Jazz vocalist to make Spivey Hall debut

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By M.J. Subiria Arauz


Jazz artist Rene Marie will perform songs from her forthcoming CD release titled "Voice of My Beautiful Country" this weekend, said a spokesman for Clayton State University.

John Shiffert said Rene Marie's vocal performance will occur on Saturday, March 26, at 8:15 p.m., at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow.

"She is a remarkable singer," added Sam Dixon, executive director of Spivey Hall at Clayton State University. "She has made a number of recordings, but...she sings them in her own personal way."

Her performance will be accompanied by pianist Kevin Bales, bass player Rodney Jordan and drummer Quentin Baxter, said the spokesman. Tickets to the performance are $40 per person, $10 for Clayton State students and 50 percent off for faculty and staff of the university. Patrons under the age of 12 will not be admitted to all performances, he said. Parents who would like to bring children under 12 should call the box office for admission details.

Executive Director Dixon said Rene Marie is a "wonderful" jazz musician who's performances come directly from her soul.

"I've never known anything Rene Marie has done that is dull," explained Dixon. "The sense of her being is really real."

According to Motema Music's web site, http://motema.com, Rene Marie, of Colorado is signed with the record label. Her music has a mixture of musical elements, including jazz, soul, blues and gospel.

In Rene Marie's latest CD, she interprets various songs, such as "America the Beautiful," with her own personal touch. Though she sings most of the songs in English, she also sings in Spanish. The CD is a celebration of America and its cultural diversity.

For more information about the concert contact Spivey Hall Box Office, at (678) 466-4200.