Lee Aaron is a name you’ll certainly recognize as a well-known Canadian singer-songwriter, producer, performer, and rock ‘n’ roll legend. On top of that, she’s also a mother and teacher, so needless to say, she’s a very busy woman, with a career spanning over 35 years and still going strong.
The 80’s and early 90’s brought various radio hits, gold and multi-platinum sales with Body Rock and Some Girls Do. Throughout the 90’s she also released Emotional Rain and 2Precious, but unfortunately, sales did not compare with her previous successes, which led her to declare bankruptcy in 1996, having invested over half a million in recording costs, promotion and tour support.
After a few hard years, broadsided and diagnosed with depression, in 1997 she stepped away from singing but nothing stops Lee Aaron, she re-emerged in 1998 performing blues and jazz in venues around Vancouver and releasing Slick Chick in 2000 and Beautiful Things in 2004.
Shortly after completing the Beautiful Things tour, Lee and her husband welcomed a daughter in 2004 and a son in 2006. She took a recording hiatus to focus on her young family, never stopped performing, and also released a Museum, a collection of jazz performances on DVD in 2006, Rarities, Studio & Live, a 3-DVD career anthology in 2008, Live in Sweden DVD of her 2011 concert at Sweden Rock Fest, and a 30 year commemorative CD, Radio Hitz and More in 2012.
During the hiatus, she also returned to college to expand her post-secondary education, acquiring a certification in Specialized Education.
In 2016, Aaron returned with Fire and Gasoline, Canadian, European, and UK dates and video singles for “Tom Boy”, “Fire and Gasoline” and “Bad Boyfriend”, all of which have well over 100K views on YouTube and continue to grow.
2017 brought multiple honours such as a permanent star on the Arts Walk of Fame in her former hometown of Brampton, ON, her iconic Metal Queen and Body Rock outfits on display at The National Music Centre in Calgary, and the “Back In The Spotlight” Fan’s Choice award from Music Express.
Now, in 2018, she’s still at it, yesterday marked the release of her brand new album, Diamond Baby Blues, which is a mixture of blues-based rockers, rock ‘n’ roll and hard-rock that pays homage to the giants of the late ’60s and ’70s. Stay tuned for our review to come on Canadian Beats.
She recently released a video for her single, “Diamond Baby”, which you can check out below. It’s a high-energy rock track that will make you want to go back and listen to all of Lee’s previous hits, and then, of course, purchase her new album.
“We wanted to shoot a simple video that captured the essence of the band and their personalities in a live performance setting. After a chance meeting with director/videographer Dan Zachary – who is mostly noted for his work on horror films – we started talking about shooting some footage with really cool lighting and a gritty over feel to the film. Near the end of the day, my bassist Dave Reimer suggested I actually ‘walk out the back door’ of the studio, since the entire premise of the chorus is about ‘walking away.’ We ended up shooting these sequences that were totally unplanned but I like working that way – allowing for spontaneous things to happen – it keeps the creative process fun!”
We also had a chat with Lee for our newest segment of Five Questions With, so you can find out a bit more about her. Enjoy.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
I’m Lee Aaron! A Canadian singer/songwriter/producer who currently lives in the Vancouver area. I’ve been making music since I was a teenager and am currently on my 14th album. Wow, did I just say 14th album? Where does the time go? I’m basically a girl in a rock band and like making music that’s hooky, powerful and loud.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
My music is guitar based, melodic rock. Over the years it’s vacillated in and out of various sub-genres like hard rock, pop-metal, commercial rock and even alternative rock, but the heart of it remains rock n’ roll. As a youngster, I was enamored with Ann and Nancy Wilson from Heart. I wanted to write songs that were both powerful and feminine. Themes of empowerment, the complex dynamics of relationships and impactful personal experiences are usually the fodder that finds its way into my songs. Sometimes I write alone on piano or guitar, and sometimes I write with one of my bandmates, Sean Kelly (Nelly Furtado) or Dave Reimer (Barney Bentall). What I do feel, is that the best songs usually write themselves. Sometimes I’ll write something and wonder where that idea came from because I’m not nearly clever enough to have come up with it on my own…lol.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
I have an amazing band and it’s always a treat to get onstage with these world-class musicians. I guess we’d be considered old school in that we never use technology like click tracks or triggered keys or backing tracks in our rock performance. It’s a high energy show with great musicianship and lots of personal banter from stage. We have a lot of fun and try and draw the audience into that experience with us. More summer shows are in the works, but here are some upcoming shows:
July 19, Red Deer Fair, Red Deer, Alberta
August 3, Wacken Open Air, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
August 4, Skogsrojey, Rejmyre, Fingspång, Sweden
August 11, Kitchener blues Festival, Kitchener, Ontario
August 17, Rock Ambleside Park, Vancouver, BC
August 18, Rock The River, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
August 25, Exhibition Park, Lethbridge, Alberta
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
I always feel that my most recent work is my best so I’d suggest the NEW single ‘Diamond Baby.’ It’s a tune about taking back your personal power after being in a situation where you felt oppressed in some way. I like to write lyrics that are open to interpretation by the listener and this song is one of those. It could apply to many scenarios in someone’s life.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
I really love Arcade Fire, Metric and Mother, Mother. I’m also digging The Beaches, a Canadian all-girl band – they’ve got great attitude, style, glam, rock and punk overtones in the mix. Canadian girls can definitely rock!!
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.