'There is originality and authenticity to Renee's sound. Combined with her accomplished guitar work and her original compositions, I cannot recommend her highly enough'
- Richie Shearer - Presenter - MOST FM Radio Taranaki
'What stands out to me is the tone of Renee's voice which combines a maturity with something new' - Christine Donohue - Chairperson - Kati Kati Folk Club
With songs that take you on a journey and offer a glimpse into her soul, Renee is a self confessed nomad. She's also a story-teller who effortlessly blends her music and lyrics into her own unique, folksy style. It comes as no surprise that Renee's acoustic guitar has been her constant companion since they found each other during her first solo travel adventure through the rugged mountain ranges of Bolivia back in 2008.
Bringing a talent for honest song-writing with music that intimately shares her story, the singer-songwriter, who currently resides in New Plymouth, New Zealand, has melded her influences from across the world to produce a musical style that leaves audiences wanting more.
Although introduced to piano and clarinet as a child, Renee had other callings to teaching and social work, before returning to her first love. She recorded her debut EP 'Everywhere I Turn' in 2016, in Orange, NSW with sound engineer Craig Honeysett of Dotted 8 Studios, and completed it by soaking up the 30+ years of experience from producer Dave Carnahan in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
With a mix of original songs, Renee combined her love of acoustic guitar and piano in many of the tracks. Featured on the EP are some of the Central West's finest musicians, bass player Christian Prusiak and drummer Rocky Rochelli.
Emma Moss of NZ Music Magazine writes:
' there would be few who couldn't connect to the heartbreak that pours out of Renee's EP 'Everywhere I Turn', with the vocals described as 'unique, dusty and direct'.
Renee is clearly drawn to and heavily influenced by artists who display raw emotion in their work - prolific singer-songwriters such as Ani Difranco, Melissa Ferrick, Dar Williams, and Joni Mitchell all come to mind.
'Songwriting feels like a release to me - a way to process ideas, thoughts, emotions and experiences. A way to succinctly express moments in time', the songwriter says.
Moving between New Plymouth, Sydney and Melbourne music circuits regularly, Renee has played festivals such as Taranaki's Festival of Lights, The Seddon Festival, Melbourne, Devonport Folk Club in Auckland, The Rogue Stage, Rotorua, and The Inland Sea of Sound Festival in Bathurst, NSW. In mid 2017, she was also invited to be a part of PEAK Festival in Perisher, NSW.
In 2018, the singer-songwriter plans to continue building her profile in both markets, through touring and with a steady focus on writing and recording new material. She has recently been awarded project funding by the New Plymouth District Council as part of their Creative Communities initiative, and will work with various members of the community to create a dynamic multicultural music project.
- by Rebecca Belt