Renee Geyer's past is Australian music history. Her career has spanned four decades and is still going strong. A precocious jazz, blues and soul singer in her late teens; Countdown royalty in her 20s; a string of pop, soul and reggae hits spanning the 70s and 80s; her LA years in the studio with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sting, Joe Cocker and Chaka Kahn; her 90s renaissance with Paul Kelly. She is a singer, a songwriter, producer, and author.
Her career began around 1971 in Sydney, when a girlfriend took her along to the rehearsal of friends who were forming a band. From there, things began to snowball. Her reputation found its way to America and led to an invitation to record an album in Los Angeles with famed Mowtown producer Frank Wilson. While the Movin' Along album provided another hit at home, in America Heading in the Right Direction created confusion. R&B stations loved the record, but didn't know what to do when they discovered Geyer was a white Jewish girl from Australia.
For the next few years, Geyer bounced between Australia and America and released albums, which include So Lucky, Difficult Woman and Sweet Life. Her career has never stalled. At the end of 1999, Geyer released her frank life story; Confessions of a Difficult Woman through Harper Collins, and 2003 saw her release the Gold selling (and self produced) album Tenderland.
In 2004 Renee hooked up with Brisbane producer Magoo to co-produce her 21st album Tonight which has received stunning reviews and was nominated for an ARIA award. And in 2005 Renee was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame, a proud occasion in which she joined the ranks of Australias most respected and accomplished musicians.
2007 she released her 22nd album " Dedicated" to be on EMI in early September and after a plethora of select appearances around the country, she remains one of our most enduring and endearing artists.
Renee Geyer had started out a sensual blues belter. Now she has evolved into a bona fide music icon - someone to look up to for never having let go of her dreams. This consummate entertainer with a proud body of work still transfixes a room with the power of her song.
"Sultry and restrained, bristling with passion and attitude, Geyer is in inspired form" 4 stars Album of the Week Patrick Donovan The Age
"Geyer and Magoo have created a slice of Australian music that is unrivalled...sheer brilliance." - Andrew Mast Inpress Magazine
Sunday 26 October 2008
Sometimes words aren't enough. All the things that have and will be said about Renee Geyer one of the world s finest singers Australian music legend are true and undeniable, but saying that about her still doesn't say enough. Renee Geyer is Renee Geyer, a unique talent, not a singer whose career is dependant on yesterday or tomorrow's hit song, but someone who lives for her next performance, on stage or on record, someone who refuses to rest on her laurels. The voice was always there. From the first time she opened her mouth those who heard turned their heads, but that wasn t enough for Renee Geyer, still isn't enough for Renee Geyer. She's much more now than she ever was.
Saturday 1 December 2007
New Album "...Dedicated" to be released early September. Renee has been working hard in the studio recording her new album (number 22!) for EMI Music. She has assembled an amazing selection of songs and musicians and it sounds incredible, it's classic Renee.
Wednesday 1 November 2006
'VOICE' - The word has an ingrained potency all its own, a five-letter declaration of humanity and emotion, power and attitude. Attach a notable name or three to the concept and you better hold on to your chair. Vika & Linda will showcase their new acoustic album on the Liberation Blue label, Between Two Shores, before joining Ren e for a uniquely arranged set of songs selected from both of their careers - as well as a few surprises. Opening the show is 17-year-old r'n'b singer Ella Thompson, a Melbourne newcomer Renee describes as "amazing". That makes four of them, then.
Sunday 26 and Monday 27 October 2003
Show starts 9:00pm.