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.
Vocalists like the one and only René Marie deserve to be measured for their originality in voice, spirit, and song.
—All About Jazz
Thanks to an incredible range of vocal ability, a powerful emotional resonance and strong independent streak, René Marie is the right artist to pull off an historic project on the multi-Grammy-nominated label Motéma Music with the release of I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Eartha Kitt) that is an ode to one of the most influential artists ever to grace stage, screen and music studio.
—Pathfinders Travel Magazine