This unparalleled artist, born December 25 in Detroit, Michigan, began her musical career at age four as a classical flautist. The rich talent of her father, Dezie McCullers, Sr. who performed with many Motown stars, helped to influence her. After years under the direction of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Clement Baron, she focused her attention to jazz and popular music. She studied classical music while attending Howard University in Washington D.C. and later she gained further musical inspiration from the accomplishments of Yusef Lateef and Donald Byrd. She has since developed her own creative style.
In June of 1997, Ms. René began touring with the all-female, internationally acclaimed, jazz band "Straight Ahead". She has since left the group in pursuit of her solo career. With two solo projects to her credit, her third project IN THE MOMENT was released February 2006 and is burning up both the R&R Indicator chart and the Smoothjazz chart. The project ranked in the top 50 of both charts for more than 16 weeks. IN THE MOMENT is an assortment of urban contemporary tunes with an R&B twist.
Althea Rene has worked more than 10 years as a Wayne County Deputy Sheriff (Detroit, Michigan). Today, Ms. René is a full-time performing artist and is regarded among musicians and enthusiasts as one of the nation’s most exciting solo improvisational flautists. Although IN THE MOMENT emphasizes Ms. Rene’s exceptional skill, soul, and artistic versatility; her live concerts better showcase her huge talent. She gives a fantastic show.