Bio: Anastasia René began singing at age 6 when she began training with vocal coach, Jerry Bragin. After graduating from NYC’s Talent Unlimited High School, she continued in various choirs through college and received a Bachelors degree in African and African-American music. After college she secured her own gig at the Village Gate, and sang backup for Buzzy Linhart. She moved to Boston, where she and 9 founded The Daddys, a Funk orchestra which enjoyed 4 successful years, a sponsorship from Daddy’s Junky Music and a Boston Music Award nomination. Afterward she worked in myriad genres, recording and performing with local and regional rock, folk, R&B, reggae and funk bands. After 9 successful years of working the New England music scene, she returned to New York and was immediately called back to Boston to work with Boston Music Award winners Superhoney. Later Jam band Percy Hill tracked her down for a special 12 piece project resulting in the double CD Percy Hill Live. She joined Gent Treadly, a New York-based band which was also the East Coast backup for the Grateful Dead’s Vince Welnick and did live work with the Zen Tricksters, Reid Genauer and the Assembly of Dust. She kept her jazz chops honed with her own quartet which toured Moscow and Siberia in 2005. In 2012 she joined European Blues sensation Roberto Morbioli and Roomful of Blues onstage at the Luxembourg Blues Fest. She can often be seen singing with Neville Brothers' saxophonist Charles Neville and New Orleans piano phenomenon Henry Butler. Most recent recorded work includes Gwen Wahman's Certitude on Mike Longo's CAP record label, reggae artist Bigga Haitian's Sak Pase, rock band El Camino’s Autobiotics, and Smooth Jazz artist Matt Marshak’s This Time Around, amongst others. She cites musical influences Nina Simone, Chaka Khan, and Cassandra Wilson.
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