Kassira McKee

Kassira McKee began her professional career with the Dallas Junior Players Guild at the age of 13, during which she also performed in a made-for-television version of the show at KERA studios in Dallas, starring Charlie Pride.

Biography

She was cast as the lead female in the annual musical for four years straight at Franklin Junior High and Hillcrest High School under the tutelage of Roy Johnson and Dan Peavy. During those teenage years, she also recorded pop music, both original and for other song writers.

After High School and a year of Opera Studies and a year of Dinner Theater Performance, she was cast in “Hello, Dolly!” with Carol Channing and Michael Serrechia at age 19. The production began at Dallas Summer Musicals at The Fair Park Music Hall while under the leadership of Tom Hughes, then went on the road for two years, produced by The Nederlanders.

Following those tours, Kassira performed at Theater Three, several cabaret clubs and with The Bill Tillman band in Dallas.
She also lived in L.A. where she recorded demos for local songwriters, MCA records, Motown records, performed her solo show at various venues and performed regularly with Mark Hudson's band at The China Club. While there, she was also a studio singer for writer and producer Tena Clark with whom she recorded a song called “I've Never Felt This Way Before”, which is featured in the film The Five Heartbeats, credited under Kim Kassira. She also worked with other well-known record producers such as Misha Segal and Reggie Dozier.

Soon after, in N.Y. Kassira was elected Billboard Magazine's 1998 New Dance Music Artist of the year and performed at their Annual Convention in Chicago. She was also a studio singer in NY for various producers and two of the songs were featured on two Dance Party USA CDs. She also performed at The Tunnel, Union Square Park's outdoor venue, The Duplex, The Javits Center and Carnegie Hall.

In 1999, Jerry Love, Cissy Houston's producer, produced Kassira's solo album, “Volcano”. Since coming back to Dallas, Kassira has hosted several variety shows such as, “A Night of Divas”, “A Night of Divos”, “A Divas' and Divos' Winter Wonderland” and “A Night of Romance”.

In 2012, famed singer, songwriter and producer, Gino Vannelli, chose Kassira to participate in his first U.S. Vocal Master Class, where she also had the privilege of working with Thomas Blaylock, the founder of Northwest Institute of Voice. In 2014, Kassira co-produced Mr. Vannelli's Concert at the Eisemann Center, with his Manager Ross Vannelli. This was his first return to Dallas since 1978.

This is Kassira's first year in The Spectacular Follies. She has already made lasting friendships and feels grateful to contribute to this wonderful production.

Kassira is also a Reiki Master, former Massage Therapist, Professional Pet Care Provider and an Ordained Metaphysical Minister with a Bachelors Degree in Metaphysical Science. Her book Let That Go! will be available on Amazon in October of 2018.

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