|Decades:||1970s 1990s 2000s|
Billie Jane Lee Lorraine Feather, 10 September 1948, New York City, New York, USA. The daughter of jazz writer Leonard Feather, her given names reflect her godmother, Billie Holiday, her band vocalist mother, family friend Peggy Lee, and the song Sweet Lorraine. After early teenage years in Los Angeles, she graduated from college and returned to New York to enter the theatre. While struggling for regular work, she sang with local jazz groups and as a backing singer. In Los Angeles as a single, she was heard by Jake Hanna who recommended her to Concord Jazz Records, which led to her solo debut. During the 80s she was a member of vocal trio Full Swing, with which she recorded, and after the group folded she concentrated on lyric writing, something she had begun during this time. In particular, Feather chose to write lyrics for jazz instrumentals such as Duke Ellingtons Rockin In Rhythm and Horace Hendersons Big John...