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René Marie

René Marie
Birth name René Marie Stevens
Born (1955-11-07) November 7, 1955 (age 58)
Warrenton, Virginia
Origin Washington, DC
Genres Jazz
Occupations singer, songwriter
Years active 1999–present
Labels MAXJAZZ
Motéma Music
Associated acts Michael A. Croan
Website

René Marie (born René Marie Stevens on November 7, 1955 in Warrenton, Virginia) is a songwriter and jazz vocalist. She began her professional music career at age 42.[1] In 1999, she performed at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. and signed a contract with the St. Louis-based MAXJAZZ label.[2] She released four albums on the label, the second of which (Vertigo) was awarded a coronet ranking by The Penguin Guide to Jazz, a distinction given to less than 85 other recordings in jazz history.[3] In her work, the singer often combines contrasting songs ("Dixie" and the anti-lynching "Strange Fruit" on Vertigo) or combines other works (Ravel's Boléro and Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" on Live at Jazz Standard.)

René Marie attracted controversy in 2008, when she was invited to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a civic event in Denver, and substituted the song's lyrics with those from "Lift Every Voice and Sing."[1] This arrangement of the national anthem forms part of the titular suite of Marie's 2011 CD, The Voice of My Beautiful Country (Motéma Music). She specializes in writing her own music, and she comments on the fact that this is not the norm in jazz in one of her songs, "This for Joe," after a club manager who got mad at her for singing originals. Her 2011 release, Black Lace Freudian Slip contains only three songs that she did not write, and one of those was written by her son, Michael A. Croan, who performs on the track with her.

She also released a number of singles in 2007-2009, focused on homeless issues, "This is not a protest song", and the racial problems in Jena, Louisiana, "3 Nooses Hanging".

Besides her purely musical works, she has also written, produced and performed a one-woman show of words and music, Slut Energy Theory - U'Dean, in which she explores the journey from sexual abuse to self-esteem.[4] More recent productions of the show have shortened the title simply to "Slut Energy Theory."[5] The soundtrack to this show has been released.

Discography

  • Renaissance (1999)
  • How Can I Keep From Singing? (2000)
  • Vertigo (2001)
  • Live At Jazz Standard (2003)
  • Serene Renegade (2004)
  • Experiment In Truth (2007)
  • "This is not a protest song" (2007) Single, to benefit the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
  • "3 Nooses Hanging" (2009) Single, inspired by the events in Jena, Louisiana
  • Slut Energy Theory - U'Dean (2009) Soundtrack to her one-woman show
  • The Voice of My Beautiful Country (Motéma Music, 2011)
  • Black Lace Freudian Slip (Motéma, 2011)

References

External links

  • Rene Marie Biography
  • Rene Marie Biography
  • Artist web site

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