Renee Benot hails from New York and was inspired by the vocal sounds of Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson and Dionne Warwick.  She began to hone her vocal skills and developed a smooth sound that is reminiscent of these great vocalist;  in addition to her favorites that include Anita Baker, Rachelle Ferrell, Angela Bofill and the late Phyllis Hyman. She 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 an extraordinary performer and songstress.  She studied Music and Drama at the prestigious HB Studio and studied with world renowned Broadway vocal coach Therman Bailey and most recently, with Grammy award winning songwriter, Gordon Chambers. She has also toured with the original lead singer of the famed Shirelles, Shirley Alston-Reeves in "The Shirley Alston Revue" and worked with several members of Kool and the Gang. "From the first three seconds she opens her mouth, you know you are going to hear something very exciting and yet comfortably familiar.  She has a sophisticated presence and sultry sound,  that immediately catches your attention and transfers your emotional spirit into high gear." Says world traveled percussionist, Howie Grate.  Since the beginning, Renee Benot continues to develop her songwriting skills which gives you 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 still believe in passion for life's unexpected...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 contemporary artist.   Ms. Benot has gone on to perform at clubs in New York such as, Blue Water Grill, City Rib, Allegria Hotel, Nu Urban Cafe, Retro Lounge, and most recently at Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson's Sugar Bar and NYC Hilton Hotel.  Ms. Benot admires the contemporary styles of Mary J. Blige, Chrisette Michelle.  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 Smooth Jazz and classic Jazz/Pop, we proudly present the infusing smooth and sensuous sounds of Renee Benot." says Philip S. Thomas, Executive Producer for Jonei Productions.   Welcome to Renee Benot... an incredible talent and  extraordinary entertainer!

 

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