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Backstage of Same Side music video
|Birth name||Ekaterina Lee (Екатерина Валерьевна Ли)|
|Born||December 7, 1984|
|Genres||Electronic experimental dance|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, fashion designer|
Ekaterina Lee is a Russian singer-songwriter and fashion designer, professionally known as Katya Lee (Катя Ли), or KATYA. She began her career in 2006, after being discovered by a producer, while singing in a nightclub in Saint-Petersburg. The next day she was flown to Moscow, where she became a member of the nationally known pop/dance band Hi-Fi. Her first performance with Hi-Fi was on the Kremlin stage, which included a solo performance of the song Vzletai (Взлетай). With the introduction of KATYA, Hi-Fi changed their format and made her the first lead vocalist in the group's history. For the next four and a half years, she toured throughout the world, performing in more than 20 countries. Hi-Fi's music could be heard on all of the major radio stations across Russia, and KATYA was featured in magazines, on the radio, and in hundreds of television interviews. Hi-Fi performances were shown on: TV show Saturday night live on Channel 2 Russia, TV show dance on Muz-TV, New Year on NTV, TV show Comedy club on TNT Channel Russia, Uralskie Pelmeni (TV show).
In 2010, KATYA left Hi-Fi after being invited to join the all-girl pop act Fabrika (Фабрика), which was enjoying a period of large-scale success. As a member of Fabrika, KATYA was featured in worldwide media, including Billboard, Play Boy, Rolling Stone, FHM, Hello, Ok, Grazia, Maxim, Star hit, and others. Fabrika performed at: TV music series "The Treasure of the Nation" on channel 2 Russia, TV Show Star Factory on Channel 1 Russia, Saturday Night Live Channel 2 Russia, Comedy Club on TNT Channel Russia, Music Box Russia, MTV Russia, STS Russia, REN-TV Russia.
In 2010 KATYA started designing clothes for Fabrika, and in 2013, she produced and directed her own fashion show in Moscow.
She left the band and moved to New York to work on her solo career after releasing the single "Ne rodis krasivoy" single which got nominated for and won a Golden Gramophone award in 2014.(Russian version of Grammys awards)
Her first performance in the United States was at Blue Note café in New York's West Village performing her original compositions. She later performed at Cielo nightclub in NYC's meatpacking district, Output in Brooklyn's trendy Williamsburg, followed by numerous other performances including Burning Man 2015 and then again at Burning Man 2016 on the White Ocean stage.
KATYA is currently working on a Solo EP with Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother and 2-time Grammy-winning Producer Matt Shane. She is also scheduled to appear as Ophelia in the upcoming production of the musical Hamlet in 2017.
- Даль, Борис (19 October 2015), "Спектр Кати Ли: Чем заняться русской певице в Соединенных Штатах", Rolling Stone
- Cover Story of Collective Hub Magazine Australia
- Paparazzi magazine online version
- News in Hello Magazine Russia
- Freak of Russian pop
- Cover story for XXL magazine Russia
- Vzletai (Взлетай) 2006
- Po seldom (По следам) 2006
- Pravo na schastie ( Право на счастье ) 2007
- Nam pora (Нам пора) 2008
- Mi ne angeli (Мы не ангелы) 2008
- Sedmoi lepestok Remix (Седьмой лепесток) 2008
- Zabitii sentyabr (Забытый сентябрь) 2009
- Ali-Baba (Али-Баба) 2009
- Zaceluu (Я тебя зацелую) 2010
- Ostanovki (Остановки) 2011
- On a ero ja (Она это я) 2012
- Filmi o lubvi (Фильмы о любви) 2012
- Ne rods krasivoi (Не родись красивой) 2013
- Same Side 2015
- Lovely Day 2015
- Little Phoenix 2015
- A Dream 2016