Inessa Lee

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Inessa Lee
Liza Fox at Egyptian Theater Hollywood in 2013.jpg
Background information
BornMarch 13
Surgut, Russia
GenresDance, pop, electronica
Years activeInessa Lee
2012-2013 — Princess X
2014-2016 — Liza Fox

Inessa Lee (formerly Liza Fox) is a Russian-born singer-songwriter best known for her American Idol appearance and her U.S. Billboard and U.K. Music Week charting singles "Gimme All (Ring My Bell)," "Dynamite," and "I Am Not I."


2010-2011 American Idol and "Insane in F#"[edit]

The singer gained international fame in early 2011 as a result of her appearance on the tenth season of the television series American Idol as the first contestant from San Francisco. MTV News portrays her as a "sexy video vixen."[1]

Her song "Insane in F#" was aired on November 5, 2011 in the Lifetime original movie Cheyenne,[2] a part of Five (for the Cure),[3] directed by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne's World).

2011 "You Turn Me On"[edit]

In 2011, the singer co-wrote "You Turn Me On" that was nominated for a 2011 HMMA Hollywood Music in Media Award (Dance Category)[4] and was a finalist in the 2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition (Dance/Electronica).[5]

In October 2013, the singer released a machinima music video "You Turn Me On"[6] filmed by Pia Klaar based on the song of the same title in the 3D virtual world Second Life.

"You Turn Me On" has been featured in commercials for CBS TV shows including Big Bang Theory, Good Wife, How I Met Your Mother, The Millers, The Price Is Right, Undercover Boss, The Young and the Restless.

2012-2013 "Gimme All (Ring My Bell)"[edit]

In 2012, the singer co-wrote "Gimme All (Ring My Bell)" - a modern interpolation of the disco-era classic "Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward.[7] The song peaked at No. 9 the U.K. Music Week Commercial Pop chart in February 2013 and stayed for 7 weeks on the chart.[8] "Gimme All (Ring My Bell)" peaked at No. 12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in April 2013 and stayed for 9 weeks on the chart.[9]

In February 2013, a 2-D mobile game "Be.X" was released.[10] It features remixes by Ralphi Rosario, Mark Picchiotti, Almighty, and Hoxton Whores.[11]

2013 "Free"[edit]

On July 4, 2013, the singer released her single "Free"[12] based on the 1991 dance hit "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)". Dedicated to peace, love, and freedom, the provocative music video "Free" featuring Barack Obama, Marilyn Monroe, and Pope Francis has been viewed over a million times on YouTube.[13]

In January 2014, a 3-D mobile game "FREE-D" featuring the single was released.[14] FREE-D is a play on words: "Free" + "3-D".

2014 "Dynamite"[edit]

On May 19, 2014, Liza Fox's "Динамит" premiered on the StarPro channel.[15] On November 21, the English version "Dynamite" premiered on the Cat Music channel in Romania.[16] The song was written by Radu Sîrbu and Ana Sîrbu; and produced by Radu Sîrbu (a former band member of O-Zone).

Dynamite peaked at No. 33 on the U.K. Music Week Upfront Club chart in March 2015, and stayed for a total of 8 weeks on the chart.[17] The Ruff Loaderz remix peaked at No. 11 on U.S. iTunes HOT 100 Weekly Chart (Electronic) on May 17, 2015.[18]

In the July 30, 2015 episode of the TalentWatch TV Show serving music fans on Dish Network, Comcast TV and AT&T U-verse, host Alyssa Jacey praised Liza Fox as "the protector of abused women" in her Dynamite music video.[19]

2015-2016 "Unlimited", "I Am Not I" and "Liza Fox Presents DJ Mixes, Vol. 1"[edit]

On May 22, 2015, the single "Unlimited", in collaboration with Italian DJ Mario Romano from the Italian trio Tacabro, premiered on the CDF Records channel in Italy.[20] The Jus Grata remix of "Unlimited" was chosen by TuneCore to be included in the album "Summer Jams 2015: A TuneCore Artist Compilation" exclusively on[21]

The 6-song album I Am Not I was released on August 6 with rave reviews.[22] DJ Robert Scott called it "a marvelous pop/dance affair of the highest order,"[23] MusicDish considered it "the true epic of Liza Fox and her struggle",[24] Hollywood Weekly praised that it "brings a hypnotic beat and mesmerizing music... like Liza's colorful personality, her songs also exhibit each distinctive color shining in the rainbow,"[25] and Computers in Entertainment predicted that "it will surely become a rage in the EDM circuits."[26]

