|LeeAnn Christopherson At nearly 5'10" tall, LeeAnn is the shortest of four sisters. She grew up in the quiet community of Walnut Creek, CA located in the shadows of Mt. Diablo. However, LeeAnn was anything but quiet! Dad was a building contractor and Mom was a homemaker. There was always music playing in the Christopherson household and the styles ranged from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Barbara Streisand to show-tunes such as, Carousel and South Pacific. LeeAnn just about drove her sisters crazy singing those tunes.
On Sunday mornings, before anyone else was awake, LeeAnn would turn on the T.V. and watch Mahalia Jackson belt out gospel hymns. She loved the way Mahalia's smile seemed to light up the world around her. Then at age 12, LeeAnn won her first talent contest, singing her way to First Place.
Next came Rock 'n' Roll, and LeeAnn could rock with the best of them. She joined a local band and played all the cool parties in town. Even though she was under age, LeeAnn's height and strong voice allowed her the opportunity to perform at most of the local nightspots. She wailed her way to local stardom.
At age 19 LeeAnn joined The Serendipity Singers and spent the next 2 1/2 years touring the U.S. The group toured with Lou Rawls and LeeAnn got a first hand look at life on the road. Quite an experience for a 21 year old from Walnut Creek.
When she came off the road LeeAnn returned to the local club scene. By this time she was in a class by herself and was eventually rockin' both on stage and in the studio with the likes of Eddie Money, members of Journey and members of Night Ranger.
However, it was a series of gigs with the late drummer, Gaylord Birch that really changed the way LeeAnn looked at music. The songs her and Gaylord performed took her back to her childhood. She started listening to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Ernestine Anderson. She found a new respect for Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan. With the spirit of Mahalia Jackson and a new found appreciation for the jazz and soul singers of the past, LeeAnn found her new voice. In one of his columns Herb Caen referred to LeeAnn as, "A gifted songbird".
In 1991 LeeAnn joined the Fundamentals and has helped develop their unique and soulful sound. Over the years she has brought many a smile to peoples faces with both her singing and dynamic stage presence. Whether it's rock 'n' roll, R & B, soul or jazz, LeeAnn brings her special talent and passion to The Fundamentals.
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