Renee Olstead


  Genre: Jazz Vocal
  Performances at Java Jazz Festival:
Friday March 7, 2008, Medco Energy
Sunday March 9, 2008, Dji Sam Soe
  Website:
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About This Act :
Born in Houston, the only child of creatively supportive parents, Renee grew up in a diverse musical atmosphere and remembers Celine Dion as her first CD purchase. With no formal musical training, the youngster was constantly singing along to the radio, adding her own spunky spin to the hit\’s of the day, and quickly found herself appearing in local musical theater productions and talent showcase. After relocating to Los Angeles to accommodate the shooting schedule for Still Standing and while keeping up her studies with home schooling courses, Renee found time to perform with a local jazz and swing band at such well known Hollywood hotspots as The Madison and The Derby. When it became clear that her commitments were conflicting she decided to make a CD to commemorate her stint with the group, cutting several of the songs that were later selected for her major label debut. The result eventually found it\’s way to the desk of David Foster, the multi-Grammy winning artist, producer and talent scout, justly famed for knowing a good thing when he hears it, including Renee\’s early role model, Celine Dion.Work began with the song selection, which, aside from the abovementioned perennials, highlights Taking A Chance On Love, Is You Is Or Is You Aint My Baby, Meet Me, Midnight, Sunday Kind Of Love and A Slow Boat To China. Also featured is a duet with Peter Cincotti on the Neil Sedaka signature hit Breaking Up His Hard To Do, a glorious rendition of Maria Muldaurs Midnight At The Oasis and A Love That Will Last, written especially for the artist by David Foster and his wife Linda Thompson.

I came to David with a list of songs I love, Renee explains. I knew a lot of the material had been done by some of the greatest artists ever and, of course, that was a little intimidating. I wanted to do them justice, but I was also grateful for the opportunity to keep the flame alive by introducing this music to my own generation and making it new for them. Some people may not take me seriously because of my age, but I can\\\’t let that stop me. This is music that belongs to all of us. And no one more so then a young woman at the cusp of a glorious career.

Taken from Renee\\\’s Official Website

retaken from : javajazzfestival.com/2008/artists

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