About the First Lady of Denver

As a proud native of Denver, Ms. Lee is honored to serve the City as Denver’s First Lady.  Singing and performing since the age of three, Ms. Lee has become a well-known staple throughout Denver’s music and performing arts landscape.

She has also been an advocate for children and youth for more than 15 years, helping steer them into making positive life choices and preparing them for visual and performing arts careers as a career coach, vocal instructor, mentor and coordinator.

As Denver’s First Lady, she will combine her passion for the arts and dedication youth through her “Bringing Back the Arts and First Lady” of the “Artist of the Month” initiatives.  From students to senior citizens, Ms. Lee is committed to being an ambassador for the arts to help expose and expand access to Denver’s vibrant arts and cultural community.


Bringing Back the Arts
Art programs have systemically been among the first education cuts throughout our schools for too long.  That is why the First Lady will be working to bring back the arts in Denver Public Schools by dispatching local volunteer artists to schools, raising monies to hire more performing and visual art teachers and hosting special youth events.

If you are interested in helping our City’s youth experience the endless benefits of being involved in the arts – and encouraging future superstars – please please visit facebook.com/bringingbackthearts or contact Rachel Chaparro at Rachel.Chaparro@denvergov.org.

First Lady Artist of the Month
To help promote local artists, every month the First Lady will spotlight two artists on this website as “First Lady’s Artist of the Month” and “First Lady’s Honorable Mention.”  If you are interested in nominating someone or joining the Nomination Committee, please send an email todenverfirstlady@yahoo.com.
  • Founder and lead singer of the Mary Louise Lee Band – R&B, Top 40, Contemporary Jazz and Soul
  • 2011 Colorado Remembers 9/11" Concert
  • 2011 Opening Day at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
  • 2004 & 2008 National Democratic Conventions
  • Colorado Governor Bill Ritter's Inaugural Gala
  • 2008 Colorado State Senate Opening Ceremony
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Responsibility Luncheon
  • Several Denver Nuggets games
  • The opening of the Red Rocks Visitor Center
  • Toured Korea, Japan, Johnston Island, Honduras and Panama entertaining U.S. Troops for the Department of Defense

  • “Glinda” in The Wiz – Afterthought Theatre
  • "Powerwoman" in Menopause the Musical - Denver Civic Theatre
  • "Charlene" in Ain't Misbehavin' (Top of the Rockies 2005, "Best Actress/Musical")
  • "Narrator" in Beehive - Country Dinner Playhouse
  • "Smokey Joe's Café" - Theatre Aspen
  • "Geneva" in 1940's Radio Hour - Arvada Center
  • "Billie Holiday" in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill (Westword 2003, "Best Actress in a Musical") – Shadow Theatre
  • Nominated by the Denver Post in 2005 for the Denver Post Ovation Award for “Best Year for an Actress”. 
  • National credits include: A Brief History of White Music, Beehive and Up On the Roof (Denver Drama Critics Circle 89-90 "Best Performance by Actress/Musical”).

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