Club Prive` in downtown Detroit made for an elegant setting for thedetroiter.com interview with local singer extraordinaire L’Renee. This exciting, talented young lady burst on to the scene two years ago and now with her debut CD, “2nd Chances” blowin’ up on IPODs and MP3 systems, it seems soon she’ll be on everyone’s regular playlist. Her song “I Love My Life” is quite infectious, with its smooth groove and on point vocals. After catching her appearance over Valentine’s weekend opening for the group “Impromp2” I knew I was catching a glimpse of a future star.
TheDetroiter.com: What made you chose this career path?
L’Renee: Really the career chose me. I went to college and got my degree in business management. I grew up wanting to be an architect but the music in me was too strong to ignore so this is what I decided I had to do.
TheD: What was the biggest mistake you made along the way?
L’Renee: (laughing) Waiting so long to get started.
TheD: How did you get so far in just two short years?
L’Renee: Lots of hard work. I devote of lot of my time to my career since I started off late. But I’m glad I went to school and got my degree first. It will help for the business side of the music industry.
TheD: Why do you feel it’s important to live and work here in Detroit whereas lots of artists leave as soon as they get a little success?
L’Renee: I’m very proud to be from Detroit. There’s a lot good things happening here musically and I want to be a part of it. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere, but I’m very glad to be here right now representing Detroit.
TheD: Tell me your earliest memory musically?
L’Renee: (laughing) Grabbing the mike and singing, ”Doin’ The Butt” with my father’s band when I was maybe 2 years old.
TheD: I bet that was pretty funny.
L’Renee: Yeah. My father’s band used to rehearse in our basement. They played all over town.
TheD: What was the name of his band?
L’Renee: (still laughing) I can’t remember.
TheD: What was the most embarrassing thing to happen to you musically?
L’Renee: Let’s see…Forgetting the words to a song while I was performing in college.
It was ok though. The audience started singing the lyrics and then I picked back up. They gave me good time about it but it was all in fun.
TheD: What are the top 3 things you want your fans to know about you?
L’Renee: That I’m kind hearted, a hard worker, and I’m very determined.
TheD: Three things you’ll need in this business.
TheD: Final question. Where do you see yourself 4 years from now?
L’Renee: (laughing) Not to sound arrogant but accepting my Grammy award.
TheD: I can see that happening. You have a unique sound, and you are very talented. We wish you much success to you in your future.
L’Renee: Thank you.
For more on L’Renee, check out her website: www.myspace/Lreneedetroit