Krysta Lee Biography
Ludwig van Beethoven once said “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life”. For Krysta Lee, the power of music is comparable to that of the universe. Her sound is fresh and intoxicating; soulful; and undeniable. Most captivating is the way in which her songs mirror her integrity as an artist, and a person. Overflowing with positive and charismatic energy, Krysta Lee’s shining heart beams outward from deep within, and her inspiring story is unlike any other.
Born on September 28, 1983, Krysta Lee entered the world on an abnormally rocky note. After months of misdiagnoses, she was finally diagnosed with spina bifida, and endured her first major surgery at the tender age of nine months old. It was said that she would never walk, and be restricted to a wheel chair with little (if any), control of bodily functions—for life. Little did the professionals involved know that this miracle baby was not only about to pull through and defy their predictions, she would actually thrive and excel in all areas of life—despite the odds. This girl was a force to be reckoned with since day one!
Krysta Lee got her first experience of being in the spotlight at three years old after her mother enrolled her in local acting classes to help with her extremely shy personality. This lead to further pursuing an interest in the stage with dance classes, beginning with ballet and jazz. Combining acting and dance on stage with music soon became a very important part of her life, which quickly separated her from the rest. Unlike most children her age, Krysta Lee was raised on the classical, soft rock, and "oldies" music that would ring throughout her parents various country based homes in the rural areas outside of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. In elementary school, she discovered R&B and adult contemporary music, and found herself inspired by Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. She also fell in love with The King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Her love for music grew, and prompted her to make music of her own, and she joined The Children’s International Peace Choir at the age of seven. It was at that point when music became her prime passion, which quickly developed into a burning desire to become one of the greats.
Trials, Triumphs, And Achievements
Achieving great success in the choir and in school, Krysta Lee was eager to continue thriving in the spotlight, and felt a pull to express herself even more creatively. She auditioned for several local Broadway productions, got the parts, and at age eight she was performing in various live plays alongside high school seniors. Every year was jam-packed with rehearsals, choir performances, dance recitals, and Broadway shows. “I simply could not get enough of the stage life. I would eat, sleep, and live up there if I could!” Little did she know that life had another serious turning point about to unfold . . .
In 1994, Krysta Lee's father was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. This changed her life, and the lives of her family, forever. The ever-growing bills that accompanied her father's illness forced them to cut many expenses, eliminating the extra curricular activities of singing, dancing, and acting all together. Then on January 11, 1995, surrounded by family at home, he lost his battle to cancer. She was eleven years old. Within a few months after his passing, Krysta Lee was diagnosed with a severe curvature of her spine, known as scoliosis. After a year of failed attempts at non-invasive correction, and wearing a back brace nearly twenty-four hours daily, she had no choice but to face a terrifying fifty-fifty chance of paralyzation, and undergo a fourteen hour spinal surgery to fuse three titanium rods (and a multitude of hardware) to straighten her spine. It was one of the most trying times in her life to date, and it was also a blessing in disguise. The emotional baggage that came along with the death of a parent, accompanied by months of solitude after major surgery, quickly began to channel itself into music, songs, poetry, and even art. Encouraged by her mother to stay strong, and sing through her heart, Krysta Lee took on a whole new perspective to music, and life, in general.
Krysta Lee was determined to face the world with a fighting will, and she was completely moved by the staggeringly positive response from friends and family, encouraging her along the way. She made a decision to use her past as motivation toward a better future, and she enrolled herself in private vocal lessons with The Hamilton Music Academy, as well as with the successful recording artist and Juno Award nominee, Ray Lyell. This led to Krysta’s audition for the first ever edition of Canadian Idol, which landed her in the top ten percent out of eleven thousand hopefuls in Toronto. Krysta has since expanded her vocal training with several other private instructors including Teresa Nocita, Dianne Ryder, and Diana Yampolsky; and had the honor of working with many elite music producers including Roy Hamilton III, Scott McQuaig, and Anthony Vaughan, to name a few. Inspired by her mother's past, Krysta Lee also teamed up with several talent agencies over the years to expand her career as a professional model, and has worked with top photographers like Korby Banner, Helen Tansey, Mark Maryanovich, and many more. She continues to grow throughout the times, and has blossomed into a spiritually humble, kind, and compassionate woman—with a big smile, a big presence, and an even bigger heart.
