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René Marie: Home Is Where the Heart Is

René Marie

Following four highly regarded recordings for MaxJazz, vocalist René Marie independently released her new CD, Experiment in Truth, on May 26 without much fanfare. That same evening, Marie played at Charleston, South Carolina’s Spoleto Festival, her last gig on the road for the foreseeable future. While her notable success as a performer would have seemed improbable a decade ago-the 40-something divorced mother of two had just begun singing professionally-the idea that she would now give up everything she has strived for is surprising, to say the least.

Marie, however, thinks about these self-imposed changes not as the end of her career, but an important juncture that will make other new beginnings possible. Recently married and living happily in Denver, she’s longed for quiet, peaceful time, time to “stay put,” a need powerfully conveyed by her take on the Bob Seger classic “Turn the Page.” Time at home will hopefully translate into energy for fresh, unconventional projects that Marie has simmering on the backburner. In addition to plans for an ambitious one-woman show to open in Denver this fall, Marie recently released a single titled “This is (Not) a Protest Song” as a means of addressing homelessness. Recorded and produced at her own expense, 100 percent of the proceeds from its sale are being donated to homeless charities, including Colorado’s Coalition for the Homeless. The single can be ordered or downloaded from her Web site (renemarie.com).

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