'The Musical Journey'
"Soda Lee has always lived 'Gothic Horror, Music and Magick'.
As a child she was a Tomboy, loved horror movies, and had a deep fascination with the dark realms of the unknown.
While her friends were playing with dolls, and dressing up like Princesses, Soda would always dress up 'Witch and Demon' like...and draw, sing, and write songs of fantasy, and 'scary things'. Her parents occasionally used to wonder what kind of daughter they were raising.
She has also always held a deep alternative mindset to 'Spirituality', which she now releases and shares through her music.
Also being an Aquarian, she has strong opinions on Humanity, Freedom, The Planet, and Life in general.
She finds, the Herstory - History, and philosophy of 'Modern Paganism' a beautiful way to live her life, and channel her music....and her soul.
'A little info about her Creators'
As a young woman, Soda's Mother was a dancer-singer and part time actor, and performed throughout Sydney with her two sisters in somewhat of a musical theater trio. Their highlight being a 2 year residency at the famous Trocadero Nightclub in the early 60s. On meeting Soda;s father, they moved from Sydney to Perth, where she continued singing, but eventually drifted into hotel/ entertainment management, working at the Raffles, the Savoy, The Windsor, and the Charles Hotel.
Soda was a 'late' but much loved baby, who embraced and shared her parents fun life, but at sixteen, she sadly lost her Mum to an aneuryism.
Her Father, besides being an accomplished athlete and International cyclist, having completed two 'Tour de France', and gained second place n the Melbourne '56 Olympics, was also a fabulous dancer, and competent piano player. Their influences evidently passed down to their daughter, as Soda's past acting experience, plus her previous 'day gig' as a fitness consultant-personal trainer, has enabled her to now deliver a passionate, and high energy stage performance.
Soda's music taste is diverse. She first learned piano and dance as a primary school aged child, later learning guitar, as high energy rock music became her artistic obsession.
Her parents loved the 'crooners' and 'Big Band' era of the 40s and 50s. Blues, Latin, Jazz and soul all have a place in her musical heart. A future album of such, is on the agenda, but her true music passion is Hard and Heavy Rock. She was, as are her band members, highly influenced by the early 70s Masters, and with 'Dad's' help, but against his better judgement, she saved for, chose and purchased her first electric guitar at 11 years old. By the age of thirteen, she had formed a 'kid rock band' with close friends, and had written and performed her own original compositions.
She was the epitome, of the budding rock star child, who would rush home from school, lock herself in her room, and practice to Deep Purple 'Made in Japan', Vol. 4 by Black Sabbath, Vol.4 and 'Physical Graffiti' by Led Zeppelin, among many other classics.
A highlight of her early songwriting skills, was winning first and second, with two songs,
in an original song competition held on a local radio station at age 14, one of which,
evolved into 'Club Voodoo', the second track on SPELLBOUND.
She can actually still play her guitar, and does so for songwriting prep, but feels
she never accomplished the level of expectation she held for herself to actually
perform, so It currently hangs on the wall, in the beloved 'Bat Cave' home
studio/rehearsal room, along with a classic bass guitar she also loves.
Nevertheless, she says, 'one cannot define exactly what the future holds,
so playing again is always a possibility on upcoming BELTANE FIRE tracks,
or beyond. Her main vocal influences being Heart, early Ian Gillan,
Paul Rogers, the late and legendary Ronnie James Dio
and more recently Amy Lee and 'Anastacia'.
Soda's dream was always to do exactly what she is now doing.
To write, arrange, produce, and perform, in its entirety, at least one quality,
full length, album of her own original music, which she has now achieved,
despite a lengthy setback, when she developed a rare and unusual vocal disorder,
which completely stole her vocal ability for near ten years, and required
invasive surgery...after which, only to be told her singing voice would never return,
due to scar tissue. After the shock and stress she had already endured,
including cancer fears, the news was devastating.
She never wavered from her goal however, particularly songwriting, and after
many months and hours of intense home practice, failed vocal therapy and
singing lessons, armed with an unstoppable ''Power of Intention', and the
'rebellious determination' she is known for by her friends, over a period of four
years, she literally retrained her own voice to a competent performance level,
until without doubt or hesitation, and with the priceless support and backing of
some very talented friends and accomplished session players, her five year
plan saw the completion, in mid 2015 of debut album SPELLBOUND.
