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Reesa Renee

Washington, Iowa, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Washington, Iowa, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
Solo R&B Singer/Songwriter




"Virginia’s Black Cobain joins forces with Reesa Renee on the new single ‘Brown Sugar’."

Virginia’s Black Cobain joins forces with Reesa Renee on the new single ‘Brown Sugar’. - Jukeboxdc

"Black girl magic on deck!"

15 Moving Photos Of Sisters Bringing Blackness To The Women's March On Washington - Essence Magazine

"Reesa Rene redefines the rich DC sound!"

Reesa Rene redefines the rich DC sound! - DC Modern Luxury Magazine

"The Unique Powerhouse sound of Reesa Renee"

The Unique Powerhouse sound of Reesa Renee - saloot magazine

"Reesa Renee Talks inspiring Artists For Black Music Month"

Reesa Renee Talks inspiring Artists For Black Music Month -

"New Video: Reese Renee “Guess Again”"

New Video: Reese Renee “Guess Again” - Radio One WKYS DC

"Reesa Renee Shows Home Is Where Her Heart Is On ‘Guess Again’"

It takes a special person to be a musician. You have to have talent, of course, but you also have to possess the emotional and mental strength needed to be away from home or your loved ones for long stretches of time whether you're holed up in the studio recording or going from city to city on the road touring. With those demands on time, people can feel neglected and relationships can get rocky. DMV-based singer/songwriter Reesa Renee experienced that push and pull when her music career started taking off and she found herself unable to balance family and music. From that struggle, the song "Guess Again" from her EP Lovers Rock was born. -

"New Video: Reesa Renee – Guess Again (Premiere)"

YouKnowIGotSoul is proud to premiere the new video for the song “Guess Again” by emerging rnb talent Reesa Renee. Fresh off of her performance in our Sol Village showcase, the DMV native shares the visual for the very personal song to her career. She revealed to us about the song: -

"Reesa Renee Shares Vibrant New Video For ‘Guess Again’ Ahead Of NYC Headlining Show"

Ahead of her performance at the Uptown Soul Lounge on March 25th, multifarious DC soul queen Reesa Reene keeps her 2015 EP Lovers Rock fresh with the release of her brand new music video for “Guess Again.”

Produced by Reesa’s brother P’Kay, the buoyant song is a personal number with vibrant visuals to match the uplifting message.

“I wrote the song in a very busy season of my career – I was at a transitioning point in my career where I was spending a lot more time on the road,” Renee says. “I was juggling family and music, and music was winning. I found myself missing family functions and birthday parties and it was really bothering me. I wrote that song for my loved ones – just a way of telling them I cared even though I was gone and missing things.” -

"One Track Mind: Reesa Renee’s ‘Hello Mama’"

Standout Track: No. 4, “Hello Mama,” an upbeat, joyous R&B cut from the Landover-raised singer’s second effort, the seven-song Lovers Rock. A preacher’s daughter, Reesa Renee first broke into the spotlight when she won Amateur Night at the Apollo in 2011. Recorded at House Studios in Hyattsville—where Renee had previously recorded her 2012 debut album Reelease— “Hello Mama” starts off with a repeated rhythm guitar lick and handclap percussion courtesy of producer Reggie Volume, before Renee comes in with conversational vocals slowly cascading into soaring and jazzy harmonies. Renee’s soulful and vibrant delivery of the phrase “ride, ride, ride” stands out melodically. - Washington City Paper


Hot on the local music scene is Reesa Renee, a soulful R&B singer and lyrical poet whose musical talents have been showcased alongside performers like Chuck Brown, Raheem DeVaughn, Eric Roberson, and Wale. Renee launched her solo career in 2011, becoming the second person to win the prestigious Amateur Night at the Apollo in the last three years with an original song. Instead of singing a cover, Renee won with her “Got Me Loose” song. - Tagg Magazine

"Reesa Renee @ Maryland LIVE! Casino"

Coming across great new music is like finding gold after searching through piles of aluminum. That’s exactly how SOS felt after attending Reesa Renee’s performance at Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, MD last night. There were so many positive elements to this experience that we had to break it down. You Ready? Okay, Cool. - Season of the Socialite

"Reesa Renee's Midas Touch"

