The Early Years

Her oldest brother Pat was one of her greatest inspirations. She spent hours in Pat's room listening to Queen with the volume on 10 singing at the top of her lungs and learned how to play drums on a set that he had.

Sandy Lee began playing country and western music professionally at Johnny D's in Somerville, MA at age fifteen. At eighteen she was featured in a number of country bands in New England and performed in Salisbury, ME and Newburyport, MA on a regular basis. She also had a weekly gig as a soloist at a club in Cambridge, MA called "The Original" where her father hung out (never doubt the comfort of a dependable audience!). Sandy Lee joined a pop/rock band called the Chasers who became a successful local MA cover band. She played drums for a few songs while the drummer came out to sing and had a great time.

Hitting The Road

Sandy Lee co-founded her next band "Sandy Starr" with John DeChristopher, who recently retired from being the worldwide artist relations manager for Zildjian cymbals. The band had great success as one of the better Top 40 cover bands in the New England area and then they played fulltime all over the US for a few years. An experience that Sandy Lee hopes and thinks that every musician must experience to feel what it means to be a true musician.

She moved to LA in the mid-eighties and got a job at a recording studio in North Hollywood and met incredible artists whom she had idolized and been inspired by all her life (Don Henley, John Denver, Alice Cooper, to name a few). While doing backup vocals she met an amazing musician by the name of John Manikoff. They started together singing and writing together and co-wrote a deeply sentimental song about Sandy Lee’s sister Sue which she plays to this day when performing solo.

Return to Boston

When Sandy Lee moved back to Boston she was re-acquainted with a friend of her father invested in her career. She recorded the song co-written with John Manikoff along with a song for the producer on her B side. A record company did have interest, but it never gained enough velocity to breakout.

Sandy Lee put music completely on hold for a while as her family grew. After things stabilized she joined a band called Synergy and really enjoyed being back on stage again. The band was good, but it was a huge struggle to balance parenting, working and a music so again she stepped away from the stage.

Back To The Music

In time, she joined a funk/dance band called FM. It was a fantastic experience, but the genre was different than anything she had done before and didn’t feel right. She spent some time in a dance band called Cheers which featured her and a talent girl named Diana up front. They played to sequences of top 40 tunes which was great fun, but stress of playing clubs, working full time and an expanding family put things on hold again.

She finally found a working band that fit very neatly into her life “DoubleVision”. DoubleVision was a very busy wedding band and although it felt vocally challenging, she knew it was perfect for her immediately. The guys are like brothers and have remained close friends for over a decade.

Sandy Lee has also spent quite a bit of time with Jeff Williams and their daughter Casey Lee Williams in the studio recording and writting songs for the soundtracks for the Red vs. Blue animated series from Rooster Teeth and recently the aclaimed RWBY season one soundtrack. In the summer of 2012 Sandy Lee, her daugher Casey Lee (vocals), her son John DeChistopher, Jr. (drums) and Jeff Williams went out to RTX 2012 in Austin, TX to perform their work live with he rest of the very talented band for thousands of enthusiastic Red vs. Blue fans.

Today

Sandy Lee rejoined some of her Cheers band mates a couple of years ago and they got back into sequencing thing and the formation of great Top 40 dance band named “The Synergy Band” or Synergy for short. That band has seen several changes over the last year and Sandy continues to have fun with Synergy as they reinvent themselves going into 2014.

Sandy Lee continues to perform solo and with her daughter Casey Lee Williams in the Eastern MA. and Southern NH. area. She brings to the stage her diverse life experience and expresses it through her music. She loves the personal closeness of her audience at her solo performances and always delivers a memorable experience.