Stacey Lee Guse Singing and Swinging
Submitted by Don Graham
Stacey Lee Guse has been singing for as long she can remember and for a young woman, she has already accomplished a great deal on her musical journey. She has been, and still is, a much sought after session vocalist and has added her creative background vocals to hit albums, radio and television themes,all while working with world class producers like David Foster, J. Richard Hutt, and Jason Barry.
Stacey Lee had a hit single as a duet partner with John Landry, “MyHeart Says Yes (But The Hurt Says No) which was a CCMA nominated duet. She was also a member of the popular Canadian vocal trio Lace with Bev Mahood. “Working with Lace was a great experience for me. We had a lot of National exposure and toured the country, the U.S. and into Europe, and we performed as a part of the George Strait Country Music Festival, the Calgary Stampede and a lot of other North American music festivals. I got to share the stage with legendary artists as well. There was Merle Haggard and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, to name a couple.” Stacey Lee got to tour with Jason McCoy of The Road Hammers and was featured on his single, "I Lie". She has also backed up numerous other Canadian artists onstage and in studio including Jason Blaine, John Landry, Lace, Michelle Wright, Tonya Kennedy, Jamie Warren and Sean Hogan amongst the list.
Stacey Lee was recently a featured artist on Dave Woods’ video show In The Country, singing and telling her story on the show. Said Woods, “Stacey Lee is a really special talent and has a great voice and delivery so she was a natural for the show. A real pro in every area of the business.”
Her most recent venture is as a featured member of Canada's swing supergroup, The Western Swing Authority. “My husband, (award winning fiddler, Shane Guse) and I were watching The Time Jumpers on T.V. one night. They are so awesome, all great players including Vince Gill and, at the time, the incredible Dawn Sears on vocals. Sadly Dawn has since passed away, but we were watching them and Shane said ‘ Man, I’d love to have a group like that.’ I said ‘ Well why don’t we put one together?’ That was enough to get the ball rolling; Shane made some calls, sent some emails and within a day or so we had The Western Swing Authority.” The band is made up of a veritable who’s who of Canadian musicians and performs an eclectic mix of Western swing, jazz and traditional country standards. They are bringing Bob Wills swing back the way Asleep At The Wheel did in the ‘70s and 80’s. “I’ve never had so much fun on stage as I do with these guys. Sometimes I catch myself listening and have to snap back into hearing my cue to start singing again. These guys are that good.” Shane Guse had this to say about his lead singer and life partner “Stacey is the best singer I know, and I don't just say that because she is my wife! She sings with real soul, her tone is beautiful, and it all just comes out effortlessly. It's a voice you just want to listen to more and more. WSA is a band filled with great pickers, but her voice is our secret weapon.” High praise for the lady.
Stacey Lee Guse is here to stay and with Western Swing Authority and as a session vocalist will be making her mark for many years to come. Singing and swinging.