Nashville recording artist Tami Lee developed a passion for Country Music at a very young age. Tami Lee was born and raised in the Northern Minnesota community of Newfolden. Tami spent most of her life involved in music. Her earliest musical experiences were with her family playing and singing Country and Gospel Music. Her family was very active in music, playing and singing together often. Tami recalls, “I remember Grandma Elsie would play Fiddle and my Dad would play guitar, we’d all join right in!” Music became a regular part of life for Tami and her family. “I grew up thinking that everybody played and sang, because we always did!” At the tender age of 5, Tami learned how to play the piano and she never “turned down” an opportunity to play! “Even back then, I loved to perform. I would play piano for anyone who’d listen!”
Tami learned to play guitar as well as a few other instruments, when she began to find her greatest strength-her voice! “I started singing whenever I could, and I fell in love with it! I remember using our picnic table as a stage, and I’d climb up and start to sing for family and friends!”
When Tami was 14 years old, she began singing gospel music in a band with her Dad. “We’d perform whenever we could, mostly at churches and events”. The gospel performances proved to be a very important stepping stone for the young singer. “It was a great time for me! I learned so much!”
As Tami Lee grew up, she began to discover other types of music too. “I always loved the Country Artists like Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, and Loretta Lynn, but I also liked Rock and Classical Music”. The different styles of music were critical to Tami’s development as a vocalist. The musical influences flavored and seasoned her abilities as a singer.
Even as a teenager, Tami spent much of her time polishing and shaping her craft. She enjoyed singing in the choir in high school and singing with the gospel group on the weekends. Music began to consume most of her time.
After graduating high school, Tami pursued other interests but quickly realized the only thing missing in her life was a career in music. She began to learn about the music industry, and what it takes to “make it” as a singer. She needed to make the trip to Music City.
Tami made her first trip to Nashville during the summer of 2000. She quickly learned that the music business can be a very tough one. But, she “stumbled” upon a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet with Allen Frizzell. “It was such an honor to sing for him, Frizzell is one of the biggest names in country music history!” Allen Frizzell loved Tami’s unique voice and knew they should record an album together. A short time later, Tami was down on Music Row, in a state of the art studio, surrounded by some of Nashville’s hottest musicians. Tami’s first recording project was underway. After several trips to Nashville and many studio hours later, the album “Heroes in My Heart” was completed. The title track was written by Tami, it is a touching tribute in loving memory of her grandparents. The album also includes a rich selection of material, ranging in style from the Buck Owens traditional sounds, to songs that would easily fit on a Shania Twain Album. There is no doubt, that much of Tami’s early musical “seasoning” added a special flavor to this album! “The project was an experience I will always cherish”. “I learned so much from Allen and his wife Gayle, They were so kind to me and I appreciate them very much!”
Shortly after the release of Tami Lee’s “Heroes In my Heart”, the wheels began to turn. Tami’s live performances were in high demand. She was asked to perform at Fairs, Casinos, Street Dances, Concerts, Festivals, Clubs and more. She assembled a first class band called “The Northern Lights”. The group hit the road running! Performing at events all over the tri-state region and beyond. “It’s the group I’ve always wanted! They are just wonderful! And so talented, I’m lucky to have a band like them!”
These days Tami Lee and The Northern Lights travel and perform often. The group has been described as “World Class”. They feature a great variety of music, excellent sound and lights, and a very entertaining show. The group seems to have a good time everywhere they go! “We’ve met so many great people out there, and the response has been great! I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such supportive people. I especially appreciate my family, without them, none of this would’ve happened! They are always encouraging me to move forward with my music! I can’t thank them enough!”
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