Kimise Lee was born on July 27th 1974. She grew up in Washington DC., with her loving Mother, the late Mary V. Lee and Father, Pastor Kimus J. Bouknight. Kimise came from a very musically inclined family. She grew up in the church listening to The Bouknight Specials which consisted of all of her aunts and uncles. She is also a cousin to Evangelist Myrna Summers, who has been such a great inspiration to Kimise (Myrna is one of gospel music's most powerful and energy filled alto voices of all time)! Having a Christian background, and growing up in the C.O.G.I.C. she began singing in church at the age of 6. Kimise would sing around the house often and had a genuine love for music. In middle school, she joined the choir at Shaw Junior High School. Her choir director and music teacher (the late Ms. Anita Jones) grew very fond of Kimise's voice and recommended that she audition to attend Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts. Kimise followed the recommendation of the late Ms. Jones., and was later accepted into Duke Ellington, where she developed as a vocalist, and obtained some of the best vocal training from Ms. Monica Otal. Being a high school honor student, she sang with Duke Ellington's Concert and Show choir at various musicals and White House Affairs. Lee graduated from Duke Ellington in 1992.
Kimise was accepted into Spellman University, but decided to attend school closer to home, due to her mother's chronic health issues. After two years of college at the University Of The District Of Columbia, she left college to manage one of DC's popular Urban Clothing Company's. She was later introduced, and had the opportunity of working with producers Cliff Jones, Chucky Thompson, and the late Scottie Beats. Kimise has sung background vocals for one of gospel musics well known quartet groups (the Seven Sons of Soul), as well as various other Artist. With the encouragement of Jones and Thompson, she branched into song writing, and has developed tremendously in her song writing abilities.
Kimise performed locally for many years around the DC Metropolitan area. This great experience gained a lot of recognition for Lee, also known as The Songbird. She has a beautiful, but yet sweet spirit and loves the LORD whole heartedly. Her mission is to touch, inspire, and change people's lives through her music. She began working diligently and independently on her own gospel project in March of 2007. Later that year, on August 6, 2007, her heart was shattered after losing someone very near and dear to her heart, (her mom). Kimise and her mom were very close, which made this a very difficult time for her, especially after losing three more loved ones to follow. Through her struggles, and the hurt and pain, she managed to stay in prayer, keep her faith, stay strong, persevere, and remain humble. Following what GOD has placed in her heart, she left the local band scene in March of 2010 to pursue a Gospel career, going back to her family roots where it all started for her. Lee has performed at several churches in the DC Metropolitan area. She minister's through song with one of DC's well known Gospel Groups (Heaven Sent). In the Heaven Sent Band, she shares the Lead Female Vocals with good friend Y'Anna Crawley (Sunday's Best 2009 Winner) and Male Lead vocalist Kalel Gross.
Kimise has a soulful, melodic voice that can captivate any audience. Her lyrics are heart felt, moving, honest, and raw emotion. Kimise definitely has what it takes to be a star, given the right opportunity. Myrna Summers , Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Faith Evans, Kim Burrell, the Clark Sisters, Kierra Sheard and most of all, her parents are a huge inspiration to her career. "I have grown in many ways, and I am ready to walk in my destiny to broaden and take my career to the next level with all my heart and soul has to give."
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