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Lee Cadena: Bio

LEE CADENA (Actor, Singer, Recording Artist, Producer, and Director) has enjoyed principle roles in such shows as; Oklahoma, The Music Man, Arsenic and Old Lace, and a few more shows added to his credit. Lee worked on the film production of "Selena" with Jennifer Lopez. In 1995, Lee started his singing career when he joined Spanish singer Arri as a backup vocalist. He was chosen to record an orginal song called 'Desandote' that was played on local radio. Together they performed at many local events including the opening celebration of Fiesta '97. Due to this recognition, Lee was asked to perform in 'A Christmas Around the World' special in which he represented Mexican-Americans.

 A native son of San Antonio, TX, Lee returned home after four years of working in San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York City and Europe. His return work started when he became Stage Director for the Burras Finas production 'Las Nuevas Tamaleras'. Lee returned to New York City in November 2002, to be a headliner performer at Dillon's in his own cabaret show. This one man show was later aired on Manhattan television. Lee joined the 75 Yards Off-Broadway Players for a musical tribute to New York City after September 11th. Lee has since done two more musical productions with them. When his popularity increased after these shows, Lee returned to his hometown for his first solo concert performance.

 In February through April 2005, Lee performed his sold-out show at New York City's entertainment landmark, Rose's Turn in 'Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me'. That show lead to a successful concert in San Antonio, TX, in May of that year. In July 2006, Lee entered the studio to record his first solo CD. In January 2007, Lee started rehearsals for his CD release tour, as well as, a tribute show to Mexican and Latin American composers. Lee released his debut CD "Lover's Moon' in San Antonio in September 2007.

 In 2008, Lee toured with a new concert 'Sabor a Mi', A Tribute to Mexican and Latin American Composers which he produced and directed. The tour opened at The Laurie Beechman Theater, In New York City and closed in Lee's hometown of San Antonio. Lee was the featured vocalist and the highlight of the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in September 2008. Lee holds the distinct honor of being the first Mexican-American to headline the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in one hundred and ten years of St. Phillip's College history. This tour still remains one of Lee's favorite projects.

 Lee has played many of the top music rooms in New York City, The Metropolitan Room, Rose's Turn, The River Room of Harlem, The Laurie Beechman Theater, Don't Tell Mama, Danny's Skyroom, Dillon's, The Reprise Room, Encores, Helen's, The Duplex, The Broadway Comedy Club as well as theaters. Lee's international career has spanned several languages with performances in many cities around the world, most memorable performances were in Paris, Tel Aviv, and London. As a vocalist, Lee has ventured into Jazz, Cabaret, Pop, Country/Rock, Bluegrass, Mariachi, Latin Jazz, Oldies and Broadway. Lee's has vocalized in Spanish, French, Hebrew and English. While always venturing into many genres of music, Lee has remained committed to the stage and the theater. His shows have been referred to as theatrical concerts. When asked how he describes himself, he said, "I am an actor that sings". Lee has always found a way to connect to his audience and talking directly to audience members is very common for Lee during his live shows.

Lee brings his performance experience to his newest project LECA Productions. LECA Productions mission is to promote the Arts using theatrical venues, with a focus on promising Latino artists. Lee celebrated his sixteenth year as a professional performance artist and will launch his 2010 concert series at The Jo Long Theater in San Antonio. In 2011, Lee performed in a successful tribute show to Dionne Warwick at New York City's The Metropolitan Room. In 2012, Lee returned to the concert stage for another concert series, including a sold-out performance at The Carver Theater in San Antonio, TX. In 2013-2014 Lee has decided to focus  on material to start recording his sophmore album. In April 2014, Lee joined forces with St. Philip's College and was the headliner for the CultureFest, their annual Fiesta San Antonio event.  Lee studied voice at The Singers Forum in New York City and studied the music business at The Juilliard School. Mr. Cadena is committed to perserving and sharing the Hispanic/Latino culture with others in both of his homes in New York City and San Antonio, TX.