Jazz vocalist René Marie combines an incredible voice with fiery independence and originality, bucking trends with her unabashed spirit. In a span of two decades, eleven recordings, and countless stage performances, she has cemented her reputation not only as a singer but also as 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 is an exploration of the bright and dark corners of the human experience and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit.
Part of René’s musical philosophy has been focused on giving back. In 2010, she launched a series of vocal therapy group sessions called SLAM, a program focused on helping individuals work through problems of self-esteem and confidence.