renata

renata

BandRockPop

Pop/Rock that journeys throught the heights of songwriting and storytelling with something that is true from the soul.

Biography

"Life belongs to us." The Heights

Here is a story of five best friends who met in high school and began on an adventure the way they wanted. They have built all the roads, and travel them with honesty and imagination. "The ultimate goal of this journey is to write great songs," says singer Kurtis. "It's to take the five of our lives and create one sound that can speak to so many more. Yes, we want to be on the radio, but we want to be the stuff that gives a damn about how your feeling. The stuff that lets you know your emotions are clear and valid and not blurred by heartless rhymes and manufactured songs."

Through the years the music has seem to have spoken. In 2000, r e n a t a released there debut album, "she walked with kings," a 10 song catalog of artistic poetry and melancholy emotions dressed up in light and dark colors of guitar, harmonica, and piano. Consistent touring throughout northeast clubs, colleges, and in-store performances resulted in over 1800 copies sold within the first 12 months of its release. In mid 2000 Renata's "60" off the album was featured on MTV's "Undressed" and in October of 2000, Colombia Tristar licensed music for use on the WB series "Dawson's Creek."

The guys all grew up in Enfield, Connecticut, not even 10 minutes away from each other. "I would here Kurtis playing guitar and singing at parties and I'd step in and challenge him to a friendly guitar-off," says lead guitarist Mike Nadeau. "And Mike always won," says Kurtis. "We decided to start practicing together and agreed upon me handling the singing and him the cool guitar parts." John, who is now sponsored by LR silver fox drumsticks, and Kurtis had been in many after school jam sessions together and when the time called for a drummer, John was the one and only. Leif was the bass of the town, so Mike heard. Not only did his instrument shake the neighborhood but so did the trunk of his car. "It all started with Paul's Boutique," says Leif, the forth and still missing Beastie Boy. Now the group had a sound, but it was still missing something. A Longtime friend of Mike and Kurtis was doing his own thing on harmonica. Always playing to his fathers Bob Dylan and Neil Young collection, Anton sat in with the band and fell right into the palm of chemistry the rest of them shared. "It was magical and it has been ever since," says Anton.

"We'd practice and sweat every day after school up in my attic," laughs John. "The only careers we ever dreamed of building were in this band."

And it was a dream that was recognized by the bands manager, Rick Clair. After the release of "she walked with kings," in 2000, good friends and outstanding musicians of the band RANE, passed r e n a t a's music to founder of "Essential Group Management," Rick Clair. "Rick taught us the 50/50 rule," says Mike. "50% music and 50% business (give or take a few, of coarse)." We would not be where we are today without the drive, determination and direction of Rick," says the band.

Distributed by Enconn Entertainment, a self run distribution, promotion, retail marketing and booking company; the band's music is carried in over 50 record stores throughout the Northeast. From New York City to Boston, they have built a solid fan base of 2000 fans and street teamers. "Our first big show was at the Webster Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut in 1999," adds Mike. "And we played for 20 kids. Just this past January we headlined the venue for 900 plus. The road is long and the process is slow. Sometimes it's hard to see the progress being made, when you're on the inside looking out."

The bands second release in early 2002 titled "R," was a four song EP that led them in new directions. "I feel it has more sun to shine with, whereas "Kings" had more rain," says Kurtis. "It was the bridge we needed to build to get to where we are now and to where we're going. We just can't stop writing new music these days. Every time the five of us sit down, something new stands up."

r e n a t a has been awarded "Best Original Rock Band" in the Hartford Advocate's 2001 Readers Poll and appeared on CBS for winning the "Best Pop Band," and "Best Male Vocalist" in the Hartford Advocate's 2002 Reader's Poll.

"We are perfectionists," says Mike. "We are never completely satisfied, and when we are, it doesn't last for long."