“I believe that every job is a self portrait of the person who did it,
so we must autograph our work with excellence”.
Although Krysta Lee enjoys all genres of music and has written songs in several different musical categories, she is most drawn to the world of country music. Her songwriting is uplifting and uninhibited, while sometimes heartbreaking too, and often a reflection of her life and its trials and tribulations. Unlike many artists that rely on studio mixes for their edge, Krysta Lee is absolutely electrifying—especially on stage. Performing is one of her greatest gifts. Those that see her live agree that her ability to captivate her audience is truly amazing. If there's anyone on the scene today demonstrating the It Factor, Krysta Lee sure has, and is, IT! She says it is onstage that she feels completely at home, and it most definitely shows.
“I find myself when I perform, while at the same time I can lose myself and just let go.”
In the summer of 2008, two of Krysta Lee’s original songs were featured on the Safe 2 Sleep album which was a fundraiser for the Sound the Alarms charity—one of which is a song she wrote and had later recorded with her sister, Katryna Rose, under the name Celestine. That same summer Krysta recorded a song with Rob Kirkham and Neon Rain for their debut album. She has since worked with several different bands in many capacities in her early adult career, and currently tours with a band of her own, The Krysta Lee Band, of course! When she's not playing with her bandmates at various locations throughout the province, you can catch Krysta Lee starring in multiple tribute shows across Ontario. She performs as "Connie Francis", "Lesley Gore", and other icons in several Bandstand Shows in theatres throughout the year. Krysta Lee is also proud to have been a Vocal Instructor at the ever popular Studio E Music And Arts School in Hamilton, Ontario. She prides herself on her positive reputation, being a well rounded performer, and working on regularly expanding her career.
“My biggest goal at the moment is to reach as many people as possible,
so that I may do what I was born to do and help improve the lives of others."
In addition to racing dreams, Krysta Lee has been making her name known locally by performing both the Canadian and American national anthems at various sporting events, such as The Hamilton Bulldogs AHL | OHL hockey teams at The First Ontario Centre (formerly Copps Coliseum); as well as The Hamilton Tigercats CFL football team at Tim Horton's Field (formerly Ivor Wynne Stadium), among other sporting events throughout the GHA | GTA. She also performs live and entertains audiences across Ontario at casinos, weddings, corporate events, charity events, private parties, fairs, festivals, clubs, pubs, and more! In 2017 Krysta Lee was honored to play at the prestigious Canadian Music Week in Toronto, which was a dream come true for her! She has since released her Debut EP of three original songs which are now available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and more. Krysta Lee also recorded a music video for her debut single, My Mistake, which is available to view on her Youtube channel.
Acting, Writing, And Coaching
Determined to reclaim her place on the acting scene, Krysta Lee dove back into the business with features in various Film and TV Shows. Since 2009 she has worked on dozens of productions, both in front of and behind the camera, and has become a local go-to Stand In in the GHA | GTA. On a more personal note: after experiencing multiple miscarriages, and a pre-cancerous scare, Krysta Lee has finally taken on her most important role to date, as: Mama. She gave birth at home to a healthy boy, Jaxon, on February 14, 2017—followed by a beautiful girl, Lillee, less than two years later on January 3, 2019. She has since shared parts of her journey by contributing to the world of literature, and has produced and published multiple Book Excellence award-winning, best-selling books with Golden Brick Road Publishing House, including Mama's Gotta Work! (2020), Women Let's Rise (2020), Mama's Gotta Grow! (2021), and more, which are all available worldwide.
Krysta Lee is grateful to contribute regularly to many other published works in print and online, as well as be a guest on multiple radio and podcast shows and interviews. And, due to popular demand, she has also expanded her formerly private Life Coaching business by creating a VIP Life Coaching program, in order to better serve others near and far. Beyond all the joys that home life brings to her heart, Krysta Lee hopes to travel the world with the lessons she has learned in life so far, and share them through her gift of music and the power of her words. Krysta Lee currently resides in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada, with her husband, DJ, their two children, Jaxon and Lillee, and a menagerie of animals.