Rene Marie comes from Warrington, Va., the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her voice is as beautiful as the countryside she calls home. In the music business she is a late bloomer, not signing her first record contract until she was 42, after she was spotted at Washington DC’s iconic jazz club, Blues Alley. Her music often reflects her political activism. In 2008 in Denver, she sang Lift Every Voice and Sing, known as the Negro National Anthem, at a civic event when she had been asked to sing the “Star Spangled Banner.”

– Here she is at her best singing a love song called “Thanks, But I Don’t Dance.”
– Her latest album is called, I Wanna be Evil.