diverse student body vote of 3,000 people and as a senior in high school had the honor to sing the national anthem for her entire school at the Pep Festival and received a standing ovation. Lee and her cousin also wrote a song titled, “No More” to raise awareness on the Hmong genocide overseas in Southeast Asia, which was published on, “The H-Project Compilation CD” by CHAT (the Center for Hmong Arts & Talent) and praised by the late General Vang Pao their activism. Lee has also taken participation in several public performances within the community such as: Hmong Music Festival, Rainbow Ballroom, Club Moonlight, MFSC Metrodome, Saint Paul River Center, Varsity Theater, Asian Prom 2012, Rice Street Festival, Hmong Idol, In-Session Songwriting, CHAT Ice Open Mics, Hmong Arts Festival, national/local colleges, fundraisers, charities and more. Lee’s song, “I Promise” written for the soundtrack of her debut role in the film, “Tou & Mai” was published on the CHAT Vagabound Sounds Compilation CD and was also nominated as one of the 'Best of Hmong CHAT Radio" songs in 2011. Her 2008 EP was also aired on KFAI 106.7 FM Radio Station in Minnesota.
She has starred in lead roles in two of the contemporary and popular Hmong American feature films, “Tou & Mai” and “Daim Duab”. Both were released to the general public in cinema theatres with sold-out sales and positive feedback. The movie “Tou and Mai” was featured in the Hmong Today newspaper and received great reviews. The movie, “Daim Duab” was featured in the Fresno Bee newspaper in 2009 and was also attended and supported by California’s City Council Member, Blong Xiong. Jade was also casted in the Discovery Channels’ TV Show, “I Almost Got Away With It”, the hit Youtube web series, “Smosh” and starred in the award-winning short film, “A Night In the Woods”. Lee was also acknowledged as a Hmong Role Model in 2010 by Hmoob Teen Magazine. Lee has been featured in the Hmong Times newspaper, Hmong Today newspaper, Fresno Bee newspaper for 'Artist You Should Know' (2010), Asian American Press newspaper, hmongenews.com, justhmong.com , specialasiamusic.com, CHAT Hmong Radio (90.3: MPLS, 106.7: St. Paul), Hmong Minnesota Radio (worldwide), Hmong Radio Fresno (KBIF: 900 AM).
Jade Lee’s debut album, “3 Faces of My Heart” is available on Itunes.com, cdbaby.com and amazon.com.
Her new 2012 Christmas single, “Nco Koj Tshaj Tau Txog Christmas” (Missing You Most at Christmas) is now available on Itunes, cdbaby.com and amazon.com for digital download.