She is described as “captivating in manner, voice and message” (Rip it up Magazine) “an intoxicating performer” (The Barefoot Review), “a remarkable voice” (Glam Adelaide)
“a voice like tiramisu topped with smooth chocolate sauce.” - Angus Stone
Born of Jamaican heritage in the UK, Miss Renee Simone was raised singing along to her mother's vinyl collection of Jazz and Motown. Her teenage years were infused with the iconic beats of 90s RnB icons such as Janet Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Whitney, Salt n Pepa, TLC to name a few... add a dash of old school hip hop, the sultry tones of UK trip hop and a sprinkling of some well selected pop ... and you start to feel the essence of MRS.
"A wonderful talent"- Molly Meldrum
After leaving London to go on a holiday to New Zealand she literally never went home. Ditching the Northern Hemisphere for her new found love of snowboarding she took up a job alongside DJ Freddy Flyfingaz as a radio DJ and MC. The breakbeats show 'Ghetto' featuring freestylers from various cities they were visiting, toured New Zealand and found its way across the water to Australia. They finished the tour in tropical Byron Bay in 2003 where MRS instantly found her island home. MRS performed and toured with a number of bands and was often seen playing her signature 'pop up street shows' with her island soul band 'Blackbirds'. They took street shows to the next level with exquisite lighting and decor. They had people dancing in the streets of Byron Bay as if they were in a plush theatre. It was there she coined the phrase "Byron Bay Experience".
In 2010 Blackbirds reached the semi finals of Australia's Got Talent and were the first band to be crowd funded on Pozible (then called Go fund me) by TV fans to create their self titled album.
"Its Excellent"- Kyle Sandilands
In 2013 Miss Renee Simone stepped out as a solo artist and was invited to record vocals with a number Australian icons including Xavier Rudd, Angus Stone and Bernard Fanning. She joined Fanning as a guest on stage at Splendour in the Grass festival in 2014.
The release of her solo album, ‘ROAR’ established her as a unique voice in Australia. Bernard Fanning stated “Miss Renee is able to straddle jazzy soul, folk, pop and reggae and make all of the styles her own. A great singer with a very unique style"
“Mesmirizing” - Rip it Up Magazine
Her songs are about what it means to be a woman and a mother. They are written based on a collection of interviews with women of all ages across the world and she sings the most common themes, like the drunken tricks of a manipulative man, the fire in the belly that motherhood brings, the sadness of our parent's generation who worked so hard for ‘the man’ they forgot to live, the art of letting a prospective lover know how to treat you right and the stance that 'we get what we put up with.'
ROAR received album of the week on several stations including ABC Radio National, Sydney’s Eastside Radio and 2 Bob FM and Soul & Jazz radio within the first 2 months of release.
“Will leave you on an emotional high” – OnDit Magazine
"If honey had a sound it would be the voice of Miss Renee Simone”-Bernard Fanning
Her relaxing soulful shows are well suited to intimate settings and she has graced some of the most beautiful theatres and halls across the country including The Lizottes theatres, Byron Theatre, The Gov Adelaide, Brisbane Jazz Club, Mona Hobart, Meeniyan Hall South Gippsland, Tilleys Canberra, Enmore Theatre Sydney, The Recital Centre Melbourne, The Pier Port Macquarie, Brisbane Powerhouse, No.5 Church St Bellingen, Blue Beat Sydney, J Theatre Noosa, Jazz Cafe Camden London and has enjoyed playing festivals such as Bluesfest, Falls Fest, Reggaefest, Mullum Fest, Splendour in the Grass, Island Vibe and Adelaide Fringe Festival.
She has opened for acts such as Vika and Linda, Omar (London), Eric Bibb and this month will open for Morcheeba at Sydney's Metro Theatre and will play the Mojo stage at Byron Bay Bluesfest.
"Reminiscent of and Early sade" - Eric Bibb
“Rootsy, smooth, relaxed back porch elegance” 4ZZZFM
Miss Renee Simone is the Director of Byron Bay's Entertainment Company Byron Bay Experience.