"Reesa Renee has a boundless, compelling dynamism that grabs art-chasing hearts and music-loving’s a great feeling to meet a rising young star in one’s hometown and actually believe in the person’s talent as well as their ability to..." - Dcbrand99



"Reesa's Picks"

We are proud to present #ReesasPicks by DMV's very own Reesa Renee. Featuring latest women's crop tops, cargo pants, and kids footwear - with a little help from her nephew, let Reesa be your personal shopper! #BeElite → - SportsZone

"Best of the DMV 2013"

Here are your favorite local artists of 2013, according to your votes. -

"Fresh spins on D.C. R&B: Visto, Alison Carney, others continue area’s rich soul tradition"

It’s been almost a year since Maryland singer Reesa Renee released her debut album, “Reelease,” which pulls from go-go, alt-soul and spoken word. She’s celebrating the milestone with a big show at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Aug. 23 that includes a surprise roster of some of her favorite D.C. R&B and soul singers. “Everybody on the show is from here, just like everybody involved in the first album is from here,” Renee says. “You’ve got to start from your foundation.”

The singer-songwriter, who won Apollo Amateur Night in 2011 with her original song “Got Me Loose,” has spent the past year traveling through North America on her “Wonderland Cool” tour. Still, she says, there is nothing like receiving a warm welcome at home.

“It’s always nice to receive a pat on the back, but it’s even better when it’s from home,” she says. “That’s like your parents telling you that you’re doing a good job — you’re just like, ‘Wooo!’?”

This piece has been updated to correct the date of Reesa Renee’s concert at the Fillmore Silver Spring - Washington Post

"Reesa Renee on Fox 5 DC NEWs Morning Show!"

Interview and performance on the Fox 5 morning show. - Fox 5 DC

"Top 25 DMV Artist to watch in 2013"

All in all, I’d say the DMV had a great year—especially when it comes to music. But who should you watch out for in 2013? All these people next to numbers listed below -


2011 Apollo champ has has made even bigger waves in 2012 with her debut album Reelease, which at one point outpaced Usher’s album and reached top 20 on the iTunes R&B charts. The success of the soul siren’s album led to a headline date at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, a sponsorship deal with Sports Zone and features on the Washington Post ,, The Washington City Paper and Soul Train. - 93.9 WKYS FM WASHINGTON

"Reesa Renee Makes a Strong First Impression on Reelease"

At this point last year, I knew very little about Reesa Renee. While the upstart Landover, Md., singer generated modest buzz in the D.C. scene, she remained mostly under the radar. Since then, Renee has won first place at Apollo Amateur Night and performed live on Fox5 Morning News.

Still, there were surprising moments at her show on Saturday. At Fillmore Silver Spring, Renee belted out tunes from her debut album, Reelease—out today—amid a who's-who of D.C. musicians: Largo, Md., rapper RAtheMC showed up for her verse on "Listen," and jetsetter Tabi Bonney performed songs from his own catalog. Not bad for a relative newcomer. - Washington CityPaper

"FSO 2011: Estelle, Raheem DeVaughn, Phil Ade, Reesa Renee [Gallery] Read more: FSO 2011: Estelle, Raheem DeVaughn, Phil Ade, Reesa Renee [Gallery]"

Photos of Estelle, Raheem DeVaughn, Phil Ade, Reesa Renee and more at FSO 2011 Nov 5th at The Washington Convention Center.

- WPGC 95.5 FM

"Reesa Renee: My Majic 102.3 Artist of the Week"

May 7, 2012 By Pharoh Martin - My Majic 102.3 FM

"DMV’s Own: Reesa Renee"

Reesa Renee has opened up for the legendary Chuck Brown, Roy Ayers, Wale and more. She was the first artist to win the prestigious Amateur Night at the Apollo in three years with her original song, “Got Me Loose.” Her debut album is set to drop tomorrow, August 28. Check out her interview below. - 93.9 WKYS.COM FM

"Reesa Renee Gives Us A “Reelease” At Her Exclusive Listening Party"

If you haven’t heard of Reesa Renee yet, you still have time to get hip before her debut album Reelease drops on August 28.

