Osoyoos songwriter enters new tune into popular CBC songwriting contest

By on April 4, 2014
Kansas Lee played at Market on Main last summer in this file photo. At left, she is accompanied by her boyfriend Mason Orr. (Keith Lacey file photo)

Kansas Lee played at Market on Main last summer in this file photo. At left, she is accompanied by her boyfriend Mason Orr. (Keith Lacey file photo)

Kansas Lee hopes her song called The Wrong Place ends up putting her in the right place when it comes to her burgeoning musical career.

The talented Osoyoos singer-songwriter has entered the song The Wrong Place, which she just composed a couple of weeks ago, into the CBC Searchlight songwriting contest.

Osoyoos and area music fans can vote for Lee’s tune until Sunday night by going online and visiting www.cbcmusic.ca/Searchlight

Once you reach the webpage, scroll down and look for Lee’s name and you can vote for her beautiful acoustic ballad written after spending a rare night in a bar a couple of weeks ago.

“I’m not the kind to go out much as I would much rather chill at home and write music or paint and be creative,” said Lee, who has been playing at Market on Main and numerous Osoyoos events over the past several years.

“But one of my girlfriends talked me into going out to a bar in Oliver, so I went and heard the bartender say something to the effect “if you want to change your life, you’ve come to the wrong place. I told my girlfriend to write that down because it caught my ear and I thought I could use that line to write a song.”

Lee, 20, has been writing songs for as long as she can remember.

“I’ve been trying to write songs since I can remember how to put words and sentences together,” she said. “And I wrote a lot of songs when I was 14 and 15, but I’ve become much more seriously recently as I realize the songs I wrote when I was a young teenager weren’t really all that serious.

“I’m trying to get to the point when I can look back and be proud of what I’ve written and be part of a style that is my own.”

Despite her young age, Lee said her musical inspiration and songwriting heroes are mainly legends who were around long before she was born.

“The people I look up most to are legends like Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and The Band,” she said. “Almost anything from the classic period in the 1960s I really love.

“I’m also into alternative music and bands like Fleet Foxes and Mumford and Sons, who write such amazing tunes.”

Lee said moving on to the second round of the Searchlight contest would be fantastic and she’s hoping Osoyoos and area supporters will go online and cast votes for her tune.

Lee spent several months in 2013 travelling and busking in California. Lee and her boyfriend, Mason Orr, who is also a talented and aspiring musician, played music in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Monica and also played a few gigs in Arizona on their way back to Osoyoos.

Lee is hoping to save money over the next year as she plans to travel to Europe in 2015 and then try to land gigs on the festival circuit in B.C. next summer.

Local teenager Kayla Turnbull also has a song entered in the contest called Into the Wild. The acoustic ballad is also very well done and shows Osoyoos has talent.

KEITH LACEY

Osoyoos Times

 

 

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