Maybe you saw her on Morgan Freeman's Blues Diva's on PBS? Or, you may have caught her singing live for a season opener for the WWE SmackDown with 6 million viewers? Six-time Minnesota Music Award Winner and WC Handy Best New Artist Nominee, Reneé Austin, calls her new music a mix of Soul/Gospel/R&B with a hint of Texas. The Texas Hill Country raised multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter rose to national attention in 2003 with her first international release, “Sweet Talk” which included the spine-tingling duet "Pretend We Never Met" with 3-time Grammy Winner, fellow Texan and friend Delbert McClinton. Austin released 3 CD’s between 1997-2005: "Dancin' With Mr.Blue", "Sweet Talk" and "Right About Love”, opening for respected artists such as Los Lobos, Delbert McClinton, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Keb Mo and Robert Cray.
Sadly, just two short weeks after the release of "Right About Love”, Reneé's singing career was halted just as her star was rising. Tragedy struck when during a surgical procedure, Austin's left vocal nerve became paralyzed. Unable to sing or speak above a whisper, Austin began a new life without music. But, after years of struggle and heartache, Austin experienced a series of true miracles and her voice has returned. Her new CD, “Songbirds & Angels”, hit the streets April, 2018. She also just signed a worldwide digital distribution deal with The Orchard, a division of Sony Music. Reneé was Executive Producer for Songbirds & Angels and wrote all 13 tracks working with Producer/ Guitarist David Grissom (Mellencamp, Dixie Chicks, Storyville, Allman Brothers, Joe Ely) for 4 songs recorded in Austin, Texas. Austin worked with Producers Douglas A. Smith (P Funk, Nikka Costa, Vann Hunt) and Christopher Furst (Studio 65 Owner, Engineer, Mixing, Mastering) for the other 9 songs recorded in Minneapolis. MN. Austin's voice has been compared to Anita Baker, Tina Turner, Regina Belle, even a female Michael McDonald. Watch the video of Reneé’s inspirational story at reneeaustin.org