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Denver First Lady, Mary Louis Lee

As a proud native of Denver, Mary Louise 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. For over 20 years, she has built an extraordinary professional performing career, where she has performed nationally and internationally as an actress and a vocalist.

As a career coach, vocal instructor, mentor and coordinator, she has also been an advocate for children and youth, helping steer them to make positive life choices and preparing them for visual and performing arts careers.

As Denver’s First Lady, she combines her passion for the arts and youth through her Bringing Back the Arts Foundation and First Lady Artist of the Month initiative. 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 communities.

Bringing Back the Arts Foundation

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 visit or contact Tish Maes at for additional information.

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 to


  • Founder and lead singer of the Mary Louise Lee Band – R&B, Top 40, Contemporary Jazz and Soul
  • America’s Got Talent contestant America’s Got Talent contestant 
  • Winterpark Jazz Festival performer 
  • Zulu Lundi Gras Festival performer in New Orleans 
  • Taste of Colorado
  • 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

  • “Grace” in Annie – After thought Theatre
  • “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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Watch Mary Louise Lee sing 'Fools Fall in Love' with the cast of 'Million Dollar Quartet'

First Lady's BBTA Music Competition Commercial