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BIOGRAPHY

"Resonant, warm, captivating and melodic..."

 

"Whether she is singing solo, duo, or with a 17-piece big band, her voice captures you." - Ellen Williams Carter, WPFW-FM 89.3.

“Renée told students that music was her way to deal with hardship and adversity [and like Ray Charles]; the arts provided a way for her to cope with challenges like poverty, discrimination, and tragedy. ' Moreover, she said, 'The arts are a great way to cultivate excellence, for the beauty that is found through the arts, translates into life.” – Lisa Mathews, Artist of Milkshake; Host, Young at Heart Radio Show – WTMD, Baltimore

Renée Collins Georges is a Los Angeles, California native, who has carved out a remarkable career in music. The daughter of gospel singer Mattie Collins, Renée’s humble beginnings began singing in the church choir and through public school music programs. In 1994, she landed her first professional gig on the Too Legit to Quit Tour with former rapper MC Hammer. While working for a music agent at ICM in Los Angeles, her professional music journey took wings again. When on a chance, 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 Orchestra. She has traveled four continents as one of the last Raelettes to hit the road with Ray Charles in a backing vocal career that spanned from 1994 until Charles’ final show in July 2003. She was the first and only Raelette to sing and tour with the legend while pregnant, which was considered unprecedented at the time. Renée has been a featured vocalist and panelist in Ray Charles tributes, including a weekend Symposium at Berklee College of Music; a Tribute to Ray Charles at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, with trumpeter Kenny Rampton, former Raelettes, her husband, trombonist DuPort Georges, and vocalist, Diane Schuur. A 2016 blues backing vocals arranger record date included: saxophonists Bruce Williams and Walter Blanding; and trombonist Wycliff Gordon. In 2021 she performed with Slovenian entertainer, Uros Perich and the RTV Big Band in Ljubljana. She returned to Slovenia in 2019 with former Raelettes, to sing and record with Uros, where she received a vocal arranging credit on America the Beautiful, a tribute to the legacy and music of the late genius of soul.

Renée is an arts multi-talent: a Bronze Telly Award voice over talent, songwriter, session recording vocalist and teaching artist. A Maryland resident and active performer in the Washington DC metro area, she uses her voice to entertain as well as educate as a vocal teaching artist with Arts for Learning Maryland, and Arlington County Public Schools. She is a Maryland State Arts Council approved roster artist; a 2017 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Vocal Competition Finalist, and Grant Award recipient of the DC Arts and Humanities Creative Sparks Initiative.

Founder, Executive/Creative Director of Kidz MusiQ Club LLC, Jazzing up Learning! ™ (a music arts initiative that introduces children to acoustic music and furthers an appreciation for jazz, using music elements and core concepts of learning). Renée’s love of Jazz developed into a small music company known as Kidz MusiQ Club, which she began by writing educational songs and collaborating with her husband, trombonist DuPort Georges after her son was born.

Renée is also a licensed Realtor®, Your Singing House Hunter with Keller Williams Flagship of Maryland. Renee possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Communication: Mass Media Art-Television/Video Production, magna cum laude from the University of the District of Columbia.

Renée is committed to the goal of using her voice and skills to entertain audiences; her passion for music, to cultivate future generations of jazz listeners; and her knowledge of the real estate market to help families obtain home ownership; and strengthen community.