“Music is what I live & breathe for. It’s my first love. A career in music was never a choice; it’s all I know. To me, not pursuing my passion is a lot scarier than the idea of “failure.” The way I see it, if I’m doing what I love, than I’ve already already found success.”
Renée Landry’s vast taste in music reflects her artistry. An old soul, she brings to life the classic sounds of the jazz & Motown eras, with a new modern age twist. With her powerhouse blues vocals, and fiery stage presence, Landry has been compared to legendary artists Etta James, Amy Winehouse, and Janis Joplin.
Born in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Renée’s love for music and songwriting began to develop at a young age. Her unique style and passion for performing were apparent even in her earliest performances at Bon Soo (Sault Ste. Marie’s annual winter festival). At a Bon Soo vocal competition consisting of mainly country singers, Renée dressed in a funky outfit and fedora, got up on stage and belted out Alicia Key’s “A Woman’s Worth” with the poise and confidence of a pro. Even though her soulful style may not have been favored, she remained true to herself. This was only a taste of what was to come. In her early 20’s Renée discovered jazz and found her calling. Soon she began to establish herself as an exceptional young artist, performing alongside renowned local musicians Frank Deresti, Kalle Mattson, Josh Norling, and Jay Case.
In 2010, Renée made the move to Ottawa to pursue her career & education in music at Carleton University and later graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. It was there at Carleton that she was introduced to some of her current band members with whom she has played with for the past 6 years, and where she truly began to develop as a musician. Since then she performed at numerous events & venues such as Loplops Lounge, The Elmdale Tavern, Ottawa Fashion Week, 12 Musicians of Christmas, The Rainbow, Options Jazz Lounge, Bourbon & Bubbly, Salt Dining & Lounge, Live! On Elgin, and The Guest Room Cocktail Lounge, and Ottawa Bluesfest, just to name a few.
With the launch of her new tribute concert series, along with two new EP’s, the year 2016 proved to be a successful one for Renée. Her debut tribute show, “Back To Black: A Tribute To Amy Winehouse, saw two sold out performances in July (2016) & October (2016), and was met with great praise for her interpretation of Amy’s beloved music. In December (2016) Renée hosted her second annual sold out performance of her holiday show “Renée Landry Wishes You A Swinging Christmas” at Live! On Elgin. A tribute to Ella Fitzerald’s classic holiday album “Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas.” After 4 years of anticipation, on October 18th, 2016, Renée finally release her debut EP Chin Up. On Chin Up she “demonstrates her vocal mastery, while truly capturing the spirit and energy of Motown, early jazz, doo wop with the sincerity of the blues, and topped off with a modern pop twist. The album is a well-rounded mix of upbeat tunes and compelling ballads, and a mix of the old and the new” (Agnes, Bytown Sound, October 2016). Still hot off the release of her debut EP, Renée wasn’t stopping there. Just two months after the release of Chin Up, she came back full force with the release of her holiday EP A Christmas Night. Inspired by the holiday classics, Featuring all new original music written by Renée, She “draws on music and lyrical themes that evoke the season with panache and grace. Each of the three tunes is quite stylistically different and together serve as a fantastic addition to your Christmas playlist” (Agnes, Bytown Sound, December 2016).
In 2017 Renée will be starting work on her first full-length studio album. She is currently preparing for the next show in her concert tribute series, coming in Spring 2017. You can also catch Renée playing alongside guitarist Terence Wright. The duo are frequent performers around Ottawa and will be releasing their own musical project in Spring 2017. Renée Landry “uses her super power for good: bringing amazing music to audiences with her dynamic vocal work and compelling songwriting. She’s the music hero Ottawa needs” (Agnes, Bytown Sound, October 2016).