Performing live has always been a great thing. "We have written many songs with the live show in mind", says Anton. "I've always enjoyed concerts that give the album songs a bit of a twist." Radio however, has not been shy with the band. Connecticut's largest radio station 96.5 TIC-FM has showed them much support. They have made several appearances on the "Gary Craig Morning Show," as well as giving their single, "No Time Like Times Square", daytime rotation. "Their music has an emotion that is indescribable", says Gary Craig. WMRQ is also a huge fan of the music, "If you like the CD then wait till you check these guys out live!" says radio 104'

Lyrics

Gone

Written By: Lyrics By Kurtis Henneberry Music By RENATA

Gone

You don’t know what I’ve been through
The surface is clean here, but not underneath
I’ve been fighting so long
And not yet been able to surrender these arms
I’ve locked so much inside me
The only escape may be to break yourself free

Time goes on
There’s nothing we can do
To bring back what’s gone
Time goes on
There’s nothing we can do
But do what we love to
Time goes on

You don’t know what I go through
The bottle is empty, so bare with me please
And nothing scares me more than
The razor that cuts me apart at the seems

Time goes on
There’s nothing we can do
To bring back what’s gone
Time goes on
There’s nothing we can do
But do what we love to
Time goes on

You know, I’ll be there for you
You know, I’ll be there for you

Blind eyes can see so much
And yes my souls been tattooed in blood
But somehow I’ve swam beyond this flood
And all I’ve done

Time goes on
There’s nothing we can do
To bring back what’s gone
Time goes on
There’s nothing we can do
But do what we love to
But do what we love to
But do what we love to
But do what we love to do, yeah
Time goes on
Time goes on
What’s gone is gone

Lights Of London

Written By: Lyrics by Kurtis Henneberry Music by RENATA

Lights Of London

Naked you stand in the doorway
Waiting for something to make us the same
And this has been a long year, yeah
My fathers been sick and I’m mad at the world
So I close my eyes at night
And wonder if death brings us closer to life

You shine like the lights of London
It’s a brightness these eyes keep finding there way
Shine away, shine away
With the lights of London

And I’ll toe the weight of my world
Around on my shoulders till it breaks my back
Of coarse I dream of the future
Only a fool would not dream of that
And it hurts so bad
To have what I’ve got and not know what I have

You shine like the lights of London
It’s a brightness these eyes keep finding there way
Shine away, shine away
With the lights of London, London, London

You sit at the bar with your heart in a glass
Filled up with something you can’t swallow back
Your friends, there having the time of there lives
There you are, in the way that you shine
The way that you shine

You shine like the lights of London
It’s a brightness these eyes keep finding there way
Shine away, shine away
With the lights of London

You shine like the lights of London
You shine like the lights of London
You shine like the lights of London
With the lights of London

The Heights

Written By: Lyrics By Kurtis Henneberry Music By RENATA

Heights

You are the only thing that I adore
And it’s you that I thank god
I’ve been blessed for
Life is all ours if you wait and see
It’s here because of you
Stuck here with me
Girl, I’d walk on burning stones
For you I’d bare my feet these wounds
You’re a dream come true

The heights are calling us baby
Just the way we imagined they’ve lifted us weightless
The heights are calling us baby
Just the way we imagined they’ve lifted us weightless

Love, the one thing that I came here for
And it’s you that I adore
And you know that well
Time is all I’m asking for
I promise you the world I swear
If you just weight here

The heights are calling us baby
Just the way we imagined they’ve lifted us weightless
While the night is still young, we will come down from
The heights that have lifted us weightless

I will never let them break these walls
Thank God we built, yeah we built them up so tall

The heights are calling our name
There calling our name
There calling our name
Higher, Higher, Higher, whoah
Higher, Higher, Higher, whoah
Higher, Higher, Higher, whoah

The heights are calling us baby
Remember when they said
We’d drive ourselves crazy
They couldn’t have been more wrong
Couldn’t have been more wrong
Could they baby, ah yeah, the heights, I climb for you

Life is all ours if you wait and see
It’s here because of you
Stuck here with me
Whoah, Whoah,
The heights, I climb for you

Discography

2000 - "She Walked With Kings" (LP)
2002- "r" (EP)

Set List

Wherever
The Wind
Here We Are
Dream Fast, Dream Now
These Are the Days
Brother
I Remember You
ButterFlies
Heartbeat
Heights
60

This is a typical set list for the band. The usual set length for a headlining performance is about 80-90 minutes.