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Urban/R&B: Rhythm & Blues Moods: Solo Female Artist Urban/R&B: Neo-Soul

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United States - North Carolina

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Apryl Renee

Apryl Renee wants to share her intimate thoughts with you. The North Carolina native is fast becoming a recognizable face on the R&B music scene, and she'd like to share her personal experiences with you through her music. From stunning, soul-drenched ballads to mid-tempo soul to grooving R&B, Apryl Renee is ready to make you understand her life's trials and treasures. With a vocal style that evokes memories of a young Whitney Houston, seasoned with some Angela Bofill with just a dash of Yolanda Adams sprinkled in for good measure, the Raleigh-based Renee gives you a kaleidoscope of sonic melodies that you can feel.

A natural talent, Apryl Renee just completed her debut cd, and with producer Chip Shearin leading the way, Renee's project is nothing short of an instant R&B classic that transcends time. Stunning and graceful in her stage presence, Apryl Renee exhibits a city-girl taste for music fused in with a delectable country girl's charm. And it all makes for a delightful package of good music. Renee can be all at once sassy and demure, religious and sexy. And the audience is all the better for watching Apryl Renee work her magic. "I don't have any reservations about singing R&B," says Renee, who sang in the church choir in her hometown of Wadesboro, North Carolina. "I understand that I can be an R&B singer and still be a Christian."

Music and singing has always been a big part of Apryl Renee's life. Renee started tinkering with the piano at age four, and began taking serious lessons at age eight. "I used to go with my mom when she was taking lessons," Renee says. "My mom noticed that I had an interest in playing the piano, so she went out and got one of those big, stand-up pianos so I could play all the time." After winning numerous awards for her songbird talents in high school, Renee enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Renee quickly became one of the lead vocalists for the gospel choir. She also began earning a reputation as a pure singer much in the same tradition as Whitney Houston, whom Renee credits with being a major influence.

Sometimes it only takes one experience to make a person realize their destiny. For Apryl Renee, that experience was performing at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem during Amateur Night, where she advanced to the showoff round. "Performing at the Apollo gave me more motivation to do what I wanted to do, which was to sing," Renee says. "That experience taught me that I didn't need to put singing on the shelf; that I could sing for a living and be successful."

Possessing all the qualities for stardom - beauty, charm, grace and talent, Apryl Renee is poised to lure you into her world of music. Not merely an entertainer, Renee writes all of her songs and is more than capable of composing her own material as well. So what does the future hold for Apryl Renee? "I want to sing for the rest of my life," she says. "I want to be doing this for as long as I can, until I have nothing left to give." Until that day arrives, Apryl Renee will be sharing her most intimate music moments with you. So just sit back, relax and listen to her music experience. You'll be glad you did.