Renee Benot hails from New York and was inspired by the vocal sounds of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson and Dionne Warwick.  She began to hone her vocal skills and developed a smooth sound that is reminiscent of these legendary vocalists.  In addition to these favorites are Anita Baker, Rachelle Ferrell, Angela Bofill and the late Phyllis Hyman, who influenced her performance style.  Ms. Benot made her singing debut in the Restaurant Row Theater District at "Don't Tell Mama" in NYC.  There she began to develop her skills as a professional songstress and performer.  She studied Music and Drama at the prestigious HB Studio and studied with world renowned Broadway vocal coach Therman Bailey and most recently, with award winning songwriter and record producer, Gordon Chambers. While touring with the original lead singer of the Shirelles, Shirley Alston-Reeves in "The Shirley Alston Revue", she met and began working with several members of Kool and the Gang. "From the first three seconds you hear her voice, you're going to hear something very exciting, yet comfortably familiar.  Her sophisticated presence and sultry sound immediately catches your attention and transfers your emotion into high gear." Says world traveled percussionist, Lon Ivey. 
 
Since the beginning, Renee Benot continues to develop her songwriting skills were you’re allowed a bird's eye view of life's journey and challenges. Her lyrics offer her audience an intimate look at her struggle to balance life, love and her passion for this unpredictable business which has become her quest. She states: "I'm a dreamer...I believe in passion for life, regardless of how many unexpected turns it takes...Life is an adventure, if you treat it like one, you'll never be disappointed."  And an adventure it has been for this illustrious performer and dynamic artist.   Ms. Benot has performed at clubs in New York such as, Blue Water Grill, City Rib, Allegria Hotel, Nu Urban Cafe, Retro Lounge, Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson's Sugar Bar and NYC Hilton Hotel.  Her much anticipated CD debut entitled "On & On" has already created a new found excitement with her smooth jazz audience.  Expect to see much more of Renee Benot in 2014. “Thanks to the emergence of Contemporary Jazz and classic Pop, we proudly present the infusing smooth and sensuous sounds of Renee Benot." says S.C. Thomas, Executive Producer for Jonei Productions.  

 

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