Anastasia Lee has proven time and time again that her lush vocal sound is one to effortlessly remember.
Beginning her music career as a young student, Anastasia Lee has always been drawn to her ultimate calling: singing. As a young music artist who shocks and amazes many with her ability to perform music residing in various genres, as well as various languages, Anastasia Lee can ultimately be described as an artist with extreme versatility.
Focusing her recent efforts on adult contemporary/pop music, the release of her latest cover song will come as no surprise to avid listeners of Anastasia. Anastasia Lee has released her luscious rendition of Art Garfunkel's "All I Know". With a vocal performance that feels and sounds full of smooth eloquence, Anastasia Lee is able to establish a cohesive chordal illustration for the entirety of the cover.
The piano melody is held with consistent equilibrium, which allows the voice of Anastasia Lee to find the spotlight much easier. The flowing integration of other instrumentals is what creates the orchestrated productional effect, allowing Anastasia Lee to craft an even more exquisite performance. All in all, the cover Anastasia has chosen to perform had fit her artistic persona in the best way possible, making us anticipated for the next release she chooses to pour her feverous passion into.
Hello Anastasia and thank you for joining us at BuzzMusic. What would you say was the ultimate calling you had in order to produce the cover of Art Garfunkel's "All I Know"? Does this particular song have a special meaning to you? How did you hope your listeners would resonate with the cover choice?
This song was suggested to me by a very good friend of mine that I’ve known for 8 years now. Since I had just started high school. Do I dedicate it to him? Yes, the “tree hugger” I refer to in the YouTube video description. Same person. In many ways, he’s changed my life for the better, so, heck. It’s the least I could do.
I hoped my listeners would react exactly the way they have. This song shows a much deeper side of my contralto voice that some of my other songs don’t. So far, most people have reacted very well to it.
Admiring such a versatile list of artists, including Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Selena Quintanilla, how would you describe the way your music is ultimately influenced by these artists? What kinds of inspiration do you extract?
How is my music influenced by such artists? Wow. Tough question. For me personally, I’ve taken some aspects of each singer or group and applied them to my own career or my trio (Tre Principesse)’s career. Whether it’s in how I treat my fans (taking a page out of Elvis’ and Selena Quintanilla’s book there) or whether it’s in the variety of the music I sing (ala The Beatles), if you look hard enough, you’ll find many musical inspirations throughout my YouTube channel.
Hm... who’s another good example... well if you listen to my earlier YouTube recordings from when I was a child, you’ll see that I sounded very heavy voices and operatic all the time. Whereas the past few years, I’ve been listening to artists such as Olivia Newton-John and Paul McCartney, and I’ve been applying their softer vocal techniques to my recordings and stage shows. Karen Carpenter, I sing much of her music. She was a contralto, like me, and we both suffered from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. So in some ways, the inspiration I draw from my favorite musical artists is just the ability to keep pushing through. To try to overcome what they struggled with, and what I too struggle with.
How did you feel that "All I Know" challenged you as a music artist?
All I Know by Art Garfunkel challenged me as a musical artist in that it’s at almost the very bottom of my range. And it’s a very quiet song. No belting. No shouting. And I had to tone down my usual voice (google my rendition of Never Enough) to suit the song.
Knowing that you're an avid performer of cover songs, which song do you believe will be your next choice to produce and perform?
I actually have numerous recordings in the can and ready to be released right now. I’ll leak a couple. “Journey to the Past” from Anastasia (you may know the rendition by Aaliyah) and “Moon River” by Audrey Hepburn. And I have many more I the works. Including originals actually.
What has been keeping you inspired in 2020?
In 2020, what’s keeping me inspired, more than anything, are my friends. I’m an introvert, but I need that genuine interaction with my few good friends. It makes me more optimistic and hopeful. I wore “Dorothy’s ruby slippers” (The Wizard of Oz) for my college graduation photos (my graduation was canceled due to COVID) this weekend to represent that hope. Because that’s what the shoes represent. Hope.