René Marie is an award-winning singer whose style incorporates elements of jazz, soul, blues and gospel. She is a fierce independent songstress who started her career in her 40s.
Her show, called “Experiment In Truth,” comes to South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) on Friday, Jan. 25, at 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 26, at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show. Buy tickets online at www.smdcac.org or call the Box Office at 786-573-5300.
The center is located at 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay. Free parking is available. The SMDCAC Cabaret Series is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay.
René Marie has become a heroine to many — a woman of great strength exuding stamina and compassion, often explaining how finding her voice and self through singing gave her the courage to leave an abusive marriage. But since the release of her recording debut, Renaissance, this Colorado-based singer has also evolved into one of the greatest and most sensuous vocalists of our time.
Unmistakably honest and unpretentious while transforming audiences worldwide with her powerful interpretations, electrifying deliveries and impassioned vocals, René Marie has drawn a legion of fans and music critics who find themselves not only entertained, but encouraged and even changed by her performances.
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 explained.
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.
What followed was a whirlwind of success and great critical acclaim rarely seen in the jazz world, from the LA Times to the Washington Post, from the Miami Herald to the Chicago Tribune. She has received several awards throughout her career 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 U.S. and 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.