The D.C. songstress held an exclusive media listening party at Martin’s in the U Street Corridor to give a sneak peek of Reelease. Produced by her brother, PKay, the album is the brainchild of a young artist influenced by Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Chuck Brown, which becomes evident as you listen to the album. Reesa Renee gives us a gumbo of sultry melodies, upbeat tempos and stimulating lyrics that pleases the eardrums. - A daily dose of tea

"Sound Check: Reesa Renee—‘Loose’ and Excited"

When asked about her favorite episode of Soul Train, 24 year-old Reesa Renee can’t really say since she was too young to remember the show that enjoyed its height of popularity before she was even born. But, Reesa has a pretty good idea what Soul Train represented and says that it influences who she is as an artist.

“I came in on the ‘remember whens’ of Soul Train,” she says. “I love the history with it, though, and just about all the dancing parts, too. It reminds me of my parents, and represents the effect music is supposed to have on someone. It’s a good ‘ole music feel that I’ve studied and strive to bring back and mesh with more of the modern sounds.”

A native of Washington D.C., Reesa Renee launched her music career less than two years ago after a successful run of multiple wins at the famous Apollo Theatre in New York. Now poised to enjoy a whirlwind of fanfare as she prepares for the August release of her debut album Reelease, Reesa talks to about what Jill Scott says about her music, how she has been inspired by the late Chuck Brown, and how music transformed her life. -

"The Root DC: Reesa Renee on Life After the Apollo"

VLOG: The Root DC/Washington Post - Washington Post

"Washington Post: How neo-soul singer Reesa Renee answered her career calling"

By Erin Williams
Reesa Renee, by all accounts, is not supposed to be a soul singer.

The bubbly 24-year-old grew up in Landover, a preacher’s kid. “My life was all about my father pouring into his ministry,” she says. She also had dreams of playing in the WNBA. - Washington Post

"Urban Cusp Video of the Week! Reesa Renee "Inspire Me to Write""

- March 2, 2012 Posted by URBAN CUSP in LIFE, LIFE.STYLE, POP CULTURE



"Reesa Renee releases 'Wonderland Cool' video"

She’s not quite neo-soul and not quite r&b. A rapper - more like a poet with an MC’s flow - as well as a vocalist, up and coming Reesa Renee unveiled mad swag via the video for ‘Wonderland Cool’ yesterday to the public. For someone who’s been performing for a couple of months, she’s doing pretty darn good. - EXAMINER.COM


This feature is turning into a wonderful digging in the crates so to speak because Reesa Renee is a true artist from the DMV! Reesa Renee launched her career this year back in January literally(check below for the info) and has been catapulting herself forward ever since performing in the DMV as well as in New York City (with a win at the famed Apollo). Here is her latest video “Wonderful Cool”. I could not think of a better title for this song because image is what you want it to be and Reesa addresses that in her song. Click on Play and I have no doubt that you will enjoy. - CREATIVE BEACH COLLECTIVE


Determination to succeed is an understatement for this artist as she traveled to the Historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. Reesa Renee traveled to the Apollo Theater to perform in the Amateur Night Show, she performed and original song "Get Me Loose" which has a jazz and won first place. Winning first place was a surreal experience for the artist but also the first time in three years that artist has performed an original song and won. This is certainly a monumental moment for the artist and also for her supporters in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area. As winner of Amateur she has been invited to come back for a chance to win $10,000. To learn more and to donate to her traveling back to Harlem visit her website ReesaRenee - SAREAIS

"Neo-Soul’s Latest Star Reesa Renee Releases “Wonderland Cool” Single"

PRLog (Press Release) - Oct 05, 2011 -
(Washington, DC) -- Reesa Renee, an artist, musician, songwriter, and lyrical poet from the DC Metropolitan Area, released her “Wonderland Cool” single today on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and CD Baby. Wonderland Cool is a fun, upbeat hip-hop track that tells the story of Reesa’s self-discovery of style and fashion. The video was released last week on YouTube.

In a review of the video for the Washington Examiner, Journalist Lee Anderson writes, “Reesa realizes… she’s too cool to go along with something she isn’t comfy with and that she can be fly simply on the merits of her individuality. And that is what makes the video directed by Jason Baustin great. While the video lacks an elaborate 24 person dance routine on top of car hoods in a parking lot in the desert or shots of luxury cars that no one on the set owns cruising down the highway, what the video does have is relevance. It visually relates to what is happing sonically.”

