Ms. Vee (Valyria Lewis) is a singer, musician, writer and comedienne. Ms. Vee’s style of soul-blues is infused with Black Southern gospel and a lot of soul! At the age of 10, Ms. Vee began her musical journey as a piano student at Lorenzo’s School of Contemporary Music in Forrest City, Arkansas founded by Lorenzo Smith and Jackie Toney Smith. Quickly realizing her ear for music, Lorenzo added Ms. Vee to his blues/jazz band when she was just 10 years old. She continued her professional career in music, serving as Minister of Music for several East Arkansas Churches. Ms. Vee later went on to pursue a solo career in music and later comedy.
In 2018, relocating to New Hampshire, she launched “Ms. Vee and a Badass Band,” winning the Granite State Blues Challenge in the solo division in 2019, and as best band in 2021, making it to the semi-finals that year in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge.
Now making Portland her home base, Ms. Vee continues to tour nationally and appears in local clubs with her new band of Rose City musicians.