Colts Neck Recording Artist Hosts Concert to Benefit Union Beach Sandy Victims

By Erin Pedrini
Web Production Assistant

Jacquie Lee. Photo courtesy of Carla Senft.

“After I discovered that I could sing, I automatically went into working with a bunch of different charities,” said 17-year-old Colts Neck resident Jacquie Lee who will be performing at a charity event to benefit Union Beach residents who were affected by Hurricane Sandy on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Lee was a finalist on NBC’s The Voice Season 5, has been signed to Atlantic Records and her song “Broken Ones” hit the top 20 on the iTunes chart.

Lee said that she discovered that she could sing when she was 7 years old after her mom caught her humming one day and asked her to sing. She said she was shy and would only sing if she was in the closet, but after she sang for her mother that day, it brought her mother to tears and she kept singing after that.

Now Lee will be running her first charity event called “Two Towns-One Voice-One Mission.” The event is hosted by Lee and Operation Provide Comfort, an organization that works to develop a long-term relationship between Union Beach and Colts Neck and leverages the resources that Colts Neck has to help the residents of Union Beach who suffered devastation from Hurricane Sandy. The organization helps collect and coordinate donations of money, physical goods and services to aid the rebuilding effort in Union Beach.

Lee said she chose to raise money for Union Beach because, “It is something really close in my heart because it affected my friends and some of my parents’ friends and it was my home that was being destroyed, so I felt really strong about it. My dad has sent out email chains ever since I was on The Voice and he has been chatting back and forth with people who have been telling him that they still don’t have a house, so we thought the concert would be a really great idea.”

Lee will be performing, as well as her friend Matt Schuler, who was Lee’s co-contestant on The Voice Season 5. Lee said that she hopes to have at least 500 attendees at the benefit concert.

“Why I am doing music is to reach certain people and to help them get through things. And just being able to go out and actively do charity events or benefits, outside of the music that I write, and to share the experience with Matt too, it’s great. It’s all for a good cause and that is what is fulfilling to me and that is why I do what I do,” said Lee.

As for future goals, Lee said that she wants to get involved with several different charities. She said that she also hopes to go on a worldwide tour one day, singing her own original music.

“Two Towns-One Voice-One Mission” is being held on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Robert J. Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. Ticket prices start at $25 and can be purchased here. The opening act for the show will be The RockNRoll Chorus, which is a New Jersey based voices-only rock and roll group, who is currently on a national tour. A special appearance will be made by Matt Schuler.