With a commanding stage presence and powerful voice, Ara Lee captivates the audience creating an emotionally charged atmosphere and getting the crowd dancing. To truly appreciate the lyrical and musical stylings of Ara Lee, you have to see her live.
— William Riddle, National Rock Review
I’ve never heard anyone sing like that in my life.
— Arnold Schwarzenegger
Ara Lee sings with pure emotion and passion from the heart with a voice that reaches out and touches your soul... Ara Lee is a rare talent.
— KMUZ FM, Salem
Ara Lee is the best singer I’ve ever heard. Period. But what she does is more than that. To hear her live is gut-wrenching, heart-souring - it’s a spiritual awakening.
— Sue Svendsen, Peninsula Arts Center
From Ara Lee’s self-professed “heathen gospel” to smokey blues to the most rhythmic R&B to the most deeply touching ballads—-Ara Lee is a vocal treasure. She belts...she wails...she testifies..she rocks...she does it all with a depth and range like no other.
— Morry Feldman, WQED Chicago
No matter what tribe of the world you align yourself with, Ara Lee’s music will speak to you at a primeval level, awakening emotions and spirits from your past, from our past.
— Gary Grainger, Bishop FM 105.9 (UK)
Lee’s “Nasty Woman” has become the anthem in this #MeToo moment. A celebration for women and an education for the men who need it.
— Tom D'Antoni, Oregon Music News
That old lady sure can sing.
— High school student, NW Choral Conference

what she says 

Ara Lee, when pressed, calls herself a singer-songwriter. But the image of a wispy, soft-voiced, guitar strummer that might come to mind couldn’t be farther from what she does. Call it soul, call it folk, call it gospel, Ara sings like a woman with something to say, in a voice that makes you stop and listen, with lyrics that make you remember why you decided to be human once upon a time. Crediting Nina Simone and Rumi among her influences, Ara is equally comfortable with stripped down acoustic-driven folk and her signature soulful, tribal grooves. Known for her hair-raising voice and commanding stage presence, Ara Lee’s shows cut straight to the gut. Backed by her band they're nothing short of a full tilt revival.