Ranee Lee is an established stage performer and accomplished artist. A multi-talented performer, she began her professional career as a dancer and evolved towards acting and music.
Her 40-year career has taken her from the theatre to the screen, and her singing performances have garnered her numerous awards and nominations, performing alongside jazz greats such as Bill Mays, Herb Ellis and Oliver Jones, to name just a few. She is recognized today as one of Canada’s greatest jazz vocalists, a status that earned her the Order of Canada for her outstanding contribution to arts and culture.
Throughout her career, Ranee has consistently written music and lyrics. Nine of her songs were recorded, of which Nana, What Do You Say? The song was recorded on her 1994 release of I Thought About You, which was nominated for a Juno Award a year later.
In the latter part of her musical career, Ranee’s work has significantly been inspired by her family life and her experience as a grandmother. Nana, What Do You Say? began as a song about her grandchildren. Some ten years later, the song grew into a children’s book baring the same title, which she illustrated herself.
Ranee began writing children’s literature in 2001 and became a published author in 2007 with Nana, What do you say? Book one. She is planning to write two additional books to complete the collection.