Experiment in Truth
Grammy–nominated Jazz vocalist René Marie returns to our Gardens. Marie’s unique blend of jazz, blues, folk and gospel combine with her deeply personal style to create an unforgettable celebration of the human spirit. Intimate and magical, this performance cannot be missed.
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In a span of two decades, vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as a singer, 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. It’s an exploration of the bright and dark corners of the human experience, and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit.
Marie was born in November 1955 into a family of seven children in Warrenton, Virginia. While neither of her parents were formally trained musicians, radio and records of all kinds—blues, folk, bluegrass and classical —made up the soundtrack to her childhood. Marie had just one year of formal piano training at age nine, then another year of lessons at age 13. During her teenage years, she sang in a few R&B bands in her community and she composed and sang her first piece when she was 15. René Marie put her musical aspirations aside when she married a former bandmate, but by the mid-1990s when Marie was 41, she produced her first CD, signed onto the MaxJazz label, and took the title role in the world premiere production of Ella and Her Fella, Frank at the Barksdale Theatre in Richmond.
Marie’s self-produced CD, Renaissance, was released in 1999. In 2000, she signed onto the MaxJazz label and recorded four more over the next four years: How Can I Keep from Singing?, Vertigo , Live at Jazz Standard and Serene Renegade. She parted ways with the label in 2005 as part of a strategy to take more control of her own career track. She moved to Denver, where she recorded and co-produced her sixth CD, Experiment in Truth. The soundtrack to Marie’s one-woman play, Slut Energy Theory: U’Dean, was released in 2009. In 2010, she launched a series of vocal therapy group sessions called SLAM. Marie joined the Motéma label with the 2011 release of Voice of My Beautiful Country, Black Lace Freudian Slip, and I Wanna Be Evil: With Love To Eartha Kitt, which earned a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocals category.
The newest installment in her ever-expanding body of work is Sound of Red. It’s her first album of all-original material, an 11-song set that provides insightful glimpses into the many small but profound turning points that are part of an individual life. Perhaps more than most artists, Marie understands music’s capacity to heal and inspire. Not only has she herself been the beneficiary of it, but she has made every effort along the way to extend those same benefits to others.
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