Ranee Lee is one of the first female jazz singers in Canada. She embodies jazz and her career has been a relentless pursuit to see where music would take her, what she could learn, what she could pass on, how she could take new and exciting paths. She accepts challenges and constantly redefines herself.
With her new album Because You Loved Me, she once again accepts a challenge; this time with beautifully insightful new arrangements reimagined in a jazzy style from the music of Quebec superstar Celine Dion. In the end, you don’t need to be a Celine fan to like this album. But if you feel the beauty of a melody, the power of a song, the power of love, that’s what we think Ranee Lee has captured with this powerful new recording.
The recording features nine tracks of some of Dion’s greatest hits, including: “My Heart Will Go On”, “I’m Alive”, “All By Myself”, title track “Because You Loved Me”, “Nature Boy” and “The Prayer” which is released as a single in hopes of inspiring those who pray for world peace and the people of Ukraine. “Each song on this new recording, ‘Because You Loved Me’ contains meaningful messages. I hope you find yours as you listen to them,” Ranee says.
Ranee Lee’s impressive discography is filled with masterpieces. In April 2010, Ranee won the JUNO Award, Canada’s GRAMMY Award for “Vocal Jazz Album Of The Year” for the recording of Ranee Lee Lives UPSTAIRS. In 1994 and again in 1995, she received the Top Canadian Female Jazz Vocalist Award presented by Jazz Report magazine. His album I Thought About You was the first recording nominated for a Juno Award in the Best Mainstream Jazz category in 1995. In March 2003, Ranee received a JUNO nomination for “Maple Groove: Songs From The Great Canadian Songbook”, featuring selections from some of Canada’s greatest songwriters.
Throughout his career, Ranee has played with many jazz notables including Clark Terry, Bill Mayes, Herbie Ellis, Red Mitchell, Milt Hinton, Oliver Jones, Terry Clarke, John Bunch, George Arvanitas, to name a few. only a few. Lee is no stranger to the road; she has toured with her own band across America and has performed at many prestigious jazz festivals, most recently the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Canadian Capital Festival in Sao Paulo. Ranee has toured throughout Spain and France, and other Scandinavian countries, as well as England.
For outstanding service to jazz education, at the twenty-first IAJE conference in January 1994, Ranee received the award from the International Association of Jazz Educators. As an educator, Ranee was on the faculty of Laval University in Quebec City and the faculty of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University for over twenty years, where she received a appreciation and contribution to the development of McGill’s jazz program.
Ranee Lee’s incredible longevity as an artist is a tribute to her extraordinary talent. She is a force to be reckoned with because of her ability to constantly reinvent herself. And with the release of Because You Loved Me, she proves it once again!