"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,
“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 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.
Renée Collins Georges is a Los Angeles, California native, who has carved out a career as a vocalist, a Bronze Telly Award voice over talent, songwriter, session recording vocalist and teaching artist. A resident and regular performer in the Washington DC metro area, she also uses her voice to entertain and educate. Renée is a vocal teaching artist with Young Audiences Arts for Learning, Baltimore and Arlington County Public Schools. She is a Maryland State Arts Council approved roster artist; An award-winning Voice Over talent; a Mid-Atlantic Jazz Vocal Competition Finalist, and a Grant Award recipient of the DC Arts and Humanities, Creative Sparks Initiative. She is the Founder, Executive/Creative Director of Kidz MusiQ Club, 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, through which she began collaborating with her husband, trombonist DuPort Georges, to write educational songs after her son was born.
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 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 traveled four continents as one of the last Raelettes 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 at the time, was considered unprecedented. Renée has been featured 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; and vocalist, Diane Schuur. She has performed with Slovenian entertainer, Uros Peric and the RTV Big Band in Ljubljana; and returned in 2019 with former Raelettes, to sing and work as Uros’s vocal arranger and continue the legacy and music of the late, genius of soul.
Renée is am ASCAP member and also a licensed Realtor® with Keller Williams Flagship of Maryland, known as Your Singing House Hunter. For real estate needs, you can contact her via the web at: singinghousehunter.com. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Communication: Mass Media Art: Television/Video Production, magna cum laude from the University of the District of Columbia.