Rene Marie was born November 7, 1955, in Warrenton, VA, to a family of 9 that sang a capella with classical, blues, folk and bluegrass. She learned to tell the story, had a year of piano lessons at 9, and another year of lessons, at 13, in Roanoke. As a teenager, she sang in R&B bands. She composed and sang her first song, at 15. The pianist in one band, a 16-year-old, become her husband. By 1996, Rene Marie work in banking. Her eldest son, Michael, convinced her to start singing. For months, she sang once a week in the smoky bar of the Ramada Inn for tips only. On December 31, 1997, her husband issued the ultimatum that she stop singing or leave home. After 23 years of marriage, she left. Within 18 months, she moved to Richmond, produced her first CD, quit her job, signed with MaxJazz and played the leading role of Ella Fitzgerald in the world premiere of Ella and her Fella, Frank at the Barksdale Theatre, in Richmond. Between 2000 and 2004, she lived in Atlanta, recording 4 CDs on MaxJazz, winning several awards, domestic and international. In 2005, left MaxJazz, moved to Denver, where she met her second husband and focused on writing a one-woman show. She toured the U.S. and abroad. In 2006, she composed a song about homelessness, “This Is (Not) A Protest Song” released as a single. She co-produced, recorded and released her 6th CD, Experiment In Truth. In 2007, she composed and released a single about the Jena Six, Three Nooses Hanging. She played the lead in "Dinah Was", a musical about the life of Dinah Washington at the Shadow Theatre in Denver. In October 2009, she premiered in her one-woman show with original music, spoken word and monologue, "Slut Energy Theory - U’Dean", about incest and domestic abuse. She produced the soundtrack, in December 2009. In 2010, she will conduct her first vocal workshop. www.renemarie.com
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