Now, with numerous successful shows on the BELTANE FIRE CV, Soda's voice
has matured to a rich and dynamic resonance, accompanied by a powerful rip,
adding exceptional character and 'timbre' to her overall sound.
With immense 'Universal' gratitude, she has chosen to donate, via her family
owned charity fund, renamed THE BELTANE FOUNDATION, on the passing
of her last Aunt in Sydney in 2010, between 35-50% of all proceeds, to selected
global causes. for which she has always been passionate.
They being, IFAW, WSPA, Oxfam AUST. and specific areas of 'World Vision'
targeting child education, and women's business development in
Due to timing and overseas commitments, SPELLBOUND was officially launched
globally on public radio, from Hamburg, Germany by Live stream, on Halloween 2016.
So BELTANE FIRE was originally a recording project.
A dream, a life long goal, and a personal 'mountain to climb'.
Now, after three line-up changes, and numerous 'auditionees' ....
a necessary process of eliminating 'naysayers' and 'tooth fairies',
the band presents a well seasoned, solid, highly experienced
and committed line-up who skillfully reproduce and showcase the
SPELLBOUND tracks, LIVE, with a colorful and renewed energy,
somewhat improving and adding to the original compositions.
The band as a unit, joyfully and enthusiastically anticipates,
without expectation, whatever it may be, the 'blessed' future has in stall..
and it's all looking rather promising. With the recent return of Soda
and drummer, Leroy, from Europe and the U.S. where they performed
individually, in Germany, Switzerland and Ireland ... and as we near the twilight
of the year 2017, a new 'Musical Journey' begins. With a second album already
in the works, and a clear direction, BELTANE FIRE looks forward to what lies
ahead in its much enjoyed hours of priceless 'Bat Cave' writing sessions,
'fine red wine' creativity, off beat discussions of dreams,
Magick and all things 'occult',...the production process of course....
and ultimately touring.
Soda has been a staunch and popular identity on the local
West Australian music scene, at various levels, since her late teens.
She has been an avid supporter of 'Original' music all her thinking life,
in the early nineties, opening 'SOUNDSTORM Management', the logo being,
'The Original Innovators', focusing on band management, event co-ordination
and promotion for up and coming original artists, by various medias, including
her own live performance photography (VoodooMoon Photography)
In 2007, she created, 'West Coast Music Shack, AUSTRALIA', an on-line concept,
and another innovative 'first' following the same direction as SOUNDSTORM,
but personally, and usually 'off the cuff' conducting live local and
overseas interviews, and accompanying video clips. (Check WCMS on You Tube)
WCMS became the most viewed Australian You Tube music channel,for two years
running, and although interviews are no longer a part, the promotion continues on
a daily basis via social networking sites, and You Tube.
Now also currently incorporated, in the same vein, are the POWER OF THREE -
'Original Hard Rock Music Showcases' held locally in Perth.
A few personal words from Soda...
"My best life advice...look after your health, follow your dream, never give up, and never doubt yourself.
I feel there is much yet to come for, and from BELTANE FIRE. It's been a challenging, but thrilling journey for me,
and it's still early days....as this journey...is for Life. Music is FOREVER (Spellbound 2015),
and to live forever, we live in the music. Do come along with us, share our journey.
and maybe live forever with us! ...... We really do have big fun!
Thank you to very dear old friend, and ex-'Sounds' and p/t 'Rolling Stone' Aust. journalist,
and publicist', Lillian Garcia, Sydney, only too familiar with my journey, for helping interpret this bio in '
third party perspective, .something else with which I'd always struggled.
'Blessed Be' and much love, Soda Lee*
Although not professionally trained, and still re-developing her own voice, Soda has defied medical experts
opinion during her recovery, and now successfully conducts on-line part-time singing tuition, and general
vocal and h ealth advice. Do feel free to make contact here or via any of the social networking sites.
Check SPELLBOUND video promo. for more album info. and 'show schedule and events' for