René Marie sings about life and the art of living it fully. On Serene Renegade, her 4th CD for MAXJAZZ, she sings not only about her remarkable story but also those of her father, her mother, her sister and brother and her sons. With this recording, she reminds the listener of her great ability to mine the spirit of a song and interpret it in affecting fashion.
In a span of two decades, 11 recordings and countless stage performances, vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also 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’s an exploration of the bright and dark corners of the human experience, and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit.