Melissa Lee is a local Wisconsin singer/songwriter. Born and raised in New Berlin, Melissa first played the drums at age 7, then transitioned to piano at age 13. Growing up, there was always a whirlwind of music in the house, from classical symphonies and opera, to country western, and rock and roll. This "tornado" effect of music inspired and influenced Melissa's songwriting, and by age 14, she had composed her first song. She has continued writing and performing for the better part of 40 years, in various venues with area rock bands in local bars and county fairs, in churches as a music director, and most recently, as a solo performer. While the stage is a natural comfort zone for her, Melissa's true passion is songwriting, and it is reflected in the 6 albums she has self-produced, arranged and recorded in her home studio since 2007.
Melissa's personal taste in music is quite diverse, and her collection of favorite artists and influences ranges from Abba to ZZ Top. She enjoys listening to just about any genre of music and her stage show includes a variety of song styles, always keeping the crowd on their toes with the unexpected.
In addition to her "Melissa Lee Live" solo show, Melissa is also currently the keyboardist for the Wisconsin bluegrass/reggae band, the "MadPoleCats", and she performs along with vocalist Anna Bartlett as part of the entertainment duo, "Champagne & Lace". Melissa is also the guest keyboardist/vocalist with Michael "Big Dog" Murphy and his band throughout the Fox Valley. In late 2019, "Melissa Lee & Company" will be unveiled as her newest project, featuring a bassist, drummer and harmonica player to accompany Melissa and will feature the same music styles as her solo show. And she hopes to complete work on her 7th CD, and release that during the holidays.
Melissa looks forward to continuing her musical journey wherever it may lead. She currently resides with her husband, Jack, in Eureka, Wisconsin with their two dogs and three cats.