Sunday, Jan 24, 2021
12:30 – 12:45 pm
Gina René is an internationally known American singer and songwriter who discovered her voice through a series of colorful life experiences. Born into an multi-ethnic family (Créole/Choctaw Native Am./European) Gina René grew up in the Bohemian setting of Santa Cruz, California, and yet being surrounded by strong musical family roots based out of the early Los Angeles R&B/Soul music scene made for a fertile environment for her unique, future artistry to bloom. As a youth she listened to artists like Stevie Wonder, Cab Calloway, and Ella Fitzgerald along with more contemporary artists like Prince, Tina Marie, Chaka Khan and Run DMC. Music runs in her family. Her Grandpa, Leon Rene, wrote the hit song Rockin Robin, as well as Sleepy time Down South which became Louis Armstrong’s theme song. Leon René was also the first Créole and Black independent record label owner on the West Coast, Exclusive Records.
Gina sang in both jazz and concert choirs during her high-school years. She was accepted into both the regional and All-State Honor Choirs in 1994. After graduating, Gina moved to San Francisco and became the lead singer/co-songwriter of her Brother Gabriel’s band, Soulstice. The multi-cultural arts scene in San Francisco really inspired Gina to explore multiple directions with her music
Even though Gina came into this world extremely shy, she had a dream to be an inspiring singer gracing stages across the globe. As fate would have it her birth name Regina René means Queen Reborn and today Gina is most known & celebrated for her unique lyrical, melodic and energetic style and ability to call her listeners forth into their highest and best selves all while weaving a common thread between her own experience and that of the collective. Gina’s songs “ U Must Be” and “Meangurl” have been featured in Major Motion Pictures & TV shows such as Disney/ Buena Vista Film’s 2006 ‘Step Up’, Paramount Pictures 2004 ‘Mean Girls’ and many more.
Drummer, music producer and keyboardist Seth “Million 7” Theodore is her musical bedrock that lays the soundscapes for her vocals. Together Gina René & Million 7 bring over 58+ years of combined musical knowledge, family legacy and live performance experience from producing to singing, to emceeing to songwriting on stages and spaces around the world. Both of these artists felt the call at a young age to honor music as a main path to true connection and healing for both themselves and the greater world. They are committed to music and lyrics that uplift and inspire and create a potent bridge for bringing all kinds of people together.