Watch the Wonderland Cool video featuring Celebrity Fashion Designer Kenneth “KAS” Flanagan: - PRLOG

"The Playlist: Unexpected Soul"

Reesa Renee‘s sound has a way of sneaking up on you. By her persona you expect a fun and soulful sound, but what you actually get it beyond expectations. This gifted songstress and poet takes listeners on a vocal trip from the timeless sounds of the jazz era to the modern R&B landscape and every where in between. Checkout her new video for the upbeat and fun “Wonderland Cool” - WEBSTER STYLE MAGAZINE

"Breaking NEWS :: Congratulations, REESA RENEE for placing 1st @ The APOLLO! #DCTAKEOVER"

FRESH. YOUNG. SOUL. FUNK. with a DC hip hop edge....more to come from the talented young artist. I had the pleasure to attend the video release of neo-soul newcomer REESA RENEE and I was thoroughly impressed. Her charm and approach to entertainment were genuine and unparalleled. I couldn't be more proud to say that she wears the DMV badge proudly with quality and respect. Her debut video featured cameos in our native BYFK style, as well as couture clothing designer Kenneth "KAS" Flannagan, who dresses the stars.

It was simple. The young athlete was encouraged to pick up a pen 3 years ago and she realized she had a unique talent and approach. Just reaching her apex of recording and performing, it was time to look at her image. Her team put her in the very capable hands of designer KAS, and the rest appeared on the pages between the lyrics. I enjoy authentic genuine dialogue about life with a strong melodic backbeat....that's what music is all about. This young, malleable talent is going far, did I mention her eclectic, live show made me proud,
and yes this girl plays an instrument.
SHE JUST PLACED 1st @ The APOLLO in NYC a few hours ago...
show your support DC


What makes a voice different? What makes a voice stand out? Aren't we all different? Well, when it comes to singers, no not quite. Needless to say, most crooners have become carbon copies of each other. Even certain voices that do happen to be different have a contrived sort of originality about them. So when I happened to be at the Village Underground, NYC last week Sunday and Reesa Renee came up to the stage, I didn't expect to hear the sound that she produced. She has a projected raspy quality, forcefully sliding between low and high notes; yet the jumping around still holds melodic nature. It's a staple for certain Jazz singers, but her sound has hints of Neo-Soul (notice how the band chimed in too! They hadn't heard the song before either!). - THEGIRLBLUE.COM


Updated: Monday, 17 Oct 2011, 11:54 AM EDT
Published : Monday, 17 Oct 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

On October 5th, local singer Reesa Renee won first place at New York's legendary ‘Amateur Night at the Apollo.’
Next week she will return to Harlem to perform for the grand prize of $10,000.
Renee joined us to talk about her experience and her music.


"Press Contact: Sam Martin"

Press Contact
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Still working on that hot first release.



Reesa Renee has notably earned her position as an entertainer. While performing in front of audiences nationwide and internationally, she has headlined: Live Nation's historical Fillmore venue, The House of Blues, Howard Theater and The Gladstone in Toronto to name a few. After launching her solo career in January 2011 and winning the prestigious Amateur Night at The Apollo, with her original song "Got Me Loose", Reesa went on to release her debut album "Reelease" in 2012, which charted in the Top 20 for R&B/ Soul on iTunes and landed her first tour entitled "The Wonderland Cool Tour". 
On July 9, 2015, Reesa Renee Debuted her new "Lover's Rock", EP at the House of Blues in Hollywood, California, where she received a standing ovation and rave reviews. This sparked the "Lovers Rock Tour", where an autographed copy of the EP was released personally to fans in various cities on the tour prior to its digital release on August 20, 2015. The Lover's Rock EP consists of funky melodies and vibrant undertones, coupled with a lyrical message that makes listeners zone out feeling lost in the excitement of the music. Lover's Rock will guide listeners into a new space in their minds, which will create new memorable moments. Reesa Renee has made quite the statement as a newcomer to the music scene. We are proud, happy, and eager to spread her great music, but importantly, her warm personality and message to the world!

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