Moving to Augusta was one of the best things that happened to Brenda Mae Tarpley, who was given her show business name "Brenda Lee" while performing in Augusta. She went from living in a small, box house off Gordon Highway to performing for the queen of England.
She was discovered in Augusta's Bell Auditorium in 1956 by country music legend Red Foley. She became one of the best-selling female artists of all time in any field of music with more than 90 million copies of her recordings sold around the world. She became the queen of teen-age heartbreak with her hits I'm Sorry, Break It To Me Gently, All Alone Am I, As Usual and Am I Losing You?, and influenced many of today's female superstars. Her classic performances and recordings earned her spots in both the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Country Music Association's Hall of Fame.