Friday, October 14, 2011


Rene Marie, the award winning jazz, soul and blues singer-songwriter whose voice has been compared by critics to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn and her social advocacy to Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln releases her new album Black Lace Freudian Slip  (Motema Music). Black Lace Freudian Slip is a collection of thirteen original songs written by Rene Marie and recorded with her trio of Kevin Bales on piano, Rodney Jordan on bass and Quentin Baxter on drums joined by special guests Bill Kopper on acoustic guitar, Lionel Young on electric guitar and fiddle, Dexter Payne on harmonica and very special guest Michael Croan (Marie's son) on vocals.  Produced by Rene Marie and Bruce Barth, the album showcases Marie's trademark vocals alongside her songwriting abilities including the bluesy "Deep in the Mountains" and the sultry "Black Lace". The album also includes re-imagined versions of Rene Marie's best loved originals such as "Wishes" and "Rufast Daliarg" as well as a number of new compositions.

It is hard to believe that Marie didn’t sing professionally until after she turned 40. But in fact, the Virginia native, married at 18, mother of two by 23 and a member of a strict religious group with her then husband only occasionally sang in public while she was focused on raising a family. It was in 1996 that Marie’s eldest son Michael urged her to take the plunge to pursue a career. “He told me that was exactly what I needed to do” she explains. Two years later following an ultimatum by her husband to either stop singing or leave their home, she chose to leave after 23 years of marriage.

Unmistakably honest and unpretentious while transforming audiences worldwide Rene Marie has drawn a legion of fans and music critics who find themselves not only entertained, but encouraged by her performances. The Washington Post says "best jazz concert ...deeply soulful voice and unique repertoire", "Exquisite" adds the Miami Herald, and "in the very top level of performers" says LA Times. Marie has received several awards including Best International Jazz Vocal CD by the Academie Du Jazz (Paris, France) and has graced the Billboard Charts multiple times propelling her to headliner status at major festivals in the US & abroad including the prestigious Women In Jazz Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival (Scotland), Shanghai Jazz Festival (China) among many others. Black Lace Freudian Slip will be Marie's second release on Motema Music this year. Her earlier album Voice of My Beautiful Country an ambitious celebration of Americana gained national attention this summer -hitting #10 on the Billboard Jazz Chart.

Blacl Lace Freudian Slip Track List:
1. Black Lace Freudian Slip
2. This For Joe
3. Wishes
4. Thanks, But I Don't Dance
5. Free For Day
6. Ahn's Dream
7. Gosh, Look At The Time
8. Rim Shot
9. Fallin' Off A Log
10. Deep In The Mountains
11. Serenity Prayer
12. Rufast Daliarg
13. Tired

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