Rene Byrd started her musical career as a singer songwriter by participating in numerous talent contests inter-college competition based in London, which nurtured stars including Daniel and Natasha Bedingfield. Then, aged 14, she joined a band as a backup vocalist.
Rene is third generation West Indian and she comes from a religious and musical background. Her father was a music producer and her uncle is a Gospel singer known as Bishop John Francis who had a gospel TV show broadcasted on Channel 4 called People Get Ready. Francis’ choir sang once for Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Variety Show.
Rene recalls: ‘it was a regular occurrence to see my uncle on TV and he inspired me to sing. His voice is amazing!’ Her most vivid memory as a young child was being side-stage at an open-air concert in London watching Sade, Sting and Tracey Chapman perform which blew her away. So inspired was Rene that she ran on stage, grabbed the mic and spoke to the crowd.
Rene has performed at Elstree Film Studios, at a TG Foundation’s charity event featuring Lady Gaga’s designer Vera Thordardottir, at Paris Fashion Week and on Live at The Forge, Delancey Street in Camden, London. Three special performances include with Tracee Ellis Ross for her popular sitcom Read Between the Lines, an electric set at private club Annabel’s in London’s Mayfair and a performance at the National Art Gallery for the Prime Minister of Lithuania, accompanied by musicians who work with George Michael and Emeli Sandé.
Rene’s performances in both the UK and USA will be produced and promoted by Roy Francis, who works with acts ranging from pop artist Michelle Williams of Destiny Child, American gospel duo Mary Mary and hip hop star Trey Songz. Rene has performed with her brother Tez-lee, who has also written and produced songs on her forthcoming album.
Rene is involved in quite a bit of charity work campaigning for teens and children and raising awareness about ovarian cancer, outside of her music career. She is the Official Ambassador for The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund UK.
Rene Byrd’s single Never Never Never featuring John Holt is released on DreamBoxx Productions.
Never Never Never plays at the end of this Discover Music Show interview:
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