Bios

Lee's Bios

Lee's bio:

 

When you talk with Lee, he'll tell you that he's bringing you The Gold Standard.

 

Lee is number 10 of 12 siblings.  He truly enjoyed his childhood and remembers always getting what he wanted most at Christmas.  His father was a very diligent, and hard-working man, who gave each one of his children what they desired for Christmas.  Lee is a veteran who served his country for 9 years and became a Drill Sergeant.  He was a commercial truck driver for 24 years, who taught his skills in the classrooms for part of that time, and is a licensed helicopter pilot. To each occupation, he brought his father's work ethic, and as a college student, he’s bringing that same work ethic.  All this is a demonstration of what he brings to the stage, and creates a unique flavor of entertainment as he plays his trumpet, and sings in venues around the country.  

 

Lee is happiest when he's working with his wife Karen, who also sings, and entertains.

Intelligence Too

Not only are Lee and Karen talented, but very intelligent as well. As a matter of fact, they are both in college. Lee is working on his Ph.D. in psychology, and Karen is working on her Ph.D. in Music Therapy. They each have above a 3.50-grade point average. They're in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and The B. K. Clark Psychology Club. For a bit of fun, they are also members of the Black Tide Club. This club performs music and theatrical plays. They have recently transferred to Dillard University where they both received scholarships.

 

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Karen's Bio

Artist, Karen Grant has been singing "Since the womb!” She has also been writing her own lyrics for many years. A New Orleans native, the youngest of six children, Karen was raised by her aunt after her mother died when she was 8. As an adolescent, Karen turned toward her gift of singing and discovered her own identity through music. And through the years the city’s many cultural influences have shaped her as an artist and a person - slowly, yet with perfect timing - she has taken possession of more and more of her music promised land by the exploration of her hometown which is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. As she participated in choirs and established friendships with other New Orleans musicians, Karen found like-minded people. It was not until 2001 that the door finally opened wide for her to fully use her gift of song. She started performing solo in local coffeehouses in New Orleans, and surrounding areas of Louisiana. It was through one of those venues that Karen met a very talented musician, Reggie Murray. Karen wrote lyrics, collaborated with him on music, and the result was her debut CD "Perfect Bliss," released in 2003. Two more CDs followed, “New Creation” and a Christmas CD titled “Always Christmas”. Karen is currently working on a revision of her fourth CD called "Thinking Out Loud". Because her style is eclectic, and with each new project pushing the musical boundaries. She says age is just a number. So, her mantra is “Why not me, why not this, why not now?”

Karen also attended the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary from 1995 to 1997 where she was taught and mentored by Dr. Valerie Francis. Dr. Francis suggested that Karen study opera but her passion was jazz. She studied at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond Louisiana in 2009, before moving to Fort Worth, Texas for six years, where she began performing jazz standards at local senior facilities. She is a current full-time Music Industry major and Psychology minor at Dillard University. After obtaining her bachelor's degree, she plans to enter graduate school to achieve her Ph.D. in Music Therapy. Her style of “Jazz Moves and Stark Grooves” is unique, and fun, music that everyone likes, and entertainment that promises to deliver and does! Now Karen performs with her husband, Lee Anderson at various venues. Being a webmaster for Algiers Brass Band, LLC, and IIGold Standards, LLC is another of Karen’s notable accomplishments. Karen and Lee, her husband, own these two Limited Liability Companies as well.