I don't sing
because I'm happy;
I'm happy
because I sing. - William James, Father of American Psychology

Janet Lee

As a stage performer and vocalist, Janet specialises in vintage music, regularly performing the great songs from the 1920s to 1960s. Her unique musicality and vocals allow her to always be in her element with such diverse musical genres as the American Songbook Standards, Broadway Show Tunes, Operatic Arias, Art Songs and even the Bossa Nova and Shanghai Jazz. Coupled with her flair for languages, Janet is also able to sing the songs of various cultures in their native tongue with ease, frequently offering audiences the best of all worlds.

As a theatre performer, Janet has appeared in landmark stage productions as Lulu in I Have A Date With Spring and Yin Xin in Butterfly Lovers by Dama Asia Productions, as The Little Mermaid in PAN Productions' Always In Wonderland? The Musical, M! The Opera by Saidah Rastam, The Magic Flute Concert by KLPac, and The Merry Widow" by Lyric Opera Malaysia. She was also part of PAN Productions' Wizard Of Oz, In Perfect Harmony – A Malaysian Musical Journey by Dama Asia Productions, Tosca by Lyric Opera Malaysia, Turandot by Penang Arts Council, Pygmalion The Musical by KLPac, Broadway Parodies Lagi Lah! by Actors Studio Theatre, and Nick Choo's workshop production of The Edge The Musical as Deanna. Janet appeared in films The Last Communist by Amir Muhammad and Red Street Diner by Fergus Ong.

Janet is a consummate cabaret performer of the East-meets-West repertoire of Popular Mandarin Music of 1920s -1950s and of American songbook show tunes. In 2012, she conceptualised and successfully presented The Shanghai Jazz Songbook Tour series with jazz pianist and arranger Hin Ee Jeng, performing to full houses at various venues.  In 2013, Janet collaborated with renowned jazz pianist and composer Tay Cher Siang, to create a new show titled Shanghai Jazz Redefined for an international audience at the 7th Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival.

Since 2014, Janet has spearheaded a cabaret group, The Shanghai Sisters, with fellow performers Winnie Ho and May Mow. The group performs a trilingual repertoire of Old Shanghai, Grand Malaya and Romantic Hollywood, working closely with renowned Malaysian jazz ensemble WVC.

Janet has been heard performing in Bangkok, Perth, Phnom Penh, Penang, Kuantan, Melaka, Ipoh, Johor, Kuching, Kuala Lumpur, Seremban, Sabah and Singapore; and at various halls such as Istana Budaya, KLPac, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, KLCC, Actors Studio Theatre (Bangsar & Lot 10), Genting International Showroom, Genting Arena of Stars, Chin Woo Stadium, Chinese Assembly Hall, Dewan Sri Penang and His Majesty's Theatre (Perth, Australia).

Janet received the Trinity College of London's Outstanding Achiever's Award and earned a Distinction in the Trinity College of London's Performer's Certificate exams. She has trained with baritone Cha Seng Tiang, and soprano Cecilia Yap.

Janet has released two studio albums to date: Restless Heart in 2015 and Cinnabar Rouge in April 2017. She has staged and produced two solo concerts – Restless Heart, A Solo Concert by Janet Lee & Cinnabar Rouge, A Cabaret by Janet Lee in conjunction with the album releases, both concerts played to packed houses and rave reviews.

Credentials
- Notable Themed Performances

  • Thailand Convention & Exhibition Cocktail Dinner 2017 "A Solemn Jazz Evening with Thai King Bhumibol's Music"
  • Enfin by James Won & Hennesey V.O.S.P. 2016 "Shanghai Shanghai with Janet Lee"
  • Royal Selangor Golf Club 2016 "Ye Shanghai with Janet Lee"
  • Mah Sing Group Berhad Annual Dinner 2015 "Gatsby Goes Shanghai"
  • Petronas IPTC Award Presentation & Conference Dinner 2014 "The Great Malaya"
  • Mercedes-Benz STYLO Fashion Grand Prix 2014 "Who's Gatsby? A 1920s vintage party"
  • Benefit San Francisco Secret Product Launch 2014 "They're real! Sexy Bossa party"
  • Genting-STYLO Valentine's Day Party 2014 "A 1950s Shanghai Romance"
  • U Mobile Chinese New Year Gala 2014 "Shanghai Night"
  • Epson Malaysia Dealers' Night 2014 "1920s Great Gatsby Vintage"
  • 60th Birthday Party for H. Harun @ 2014 "Jessica Rabbit goes to 1950s nightclub"
  • KK Jazz Festival 2013 "Shanghai Jazz Redefined"
  • Inner Wheel Club District 330 Dinner 2013 "Moulin Rouge 1940s party"
  • Volkswagen CC Launch 2012 "Grand Opera Diva opening performance"
  • Bell & Ross party 2011 "Rebirth of A Classic - A 1950s Party"

