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Rene Marie

In a span of two decades, 11 recordings and countless stage performances, vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of past generations, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style. Her body of work is musical, but it’s more than just music. It’s an exploration of the bright and dark corners of the human experience, and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit.

René was born in November 1955 into a family of seven children in Warrenton, Virginia. While neither of her parents were formally trained musicians, radio and records of all kinds – blues, folk, bluegrass and classical – made up the soundtrack to her childhood. Rene had just one year of formal piano training at age nine, then another year of lessons at age 13 after her parents divorced and she moved with her mother to Roanoke, Virginia.

During her teenage years, she sang in a few R&B bands at musical functions in her community. She composed and sang her first piece with a band when she was 15.

But René put her musical aspirations aside to make room for the obligations and responsibilities of adulthood. She married a former bandmate when she was 18, and by the mid-1990s, she was the mother of two and working in a bank. When she was 41, her older son convinced her to start singing again, and she took a few tenuous steps into her local music scene, singing for tips one night a week in a hotel bar. It would be several months before she actually earned any real money as a singer.

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May 11, 2016

Grammy Nominated Vocalist René Marie's First All-Original LP "Sound of...

November 02, 2015

Blue Engine Records Celebrates the Holidays with BIG BAND HOLIDAYS: New...

March 05, 2015

Jazz this week: The return of Rene Marie, Gaslight Cabaret Festival,...

February 22, 2015

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Rene Marie gets "Evil" like Eartha Kitt

December 29, 2011

Stephanie Jordan, Germaine Bazzle, Betty Shirley featured in Jazz...

November 07, 2011

Rene Marie Brings Her Strong and Diverse Songbook to the Exodus to Jazz...

September 28, 2011

René Marie to Show Us Her Black Lace Freudian Slip

July 14, 2011

Rene Marie: No Shortage of "Imagination"

May 17, 2011

Only Two Weeks Remain to Enter Rene Marie's "Voice of My Beautiful...

April 06, 2011

Award-Winning Vocalist René Marie Invites Americans to Show Their...

July 05, 2008

Uproar over Jazz Singer Rene Marie's Take On "The Star-Spangled Banner"

July 03, 2008

Rene Marie's "Black National Anthem" at Denver Event

May 11, 2005

Vocalist RENE MARIE @ The Jazz Standard (5/24-29)

February 13, 2005

Critically Acclaimed Jazz Diva Rene Marie Appears at University of...

January 02, 2004

Innovative vocalist Rene Marie Performs at The Kennedy Center

November 22, 2002

MaxJazz Recording Artist Rene Marie Records "Live At The Jazz Standard"

October 28, 2002

Maxjazz Recording Artist Rene Marie Birthday Jam!

May 08, 2003

Rene Marie reaches # 26 on Billboard

February 17, 2003

Rene Marie and Allan Harris perform tribute to Billie Holliday at the...

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Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Feb16Sat
René Marie
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA
$29
Feb23Sat
Rene Marie & Delfaeyo Marsalis
Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
Pittsburgh, PA
$53.50
Mar14Thu
Rene Marie
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
Mar14Thu
Rene Marie
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
Mar15Fri
Rene Marie
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
Mar15Fri
Rene Marie
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
Mar16Sat
Rene Marie
Jazz Standard
New York, NY

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