Songwriting has always been my first love. It all started with a piano my dad rescued from an old church that was being torn down. I had just turned four at the time when I saw that piano and I was like a fish to water. I sat right down, playing songs I "made up" and as my mom would later add "with both hands - not just one finger". I began taking piano lessons when I was seven and found a way to bluff my teacher by having her play the piece I was suppose to learn for next week and then running home fast to figure it out by ear. It wasn't until I was nine that she caught on after covering my hands with a music book and asking me to keep my eyes on the music. She made me start all over again - back to the very first lesson. That's when began to lose interest and just kept writing my own songs and figuring out my favorite pop songs by ear, later buying songbooks and sheet music of songs I wanted to learn to sing and play.
When I attended California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA.), is when I developed a passion for world music and dance, studying with teachers from West Africa, India and Indonesia. As a Minneapolis native, born and raised on home grown funk and R&B, Cal Arts offered a rare opportunity to learn from native masters and I felt an immediate connection with my teachers and the way their cultures embraced music, dance and community as unifying and inseparable elements.
Moving to Los Angeles allowed me to not only escape the cold, long winters of Minnesota (although I still do miss the thunder storms) but also brought me so many wonderful opportunities. I signed my first publishing deal with Macy Lipman’s publishing company Le Grande Fromage and landed my first tour with Babyface prodigy Karyn White as keyboard player, vocalist and dancer. My biggest dream come true was when I signed my first record deal with Warner/Reprise as keyboard player and vocalist with an all female band produced by Morris Day of The Time. It was so ironic that I'd move all the way from Minneapolis to LA and end up working with artists and producers that I had always admired from my hometown. Additional tours followed including Motown recording artist Teena Marie and as keyboard player and duet partner to David Cassidy and Grammy Award winner Christopher Cross. My studio collaborations have included Giorgio Moroder, Howard Hewett and Rachel Rachel. You may have even recognized me from appearances on Private Practice (2012 season finale), Good Christian Bells, Felicity, Fame LA, Freaky Links, Melrose Place and as the on-camera keyboard player/musical director for the FOX show Comedy Express. -Remi
Remi’s solo debut, A Taste of Eden is a soulful mix of sensuality and groove, receiving air play both in the US and Europe. As a featured artist on the Universal Italia compilation Groove 90, her first single In the Heat of the Night is currently being promoted to 3800 radio stations throughout Italy. Additionally, Remi has 2 songs featured on Café de Souls Vol. 1 compilation with airplay in both the UK and Netherlands. You can also hear her song Last Night in the independent film The Ten Rules and another song I Really Do as a featured duet on the Eric Andre Show.