For Sasha Spielberg, the singer who goes by “Buzzy Lee,” the hardest part about music is the crowd. Spielberg writes soulful lyrics and sounds like a natural onstage, but performing never came naturally. She first took up piano in elementary school, and soon began composition and guitar lessons. But after a Fourth of July performance gone awry, Spielberg realized she had major stage fright. “My voice would break. It would shake,” she says. “I just couldn’t sing in front of people.”
Similar episodes at musicals and other high-school productions led Spielberg to temporarily abandon music. She tried acting instead, including in her father Steven Spielberg’s films The Terminal, Munich, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and The Post, and “liked it fine,” but it wasn’t her passion.