Gina Rene

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  • Noisy Planet
Eclectic songbird Gina Rene found her earliest musical influences inside two generations of her very own multi-cultural family. Her grandfather Leon Rene wrote the rock n’roll classic, “Rockin Robin” as well as Louis Armstrong’s theme song “Sleepy Time Down South”. Her father wrote “Wham Bam” which featured blues legend Johnny “Guitar” Watson and drummer Earl Palmer. Going well beyond her lineage, everything from the sounds of 1940’s torch style singing, coupled with the soul of Chaka Khan and Prince took hold of her creative soul. However, the raw creativity of 80’s hip hop became the final ingredient of the harmonic recipe that gave birth to Gina Rene’s incomparable musical style.

A native of the Bohemian city of Santa Cruz, California, Gina Rene grew up performing everywhere she could including the Philippines, Malaysia, Mexico City, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Detroit, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and more. Upon her high school graduation, she emerged on the San Francisco scene becoming the accidental lead singer of electronic music phenomenon, Soulstice, the brainchild of her producer brother Gabriel Rene who has been a key element in her artistic development and continues to be a frequent collaborator. Thereafter, she sought the best training she could find which she found in Raz Kennedy, Bobby McFerrin’s former teacher. She then jetted down the coast to light up spots in the City of Angeles quickly finding a home at Hollywood’s renowned hip-hop café where she eventually earned a reputation at their late-night freestyle sessions as one fierce femcee. (www.hiphopcafe.org) Her next venture began with a phone call which resulted in her winning rapper turned radio host Yo-Yo’s respect by easily winning over 93.5 KDAY listeners in the “Throw It Up or Slow It Up” contest. Beyond the radiowaves, her songs have also been heard on the movie soundtrack for the Lindsay Lohan starrer Mean Girls and the Walt Disney dance flick Step Up. Her single ‘Be The Change, which featuring Michael Beckwith (The Secret) was considered for a Grammy in 2008, it won 2nd Place in the "R&B/Hip-Hop" category in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) and was The Earth Hour L.A.'s 2008 Theme song.

This exceptional artist injects class, grit and humor into her work both on and off stage with Truth being her constant theme. You hear the passion in her voice and feel her joy when she takes the stage. The honesty in her storytelling recounts her journeys in urban America. Once homeless, she’s seen the ups and downs of struggle first hand, and seamlessly blends her past experiences into a listener’s delight. Audiences cannot help but to respond to her journey from pain to spiritual healing. In addition to uplifting the consciousness of the planet, she’s a role model for all females, a proud part of the movement that dares to break stereotypes of the past, while inspiring a worldwide acceptance of powerful women to be embraced by future generations.
 

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