Ms. Vee and a Badass Band at Rock & Brews

Ms. Vee and a Badass Band

at Rock & Brews

Monday, May 20th 2024


Ms. Vee (Valyria Lewis) is a singer, musician, writer, and comedienne; a 2023 Muddy Awards Nominee for Best Female Vocalist; 2021 Band & 2019 Solo Granite State Blues Challenge Winner; and an International Blues Challenge Semifinalist.

Ms. Vee was born and raised in Forrest City Arkansas. 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 at 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. As a result, Ms. Vee's style of Soul Blues is infused with black southern gospel and a lot of soul! In 2018, Ms. Vee launched her own music project, founding Ms. Vee and a Badass Band.

Ms. Vee is backed by a "Badass Band" of accomplished musicians. They gave New England, and the world, a reminder of Blues-Soul’s sound and place in history. Ms. Vee brings a focus to Soul-Blues' Mississippi Delta/Arkansas Blues sound, by marrying soul, funk, and rhythm & blues to create the Blues-Soul Sound of Original Badass Music as well as covers of soul greats like Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Johnnie Taylor, Bobby Rush, Bill Withers, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and more! In January 2023, Ms. Vee launched a Pacific Northwest configuration of Ms. Vee and a Badass Band, featuring Jake Koprowski on Bass, Chance Hayden on Guitar, Ron Solomon on Keyboards/Organ, and Brian Foxworth on Drums.

Ms. Vee's most recent project, is a collaboration with Chad Rupp & the Sugar Roots' Album titled “The Devil Won't Get You.” Ms. Vee lends lead vocals on the album's sultry blues hit "I've Been Thinking." She also sings background vocals for the album's singles "The Devil Won't Get You" and "You're Not My Baby."

Ms. Vee is currently recording her first Southern Soul/Soul Blues project, which will feature original music including "Eddie Mae's Man," "Lady Swings the Blues," "Salvation in the Layaway," "Six Days a Week" and her casino anthem, "Take This Twenty." The album is set to be released in early July."