On September 17, Liza Fox released on Beatport her first LP titled Liza Fox Presents DJ Mixes, Vol. 1 featuring DJ Wideboys, Jus Grata, Ruff Loaderz, WestFunk, Meed Diggo, Max Lazarev, Ralphi Rosario, Almighty, Mark Picchiotti, Hoxton Whores, Luigie Gonzalez, and Mike Burns.[27]

In October 2015, I Am Not I reached #1 on ReverbNation's U.S. and worldwide EDM charts. In November 2015, the song peaked at #15 on the U.K. Music Week Commercial Pop Chart. In March 2016, the song peaked at #41 on the U.S. Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2011 Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) Best Dance Song "You Turn Me On" Nominated
2011 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Dance/Electronica "You Turn Me On" Finalist
2012 Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) Best Dance Song "Gimme All (Ring My Bell)" Nominated
2012 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Dance/Electronica "Gimme All (Ring My Bell)" Semi-Finalist
2013 Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) Best Dance Song "Free" Nominated



Single Year
"Insane in F#" 2010
"You Turn Me On" 2011
"Gimme All (Ring My Bell)" 2012, 2013
"Free" 2013
"Динамит" ("Dynamite") 2014
"Unlimited" 2015
"I Am Not I" 2015


  • Liza Fox Presents DJ Mixes, Vol. 1 (2015)
  1. "I Am Not I (Wideboys Club Mix)"
  2. "I Am Not I (Jus Grata Mix)"
  3. "Coffee Face (Jus Grata Mix)"
  4. "Super Jazz (Jus Grata Mix)"
  5. "Seize the Moment (Jus Grata Mix)"
  6. "Unlimited (Jus Grata Remix)"
  7. "Dynamite (Ruff Loaderz Club Mix)"
  8. "Dynamite (WestFunk Club Mix)"
  9. "Dynamite (Meed Diggo & Max Lazarev Club Mix)"
  10. "Gimme All (Ring My Bell) [Ralphi Rosario Vocal Mix]"
  11. "Gimme All (Ring My Bell) [Ralphi Rosario Dub Mix]"
  12. "Gimme All (Ring My Bell) [Almighty Club Mix]"
  13. "Gimme All (Ring My Bell) [Mark Picchiotti Remix]"
  14. "Gimme All (Ring My Bell) [Hoxton Whores Club Mix]"
  15. "You Turn Me On (Luigie Gonzalez Club Mix)"
  16. "You Turn Me On (Mike Burns Mix)"
  17. "Free (Luigie Gonzalez Mix)"


As Liza Fox and Jus Grata

  1. "I Am Not I"
  2. "Coffee Face"
  3. "Love Gun"
  4. "Seize the Moment"
  5. "Super Jazz"
  6. "Unlimited (Jus Grata Remix)"


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  2. ^ "Penelope Spheeris on Wanting to Direct "Cheyanne"". Lifetime Movie Network. 2011.
  3. ^ Cina, Mark (2011-03-29). "Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore to Direct Breast Cancer Short Films for Lifetime". The Hollywood Reporter.
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  12. ^ "Free". iTunes.
  13. ^ "Liza Fox - Free [Music Video]". YouTube.
  14. ^ "Be.X [Android Game]". Google Play.
  15. ^ "Liza Fox - Динамит [Music Video]". StarPro.
  16. ^ "Liza Fox - Dynamite (Video)". Cat Music.
  17. ^ "U.K. Music Week Charts".
  18. ^ "U.S. iTunes HOT 100 Weekly Chart (Electronic)".
  19. ^ "TalentWatch TV Show (July 30, 2015)". TalentWatch.
  20. ^ "Unlimited". CDF Records.
  21. ^ "Summer Jams 2015: A TuneCore Artist Compilation".
  22. ^ "Jus Grata feat. Liza Fox - I Am Not I". YouTube.
  23. ^ "Affair Of The Highest Order Shines Light On Bipolar Disorder". Top40 Charts.
  24. ^ "MusicDish Review: "I Am Not I" By Liza Fox". Music Industry News Network.
  25. ^ "Liza Fox Puts a Spell on You". Hollywood Weekly.
  26. ^ "Apple Music and Indie Artists". Computers in Entertainment.
  27. ^ "Liza Fox Presents DJ Mixes, Vol. 1". Beatport.