New York, NY, December 20, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Actor, Recording Artist, Producer, Director and Author the multi-talented Lonette Mckee has chosen to be represented by Joe Magnetico & Associates. CEO Joe Magnetico said "It is our company’s extreme pleasure to add a star of Ms. McKee’s caliber to our roster."
McKee was born in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of Dorothy, a Scandinavian, and Lonnie McKee, an African American bricklayer and auto manufacturer employee. McKee's career began in the music business in Detroit as a child prodigy, where she started writing music/lyrics, singing, playing keyboards and performing at the age of seven. At fourteen, she recorded her first record, which became an instant regional pop/R&B hit. McKee wrote the title song for the film Quadroon when she was fifteen. Several years later, McKee was launched to stardom with her critically acclaimed performance in the hit 1976 musical drama Sparkle.
She has written and produced three solo LPs, the most recent, Natural Love, for Spike Lee's Columbia 40 Acres and A Mule label. McKee scored the music for the well-received cable documentary on the Lower Manhattan African Burial Ground, as well as numerous infomercials. McKee has toured extensively throughout the world singing concert performances, including the JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall.
McKee studied film directing at The New School in New York and apprenticed directing with filmmaker Spike Lee. McKee studied singing with Dini Clark and ballet with Sarah Tayir, both in Los Angeles.
McKee won critical acclaim for her Broadway debut performance in the musical The First. She became the first African American to play the coveted role of 'Julie' in the Houston Grand Opera's production of Show Boat on Broadway, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. Her tragic portrayal of jazz legend Billie Holiday in the one-woman drama with music, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill won critical acclaim, standing ovations and a Drama Desk Award nomination. She reprised the role of 'Julie' on Broadway in the most recent revival of the musical Show Boat directed by Hal Prince.
McKee is currently developing plans to establish a performance arts center in the New York tri-state area. Ms.McKee performs her one-woman memoir with music on stages throughout the country. For more information you can visit her Official website at www.lonettemckee.com For booking inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org