CoCo Lee, n?e Ferren Lee, was born in Hong Kong on the 17th of January 1975. Although she was born in Hong Kong, CoCo was raised in San Francisco where she grew up with her mother, stepfather and two older sisters (her father passed away when she was young). She shared her singing talent with her two older sisters and her mother, who was a doctor. Although the mother of the Lee sisters wanted her daughters to pursue more practical careers, the youngest CoCo knew at a young age that she would become a singer. During her free time, CoCo would practice her singing abilities by singing material from her favorite pop artists, such as Madonna, Whitney Houston, George Michael and Debbie Gibson. Despite their mother's former disapproval, the elder Lee sisters put their musical talent to the test by entering local singing competitions, which proved to be successful. Being the youngest sibling, Lee followed in her sisters' footsteps and entered singing competitions as well, since she looked up to them. Her winning performances at the local singing contests are what eventually paved the way to her musical career. Her success at singing competitions was not the only thing that fueled her desire to pursue a singing career: She performed for her class in junior high and received a standing ovation, and sang at a local karaoke place at Fisherman's Wharf. Her karaoke singing was what really proved to Lee how well she can sing, after her friend started playing the tape of Lee's karaoke performances in the restaurant she worked at and people wanted to buy the tape. In 1995, Coco signed a contract with Sony Music Entertainment. In 1998, 550 Music represented Coco with her stateside debut album, Just No Other Way and in 2005, Epic released her second English album, Exposed. In June 2005, CoCo's engagement with Canadian businessman Bruce Rockowitz was made public, apparently having taken place some months earlier.