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Beautiful Wonder

by Geneva Renée

Geneva Renée uses passionate music to convey the truth of being "Lonely in Love", the strength in saying "Goodbye", and the courage to "Love Again". She reveals the "Beautiful Wonder" in everyone and reminds us that "In the Morning" it will be alright...
Genre: Urban/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover
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3. Don't Give Up
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4. In the Morning
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5. Lonely in Love
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6. Beautiful Wonder (R&B Remix)
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7. Good Tree
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8. I Love You
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9. Press On
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album features a mix of pop and R&B ballads and uptempo songs that highlight the complicated dynamics of relationships. 

The title song, “Beautiful Wonder,” and “Love Again” evoke a tender smile as the artist expresses gratitude for kindness, then hope in the possibilities of new love after heartbreak. “Don’t Give Up” encourages listeners to keep striving, using strength from their relationship with God to propel them forward. Challenging emotions rise from “Lonely in Love” and “I Love You” as  Geneva Renée  transitions  to  storyteller  and  shares  the  pain  of  a  neglected  wife, frightened  young  woman  who  never  builds  the  courage  to  say  those  three when  it  matters  most.  In  addition,  with “Press  On”, Geneva  Renée  celebrateuniversal  strength  the  woman  who  gracefully  endures  a  storm  with  a  smile. The smooth  R&B  groove may  sum  things  up  best  for  “your  life is what you make it,” and things will indeed “be alright” if you never let go of your faith. 

“The most important  things  in our existence – faith, love, gratitude, and perseverance – are all featured on my CD. I hope someone will be encouraged by the 
message,” said Ms. Renée.

A polished work, her debut CD “Beautiful Wonder” features the talents of established producer  Osborne  “Dinky”  Bingham,  and  collaborative  songwriters,  Kenny  Wesley and  EricMakesMusic.  Talented  instrumentalists Kim Maiden, Robbie  McDonald,  Rick  White,  and Steve "Scuba" Walker  also  share  their  gifts  on  the  guitar.  Combined  with  Geneva  Renée’s captivating  voice,  the  CD  is  a  listening  pleasure  that  can  be  enjoyed  for  many  years 
to come. 


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B. Butler

You had me at the first track...
Overall I feel Geneva Renee’s audience is comprised of folks that love real music that means something and has feeling behind it. Geneva, your music says something about you; that you have been through some things, but you have gotten through it, but not just on your own strength, God has been right beside you all the time, seeing you through the pain, and the hurt and the disappointment. He's been there for me too, and I can't thank Him enough!

I took some notes on a few of the songs while I was listening:

Beautiful Wonder - great opener, this was a great teaser, the first song on a CD for me always helps me decide if I'm going to like the rest and if I can listen to the whole first song without skipping through it, then I know the rest of the CD will be good. 6. I like the R&B remix even more than the original. I could see you singing this to someone like in a music video…

Love Again - I like this one! It's refreshing, like someone that has been through something and it's a praise for having made to the other side. A relationship ended and caused a lot of pain, pain that you never felt like you would get over. I've been there... I can really identify with it because hurting takes a while to get over. You feel like you couldn't do it again...but eventually God renews your strength and your spirit and that thing that you never thought you would get over becomes just a lesson, and makes you stronger, and you look back on it on realize that it was only God that could have brought you through it. I also like when she modulated to another key about 3:30. This is one of my favorites.

Don't Give Up - I like the beat on this one! I was rocking to this one, it's hot!! Yes! I really like this! This is a definite testimony! The words are so true...You think that you are going to be stuck in one mode and then you turn it over to God and He takes over. I could have used this a few months ago when I was going through something. I really like the beat on this one! The horn players sound great! This is another one of my favorites.

In the Morning - At the beginning I didn't know what to expect from this one, but as I listened I understood. This is the kind of music I really like, it really has feeling and tells a story and has meaning. I like when you sing "where is the person that I once knew".

Lonely in Love - at first this one is a little hard to identify with as a man, since it's sung from a woman's perspective, but I like it cause it makes me think about how I have treated the women that have been part of my life in the past. Kind of like when I saw the movie, For Colored Girls, this song really made me think about how I have been as a man, and the hurt that we leave in our wake, as we walk away. A lot of times, we (men) don't realize what we have and when we have good women that want to be around us, do things with us, be in our presence, and all we do is take it for granted. Point taken!

I Love You - there's something about the songs like this that you can really feel the meaning behind them. Anybody can identify with this song, especially if they have ever been in love and had the person leave. In this song it's almost like you are singing the words that you wanted to say to the person, but it may have been too late, so you express the feelings in the song. This song is great because so many things get left unsaid...

Goodbye - this one hurts...that's all I'm going to say...there's something about when a woman gets to the end of her rope and she can't take it anymore.