Concerts, Festivals, Recitals

  • Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival (KWJF) – The Shanghai Sisters Kuching, Sarawak
  • Cinnabar Rouge by Janet Lee Old Town Grand, Melaka
  • A Music Retrospective by Gardens Theatre – The Shanghai Sisters Gardens Theatre
  • The Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein by MPO Petronas Philharmonic Hall
  • Cinnabar Rouge – A Cabaret by Janet Lee Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC)
  • We Very Christmas Concert Tour by WVC Jazz Ensemble Ipoh, KL, Melaka & Penang
  • Musings: Janet Lee & Tay Cher Siang Theatre Lounge Cafe
  • The First Anniversary Ballet Concert by the students of The Royal Durian Academy of Ballet Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC)
  • The Shanghai Sisters In Concert Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC)
  • Back To Theatre with Janet Lee No Black Tie & Forbidden City KL
  • Cinnabar Rouge by Janet Lee & WVC (Gardens Theatre Music Festival 2016) Gardens Theatre
  • A Retro Music Evening with WVC & Janet Lee (23rd Music & Dance Festival by KK Music Society) Kota Kinabaru, Sabah
  • WVC Live @ KLPAC: Waiting For That Day Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC)
  • Restless Heart – A Solo Concert by Janet Lee Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC)
  • 4-Sekawan: Growing Pains And Such – “Intimate Encounters” Theatre Lounge Cafe
  • Shanghai Jazz Songbook – “Intimate Encounters” Theatre Lounge Cafe
  • Shanghai Jazz Redefined KK Jazz Festival, No Black Tie, Alexis Ampang, Geographer Cafe
  • The Shanghai Jazz Songbook Tour No Black Tie, Hakka Republic, Alexis Ampang, Nerofico
  • A Date with Four Singing Skirts Annexe Gallery
  • Shangbaya! Kebaya Jazz goes Shanghai by Ida Mariana & Janet Lee The Venue, Pavilion
  • Musical Chairs For Four with Peter Ong, Janet Lee, Stephanie Van Driesen & Lynn Tan The Venue, Pavilion
  • To The Theatre with Janet Lee The Venue, Pavilion
  • A Portraits of Song No Black Tie
  • HSBC Classics, Chopin Dan Lain Lain Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC)
  • Replay: An Evening of Acoustic Covers Actors Studio Theatre, Lot 10
Music Repertoire
Jazz standards (ENG, FRE)
Shanghai Jazz (MAN)
Malay Oldies
Broadway tunes
Classical (ENG, FRE, ITA, GER)

Theatre Roles

  • Cast in That’s Entertainment Pan Productions
  • Lulu in I Have A Date With Spring Musical Dama Asia Productions
  • YinXin in Butterfly Lovers The Musical Dama Asia Productions
  • Ensemble in Wizard Of Oz The Musical Pan Productions
  • Ensemble in In Perfect Harmony: A Malaysian Musical Journey Dama Asia Productions
  • The Little Mermaid in Always In Wonderland? The Musical Pan Productions
    Lulu in I Have A Date With Spring Musical (Perth, Australia) Dama Asia Productions
  • Lulu in I Have A Date With Spring Musical Dama Asia Productions
  • Featured Ensemble in Broadway Parodies Lagi Lah! Actors Studio Theatre
    Deanna in The Edge The Musical by Nick Choo (A workshop production) Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC)
  • YinXin in Butterfly Lovers The Musical Dama Asia Productions
    Papagena & Second Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute Concert Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC)
  • YinXin in Butterfly Lovers The Musical Dama Asia Productions
    Ensemble in M! The Opera by Saidah Rastam Surprised Voice
  • Chorus Girl in Pygmalion The Musical Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC)
  • Slyvianne in The Merry Widow (Franz Lehar) Lyric Opera Malaysia
    Chorus in Turandot (Puccini) Lyric Opera Malaysia
  • Chorus in Tosca (Puccini) Penang Arts Council
Musical Personalities
Jazz Age Gatsby
Old Shanghai Glam
Sultry Jessica Rabbit
Cool Bossa Nova
Romantic Old Hollywood
Operatic Diva
Vivacious 1950s Cabaret
Old Malayan

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