Artist: Rene Marie (René Marie)
Title: Sound of Red
Year Of Release: 2016
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Singer-songwriter
Quality: FLAC (tracks) [24Bit/96kHz]
Total Time: 65:59
Total Size: 1,29 GB (d.booklet)
WebSite: Album Preview
René Marie (born René Marie Stevens, November 7, 1955 in Warrenton, Virginia, United States) is an American songwriter and jazz vocalist. She began her professional music career at age 42. In 1999, she performed at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. and signed a contract with the St. Louis-based Maxjazz Label. 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. 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.” 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. More recent productions of the show have shortened the Title simply to “Slut Energy Theory.” The soundtrack to this show has been released.
Rene´ Marie’s sensational SOUND OF RED finds the singer at the top of her game, breaking new ground with her first album of entirely self-penned originals. After landing a Best Jazz Vocal Album GRAMMY nomination with her last release, Marie shoots for the stars again with SOUND OF RED, as she writes a new chapter in jazz in her patented ultra-sexy, wise, provocative and daredevil style. Her brilliance as a writer who draws equally on jazz, folk, R&B and country proves an easy match for her brilliance as a performer. These richly personal songs explore the sweetest, saddest, brightest and darkest corners of human existence, setting Rene Marie up for cross-over success.
01. Sound of Red
02. If You Were Mine
03. Go Home
05. Stronger Than You Think
07. Colorado River Song
08. This is (Not) a Protest Song
09. Many Years Ago
10. Joy of Jazz
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