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Kim Massie is the self-proclaimed "St. Louis Diva," a title she's earned in more than two decades of performing. [7/11/19]
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Many people use karaoke as a way to feel like a professional singer for a few minutes. Kim Massie used it to become one. 

In the late 1990s, the St. Louis-area native was a nurse’s aide outside Cleveland, 40 years old and with grown children, when she started entering and winning karaoke competitions. Those experiences gave her a taste for live performance. When she returned to the area at the end of a bad relationship, she decided to take a shot at becoming a full-time singer.

It’s been a little more than 20 years, and she’s still at it.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 6, 2012 - Cee Cee James has amassed an impressive resume as a blues singer and songwriter over the past 15 years. With the upcoming release on July 17 of her new recording, “Blood Red Blues,” she is already racking up advance reviews that offer comparisons of her powerhouse vocals to early Bonnie Raitt as well as the late Janis Joplin.