33: Extraordinary Is Not An Accident - Confession with Kandi Lee
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Our guest... Kandi Lee
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Kandi Lee is as fiery and fierce as a blade forged in fire. Born in Los Angeles, CA, her father noticed how spectacular his daughter's vocal range was from a very young age. He desperately wanted her to share his love of Country music, but she was not touched by it. Once she discovered the legendary artist who sang with the same passion and raw emotion that she did, she finally understood her father’s hope for her. That voice – the voice of Patsy Cline, resonated and set the tone for her future in music.
As a child, Kandi Lee’s radio streamed the sounds of powerhouse singers such as Aretha Franklin, Wynonna Judd, and Karen Carpenter. She poured all her aspirations and energy toward one day recording an album of her own. She spent most of her childhood in Europe attending German schools and traveling with her talent across the globe, performing live on television and radio. At 18, Kandi Lee moved to "Music City" to take her music career more seriously. Nashville, TN, marked the ground for her footprint in the industry and the magic milestone of becoming a mom.
This new responsibility was a gift. Kandi Lee knew she only had one opportunity to become the mother her child deserved. She put her recording dreams on hold and rerouted her family of two, to Las Vegas, NV, to be closer to immediate family. In 2004, with a vast sense of duty and purpose, Kandi Lee had the vision to embark upon a new venture. She looked at her bank account and saw $1.11 to her name. She took the $1.11, then placed it in an envelope under her pillow. This reality initiated a paradigm shift to her purpose and vision. She refused to allow herself to be limited by a bank account or circumstances.
Kandi Lee went on to create the One-Eleven Network, where she became a personal and professional development coach. Through leadership, speaking, training and business strategy consulting, the One-Eleven Network empowers individuals and organizations with the tools and mindset to take both personal and professional results to the next level. Despite all the awards and recognition she and the Network have achieved over the years, Kandi Lee's greatest accomplishment has been reaching these goals as a single “mompreneur.”
Her path came full circle when she once again took to the stage and her voice caught the ear of widely recognized Grammy-winning Producer Jeffery Weber. Kandi Lee had been actively auditioning throughout Los Angeles, but kept facing Producers in pursuit of the next "Disney Star." Weber though... heard her vocals and knew this was a voice as unique as the singer behind it. After tireless coaching and studio sessions with the 35-year music veteran, Kandi Lee's vocals became a blend reminiscent of her favorite heroines. This camaraderie sparked she and Weber to then write and record her life story onto a first album.
Kandi Lee released the "Dirty Little Secret" single on Sexual Assault Awareness Day 2018, donning a message near and dear to her now public journey. Written over the course of two years, the album stands as an anthem for social justice. Each track plays an emotional part of her history, addressing inequality and misogynistic imprudence that was once acceptable in our society.
Having recently launched her No More Entertainment Record Label and Legacy Television Project, Kandi Lee is now in the thick of producing "Rise Up With Me," a transformational talent competition. Never before has a music competition program woven personal development into its coaching format and provided compassion and support to fuel emotions that generate a legitimate transformation in contestants. Rather than being a typical reality show chock-full of drama, "Rise Up With Me" will be a movement that provokes universal change and possibility.
A self-proclaimed "HAVE TO" Artist, Kandi Lee represents the like-minded inspiration and empowerment behind Hollywood's #TimesUp, #MeToo, #NoMore, and #WhyWeWearBlack movement. She knows it's never late to the join the party and knows the best way to deliver her message is through music.
Stay committed to your truth.
Wow. Wow. Wow. I can't wait to hear what you think about this conversation!
Kandi brings with her an amazing personal and professional development background, mixed with her inner rocker, and it is truly something special.
She explains why sometimes you have to fire people from your life.
Kandi and her producer Jeff Weber are are launching an online TV show called Rise Up With Me. Stay tuned for links on how to watch this fall.
HER ALBUM RELEASES THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE! For a sneak peak, you can listen to her single, "Dirty Little Secret" on YouTube HERE.
Advice From Kandi
Give yourself a timeline to freak out, and then get over it.