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 listening to her mothers vinyl collection of Jazz and motown. Her teenage years were filled with the sounds 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, some UK electronica and a sprinkling of the occasional well selected top 40 fave... and you start to feel the essence of an MRS DJ set and vocal style.
After touring as a radio DJ in New Zealand she landed in Byron Bay in 2003. She performed and toured with a number of bands and was often seen playing her signature 'pop up street shows' with gorgeous lamps and plush rugs. Her island soul band 'Blackbirds' had people dancing in the streets of Byron as if they were in a high class establishment. 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 by TV fans to create their self titled album.
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 sang with Bernard Fanning at Splendour in the Grass festival in 2013.
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"
"If honey had a sound it would be the voice of Miss Renee Simone”-Bernard Fanning
ABC Radio National selected ROAR as album of the week shortly after its release.
Miss Renee Simone is now the Director of Byron Bay's boutique entertainment company Byron Bay Experience.