"Resonant, warm, captivating and melodic..."
…Just few words to describe the voice of Los Angeles, California native Renée Collins Georges who began singing in church, at the age of four. Her professional musical journey began when on a chance-while working for an L.A. Music Agent-she sent a résumé, with a recording of her voice to the management company of an artist she greatly admired. Her timing was right, and she landed a spot as a “Raelette,” singing and touring with the legendary Ray Charles and His Orchestra. This experience prepared Renée to work as a performer, as well as groomed her to become a music and media arts contributor, sharing the lessons she acquired from Charles and her mother, gospel singer, Mattie Collins.
Multi-talented, Renée possesses a wealth of skill and knowledge from years of working in the entertainment industry. While in her Freshman year of college at Cal-State Northridge, Renée got her start working in advertising. She also worked for KJLH-FM radio (owned by Stevie Wonder); but she landed her first professional "gig" as a backup singer for rapper, MC Hammer. She has performed the National Anthem on many occasions, but most notably for the U.S. Women's Volleyball Team at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
She is a versatile and seasoned performer, who has toured four Continents with her melodic voice. Recent performances include, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center with vocalist Diane Schuur, Ray Charles alums and former Raelettes; and Festival Ljulbjana, Slovenia. She has performed at many historic festivals and venues (including the Kremlin) and has shared the stage of these venues with many legendary artists and music icons. As a child, she appeared in print ads, and a television commercial. She has recorded voiceovers and jingles, most recently voicing a non-broadcast, web video, which won a 2016 bronze Telly Award; and was a 2017 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Jazz Vocal Competition Finalist.
With the ability to headline in settings from duo to an 18-piece big band, she delivers standards, straight-ahead, smooth and Latin Jazz, R&B, gospel and blues with vocal versatility. This versatility is apparent through her love of music, which ranges from country to classical. She has a natural comfort in song and enjoys interpreting lyric and writing original melodies. A consummate professional, Renée enjoys work in vocal performance, voiceover, music and video production, writing and arts education (assemblies, residencies and workshops).
Renée has a passion for children and believes in giving back. She shares her time and talents as a voice instructor at a local arts non-profit after-school center; provides private voice coaching; and performs for church and community events.
In addition to performing, Renée continues to contribute what she has learned, by engaging the creative development of children through music education programs, productions, workshops and performance assemblies, reaching over 4,000 students. In 2015, she just joined the Maryland Chapter of Young Audiences, Arts For Learning (yamd.org) as a roster as a teaching artist. She is an artist in Residence with the Maryland State Arts Council and also a roster teaching artist with Arlington County Public Schools. Renee has provided programs through DC public schools under a 2015 Grant Awarded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH).
An emerging children’s songwriter, she created, wrote and produced and launched two music videos for her brain-child, Kidz MusiQ Club (TM) Jazzing Up Learning!-an educational music CD. A family affair with her husband, trombonist DuPor Georges and son, Alston. Founded by Renée in 2009-2010, Kidz MusiQ Club introduces children of all ages to acoustic music and movement while furthering an appreciation of the American genre known as jazz. Her slogan: kids + music + education = Jazzing Up Learning! (TM)
Renée possesses a B.A. in Mass Media Arts Television Production, Magna cum Laude, from the University of the District of Columbia.