Brian Butler

the first track got me hooked...
Overall I feel Geneva Renee’s audience is comprised of folks that love real music that means something and has feeling behind it. Geneva, your music says something about you; that you have been through some things, but you have gotten through it, but not just on your own strength, God has been right beside you all the time, seeing you through the pain, and the hurt and the disappointment. He's been there for me too, and I can't thank Him enough!

I took some notes on a few of the songs while I was listening:

Beautiful Wonder - great opener, this was a great teaser, the first song on a CD for me always helps me decide if I'm going to like the rest and if I can listen to the whole first song without skipping through it, then I know the rest of the CD will be good. 6. I like the R&B remix even more than the original. I could see you singing this to someone like in a music video…

Love Again - I like this one! It's refreshing, like someone that has been through something and it's a praise for having made to the other side. A relationship ended and caused a lot of pain, pain that you never felt like you would get over. I've been there... I can really identify with it because hurting takes a while to get over. You feel like you couldn't do it again...but eventually God renews your strength and your spirit and that thing that you never thought you would get over becomes just a lesson, and makes you stronger, and you look back on it on realize that it was only God that could have brought you through it. I also like when she modulated to another key about 3:30. This is one of my favorites.

Don't Give Up - I like the beat on this one! I was rocking to this one, it's hot!! Yes! I really like this! This is a definite testimony! The words are so true...You think that you are going to be stuck in one mode and then you turn it over to God and He takes over. I could have used this a few months ago when I was going through something. I really like the beat on this one! The horn players sound great! This is another one of my favorites.

In the Morning - At the beginning I didn't know what to expect from this one, but as I listened I understood. This is the kind of music I really like, it really has feeling and tells a story and has meaning. I like when you sing "where is the person that I once knew".

Lonely in Love - at first this one is a little hard to identify with as a man, since it's sung from a woman's perspective, but I like it cause it makes me think about how I have treated the women that have been part of my life in the past. Kind of like when I saw the movie, For Colored Girls, this song really made me think about how I have been as a man, and the hurt that we leave in our wake, as we walk away. A lot of times, we (men) don't realize what we have and when we have good women that want to be around us, do things with us, be in our presence, and all we do is take it for granted. Point taken!

I Love You - there's something about the songs like this that you can really feel the meaning behind them. Anybody can identify with this song, especially if they have ever been in love and had the person leave. In this song it's almost like you are singing the words that you wanted to say to the person, but it may have been too late, so you express the feelings in the song. This song is great because so many things get left unsaid...

Goodbye - this one hurts...that's all I'm going to say...there's something about when a woman gets to the end of her rope and she can't take it anymore.

Brian Butler

the first track got me hooked...
Overall I feel Geneva Renee’s audience is comprised of folks that love real music that means something and has feeling behind it. Geneva, your music says something about you; that you have been through some things, but you have gotten through it, but not just on your own strength, God has been right beside you all the time, seeing you through the pain, and the hurt and the disappointment. He's been there for me too, and I can't thank Him enough!

I took some notes on a few of the songs while I was listening:

Beautiful Wonder - great opener, this was a great teaser, the first song on a CD for me always helps me decide if I'm going to like the rest and if I can listen to the whole first song without skipping through it, then I know the rest of the CD will be good. 6. I like the R&B remix even more than the original. I could see you singing this to someone like in a music video…

Love Again - I like this one! It's refreshing, like someone that has been through something and it's a praise for having made to the other side. A relationship ended and caused a lot of pain, pain that you never felt like you would get over. I've been there... I can really identify with it because hurting takes a while to get over. You feel like you couldn't do it again...but eventually God renews your strength and your spirit and that thing that you never thought you would get over becomes just a lesson, and makes you stronger, and you look back on it on realize that it was only God that could have brought you through it. I also like when she modulated to another key about 3:30. This is one of my favorites.

Don't Give Up - I like the beat on this one! I was rocking to this one, it's hot!! Yes! I really like this! This is a definite testimony! The words are so true...You think that you are going to be stuck in one mode and then you turn it over to God and He takes over. I could have used this a few months ago when I was going through something. I really like the beat on this one! The horn players sound great! This is another one of my favorites.

In the Morning - At the beginning I didn't know what to expect from this one, but as I listened I understood. This is the kind of music I really like, it really has feeling and tells a story and has meaning. I like when you sing "where is the person that I once knew".

Lonely in Love - at first this one is a little hard to identify with as a man, since it's sung from a woman's perspective, but I like it cause it makes me think about how I have treated the women that have been part of my life in the past. Kind of like when I saw the movie, For Colored Girls, this song really made me think about how I have been as a man, and the hurt that we leave in our wake, as we walk away. A lot of times, we (men) don't realize what we have and when we have good women that want to be around us, do things with us, be in our presence, and all we do is take it for granted. Point taken!

