Critics call her confident, edgy, and commanding. Her soul-bearing lyrics put her in a pedigreed lineage of confessional singer songwriters that have come before her. Ani DiFranco, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Carole King remain unforgettable due to their deeply personal declarations of independence. Seattle's Bee Simonds is no different. Confronting the dimly lit corners of life and love, Bee gathers a handpicked variety of styles beneath her rock-driven compositions in her most recent release, "Pillars" which is broadly appealing to sophisticated audiences from Seattle to Paris. Folk-based ballads and spoken word compositions deliver emotionally compelling substance hip and edgy enough to keep things interesting without compromising mainstream appeal. Her music provides authentic rebellion as the echo of courage which has defined generations of women daring to reclaim themselves, if not their innocence. It is the signature style of the confessional singer songwriter to use life experience as their muse. Whether it is conscious or by accident - life's implausible qualities are the branding feature of songwriters who embrace, then emancipate life's indiscretions.
Through the looking glass of her childhood as a two-time champion in the California State Talent Competition and reigning as Little Miss California all before she was eleven years old, Bee has been singing most of her life. "I won for my talent, not for my charm, to be certain," she remembers with a smile. "I was a tomboy with short hair and scrapes on my knees." Her charmed and youthful adventures came complete with a rabbit hole, in which Bee tumbled to some dark, lonely places. Landing on her feet, she found herself center stage, guitar in hand by age nineteen. For the past eight years, Bee has put that fantastic realm to good use riding the star she was born under. From Spokane to San Francisco, Bee has performed along the west coast in contemporary- morphed and influential bands including Bee & Camille, Henry Bee No One, C. S. Bee, and Young Lust. She wrote the theme song for "The Choke," a horror film she also acted in. For two years she worked as a television jockey for the WB network. Since the release of Pillars in 2007, Bee has graced the stage of Seattle's most formative clubs, including The Tractor Tavern, Showbox, and Neumos. In February 2008, Bee collaborated with Seattle photographer Nathan Feder in his debut exhibit held in Paris. This significant alliance wove an aesthetic between two cultures renowned for artistic achievement. Many of Seattle's most prominent and rising talent line up to work with Bee illustrating she possesses extraordinary tangible and intangible qualities branding her as a leader in her own right; and a distinctively nuanced example thriving in Seattle's live music scene.
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