In the Summer of 2013 we recorded a number of performances at the Village Bakery’s open air stage in Haines Junction. In this episode we are presenting Whitehorse musician Brenda Lee Katerenchuk.
“Brenda Lee has a rich voice and an extraordinary passion that communicates the message of jazz music in an unforgettable way.”
– Steve Gedrose, Jazz Yukon
Brenda Lee’s unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence. Growing up listening to her drummer father’s big band perform or watching her mother give ball room dancing lessons filled Brenda Lee’s ears with musical spirit. After only 5 years of studying guitar, by the age of 15 Brenda Lee was honoured with 3 Outstanding Performer awards and by age 17 was a silver medalist at the Royal Conservatory of Music in classical guitar. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar and was clearly inspired as she has been teaching guitar professionally since then. Adding vocals was natural for a girl who could belt out with thrilling expression.
Brenda’s released her debut CD titled ‘Five O’Clock Bells’ in 2012.