I Love You - there's something about the songs like this that you can really feel the meaning behind them. Anybody can identify with this song, especially if they have ever been in love and had the person leave. In this song it's almost like you are singing the words that you wanted to say to the person, but it may have been too late, so you express the feelings in the song. This song is great because so many things get left unsaid...

Goodbye - this one hurts...that's all I'm going to say...there's something about when a woman gets to the end of her rope and she can't take it anymore.

Lisa E

Sweet, rich and soulful sound, what a voice!
Geneva Renee has a beautiful soulful sound. This CD allows her to showcase the variety of music that she can sing and it also allows her to showcase the range of her voice. I love all of the songs on the "Beautiful Wonder" CD. My personal favorites in addition to both versions of the title track are "Love Again", "Don't Give Up" and "Press On". Each of these songs seek to inspire in a variety of ways. I wholeheartedly agree with the previous reviewer that Geneva Renee has the potential to reach the greatness of a Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Diane Reeves or Mariah Carey. Yet she definitely has a style of her own. God definitely blessed this "beautiful wonder" with a "beautiful voice!

Andrea Guy

She brings the music to life
Artist: Geneva Renee
Album: Beautiful Wonder
Review by Andrea Guy

A beautiful voice was silenced this year. That voice was Whitney Houston. Most would say that there would never be a voice like hers again. They would be wrong. If you listen to Geneva Renee's single "Beautiful Wonder" you can get a glimpse of another voice with the potential to reach that same greatness.

Geneva brings out the song's message of joy for a person who has made a huge impact on someone's life. It is hard not to draw comparisons to Houston, when listening to this song. The beauty of Geneva's strong voice and the message of the song take the listener back in time to the 80s when Whitney was releasing her huge hit "The Greatest Love Of All." Both songs offer a message of inspiration to the listener.

Geneva brings out the passion and love in the lyrics, and these lyrics are open for interpretation. That's what makes the song so much more powerful. The song was originally written by Kenny Wesley, but Geneva adapted some of the lyrics and the dedicated the song to her mother, who passed away. She describes the song as a musical thank you to whatever person has offered motivation to be the best you can be. Everyone deserves to have someone in their life that they can call a "Beautiful Wonder."

This is a great song to introduce Geneva to the world. It showcases her fabulous vocals without doing anything to detract from what God gave her. She has a voice that you can't help but remember. She brings the music to life. If this song is any indication of what Geneva has to offer, there will be a lot of sweet music in the future.

Review by Andrea Guy
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

Andrea Guy hails from Southwestern Pennsylvania where she collaborates with several friends on an online music site called Mossip. Mossip features music reviews, gossip, and the editorial column, “Elfslut Says” that is Andrea’s pet project among other fun musical features. Music has always been part of her life; from the age of 5, The Beatles and The Monkees dominated her listening. There isn’t a genre she won’t listen to at least once.

Alex Henderson

A blend of modern and classic elements
Artist: Geneva Renée
Title: “Beautiful Wonder”
Review by Alex Henderson


The term “neo-soul” indicates that the listener is going to get something that has one foot in R&B’s past and the other foot in R&B’s present, and that neo-soul aesthetic is very much at work on Washington, DC-based singer Geneva Renée’s “Beautiful Wonder.”

This good-natured, easygoing single doesn’t sound like it was recorded in the 1970s; the high-tech, hip-hop-influenced production is clearly modern, not retro. But melodically and harmonically, there is no missing the strong 1970s influence that asserts itself on “Beautiful Wonder.” Had “Beautiful Wonder” been around in 1976 or 1977, the tune would have easily worked for Deniece Williams or the late Minnie Riperton. Renée, in fact, has a certain sweetness in her voice that recalls Williams and Riperton in the 1970s, and like Williams, she knows how to hit the high notes. It’s important to stress, however, that “Beautiful Wonder” goes for a combination of sweetness and grit, which is another thing that Renée has in common with Williams and Riperton. “Beautiful Wonder” isn’t the raw, gruff “rock ‘em/sock ‘em” southern soul that Carla Thomas recorded for Stax Records in the 1960s, but it does put a modern, hip-hop-influenced spin on the type of northern soul, sweet soul and quiet storm R&B that came out of Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit in the 1970s. And the hip-hop influence doesn’t assert itself in the form of an abundance of rapping. There is no rapping at all on “Beautiful Wonder”; rather, hip-hop is acknowledged with the beats and the production.

If Renée wanted to be totally retro, she could have gone for a 1970s-like production on “Beautiful Wonder” and tried to make it sound like a Maurice White or Gamble & Huff production from that era. But stylistically, “Beautiful Wonder” takes aim at fans of neo-soul vocalists like Alicia Keys, Jaguar Wright, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott; it favors the blend of modern and classic elements that those artists are known for.

If one has a taste for neo-soul, “Beautiful Wonder” is worth checking out.

Review by Alex Henderson
Rating: 3.5 Stars (Out of 5)