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Check Out Lee Mo’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lee Mo.

Lee, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started out in Baltimore as a little girl singing in church with my adopted siblings. Music was something that brought us together and has held me together since. My gift for music developed more as I started playing piano, which I taught myself by ear, and playing the trumpet, which exposed me to music theory. In high school, I was a part of a world-renowned marching band and choir, and that influenced my decision to study music in college. I went to Temple for Jazz Studies: Vocal Performance, and I also joined Vertical Current, and with them we opened for many artists such as Robert Glasper, Frank McComb, Eric Roberson, and more. Since graduating, I’ve spent time in education, teaching music and jazz to middle school students, as well as touring internationally, writing, and performing my own music. I recently made the move to LA to further enhance my career and experience as an artist, and I’m so glad to be here.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There has definitely been challenges. As I said before, I started singing with my adopted siblings. The reality of adoption hasn’t always fit in my narrative because I was always a part of a small minority in school or work and I was rather ashamed to not know who my real mother and father was. That has impacted me to this day, although I have since been able to meet some of my biological family. As a result of that, leaving Baltimore and venturing into new territory alone has been rather isolating, but I have found and made so many friends and supporters who helped me through my journey.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a singer, songwriter, and musician. I create music every time I open my mouth to sing. I create music in my head. I create music with others. I am a vessel for music. I might be known for my runs, range, and jazzy flare, but I believe people get such a vast colors from my delivery because I fuse my experiences and emotions through myself into the music. It’s church. I’m most proud that I created this life for myself when I was given or able to see few for myself as a child. I am also proud to have received a special shout out and co-sign from the legendary Anita Baker, who publicly cheers me on.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
I listen to The Read and The Friendzone Podcasts. These focus on mental health in a comedic and down-to-earth fashion that makes me laugh while I’m contemplating life’s situations. I will also mention Twitter. Twitter for me is a space where people keep it real but also share complicated information about the world in a relatable and palatable way. There’s comedy, mental health, politics, finance, church, astrology, and many other topics you can engage on Twitter.

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