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Ranee Lee: Deep Song: A Tribute to Billie Holiday

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Manifold are the Canadian performers who’ve crossed the 49th parallel to find success, but vocalist and actress Ranee Lee numbers among the comparative few who have made the opposite journey. Born and raised in New York, Lee arrived in Montreal in the late 1970s and has remained, and thrived, ever since.

Lee first captured widespread attention in her adopted homeland in 1988 with her stage performance in Lady Day at the Emerson Bar and Grill, an insightful examination of Billie Holiday’s final days. A year later, when planning her first studio album, Lee understandably opted to shape a Holiday tribute. Result: the stunning Deep Song, revered since its original release nearly a quarter-century ago and now reissued with two bonus tracks.

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