Not every teenager could write a heartfelt song about dreams for a national foundation that grants wishes to adults with life-threatening conditions, but once you meet 16-year-old Kate Lee of Webster you realize there are no limits to her musical ability.
Kate Lee, a student at Webster Schroeder High School, has played the violin since she was nine, wrote her first song at 13 and performed one of her own compositions with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Kate Lee, who stands only five foot, two inches tall, has a voice that has been compared to that of country singer, Alison Krauss. This Webster teen and Krauss are both talented fiddlers as well.
Kate Lee, who started her musical career by entertaining at local coffee shops when she was 11, has opened for major recording artists and been honored to be one of the youngest people to perform at the famous Bluebird Café and Commodore Grill in Nashville Tennessee. When Allison got word of Kate's music and came out especially to see her perform. She was very pleasant and gave Kate a lot of helpful advice, they went on to spend much of the evening laughing and talking about music.
While Kate Lee was in Nashville for an appearance she also met Linda Sylvester, Executive Director and founder of the Granting Dreams Foundation. She was so impressed with Kate Lee’s talent that she asked if the Webster teen would be interested in writing a theme song for the Foundation’s annual benefit dinner, to be held in October in Nashville. Kate Lee did not hesitate to accept the offer. She admits it was difficult to know where to start to compose a song that would give hope to people who were dealing with a life-threatening illness or condition.
“It was a challenge to write about such a strong subject,” Kate Lee said.
However she said something “magical” happened while she and her dad, who co-writes many of her songs, were struggling to find the right melody. “We had a melody that we had come up with awhile ago that never worked out to be a song,” Kate Lee explained. “We decided to try it with some words that we had written and they fit perfectly together. The words gave life to that melody.”
The song that Kate Lee and her dad composed, titled “When You Dream”, was recently recorded at Linden Oaks Studio in Penfield and Kate Lee had three outstanding musicians, Billy Goodness, Ethan Porter and Mark Terranova, accompany her on the recording. "Performing it live at the Granting Dreams Foundation’s gala event in October was exciting," said Kate Lee.
For more information about the Granting Dreams Foundation's Gala Event and how you can help, please visit http://www.grantingdreams.org
"Hopefully my song will inspire those who hear it." said Kate Lee.“The song’s message is that all of your hopes and dreams are never lost, no matter what you are going through.”
See Kate Lee recording and performing the song "When You Dream" ~Top photo Courtesy of Chesler Photography