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Rena Wren Acoustic Goddess

Rena Wren Acoustic Goddess

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Rena Wren Acoustic Goddess
By Tommy Roeck What inspires Rena Wren to write and perform the music she does? Well in herown words mostly she is here for good friends, good will, and good music. To thisAcoustic Goddess writing and performing is her first best destiny, but she is oh sobusiness savvy too. Running her own merchandise and C.D. distribution network atwww.renawren.comshe and spouse Rodgey Roach co-founded the Spa CitySongwriter Showcase in Hot Springs, Arkansas in August 2008. Through theshowcase, Rena and Rodgey book songwriters from all over the world to perform atparticipating venues in Hot Springs, Little Rock, and Los Angeles. Rena is a self-
 
professed “Kind Ambassador”. She recently and very excitedly launched a positivityproject called “We Are” that she hopes will spread the kind word globally.Rena has been singing, playing and writing since age 10 and performing in livebands and theater since age 14. Her diverse influences include Merle Haggard,Johnny Cash, Indigo Girls, Cyndi Lauper, Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, EllaFitzgerald, Dr. Hook, Billy Idol, Robert Plant, and Sting to name a few. Her musicalinterests include Rock, Bluegrass, Americana, Alternative, Country, Blues, Jazz,Country, Indie, Folk, and Musical Theater.Wren's unusually eclectic music background and organic approach to songwriting from her "Soul's Earth", as she puts it. She adds depth, warmth,spontaneity and color to her dynamic repertoire of songs and her fans say she hassomething for everyone. I personally like her song “Breakdown” a whole lot and her“Sweet Mystery” Compact disc is really great through and through. Break Down"was reviewed by Debora Nortman, Vice President of API Music International, Inc.and Director of International Relations A-B-A-C-A Entertainment Group, who feltthat Rena's voice and music were pleasant and enjoyable and found her lyricsinteresting and thought provoking. In Debora's words and I quote: " Rena Wren isa wonderful, interesting, up-and-coming singer/songwriter!"Since assembling the new band, which includes Rena (guitar, banjo, ukelele,keyboard), Rodgey Roach (bass & vocals), Matt Stone (guitar, dobro, ukelele, lapsteel, pedal steel, banjo, accordion, keyboard & mandolin), and David Bishop(drums).
 
Rena likes call the style evolving folk-pop that holds hands on the left withbelting rock and on the right with smooth alternative funk. She recorded “SweetMystery” in Little Rock with Jason Tedford and Wolfman Studios and hit stores inNovember of 2009 and has been selling quite well.
 
Ms. Wren Stated ;”She is honored and humbled to announce that the ArkansasArts Council has awarded her an Individual Artist Fellowship for creativeexcellence in Music Composition – in folk music.” This generous award will allowRena and her band to complete her current CD project, “Incognito Baby,” in thecoming months, again in co-operation at Wolfman Studios.. In the summer of 2011,Rena toured in Hollywood, playing a standing room only show in the FoundationRoom at the legendary House of Blues on Sunset. She also performed at TheTalking Stick in
 
Venice Beach, Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood, and abenefit for The Gentle Barn in Santa Clarita, CA.Locally Wren has performed at many venues in Little Rock such as: The LivingRoom, The Weekend Theater, Easy Street Piano Bar Cabaret Room, MarkhamStreet Grill, Julie's Restaurant, Capi’s Resataurant, Hibernia, Khalil’s, StarvingArtist Café, Afrodesia Studio, The Public Theater, The WhiteWater Tavern, StickyFingerz, The Parrot Beach Cafe, and The Arts Scene. She has also performed inmany venues in her home town of Hot Springs, such as Tbe Big Chill, and The PoetsLoft to name a few, and many festivals and other venues in Alabama, Florida,Tennessee, North and South Carolina, and Oklahoma.Rena has been on many local radio shows on such stations as: 88.3 KABF – Arkansas Showcase on 10/02/09, 105.9 KLAZ - Heidi's Midday Show on 9/04/09,101.9 The Rocket - The Unknown Legends Show performing live on 12/02/07 and9/07/08, and The Artist Spotlight Show - US 97 - Artist Spotlight Show Sponsoredby Studio C Records 3/12, 3/13, 3/14, and 3/16/07.She also won
 
The Jay Thomas Show “Homegrown Song Contest” on Sirius XMradio; signing a licensing deal with APM Music for 13 songs from her CD, "SweetMystery;" signed a digital record deal with Music Online Entertainment (MOLE);and is being included on Art of Noise Compilation Album for rising artists. Rena’ssong, “Random Matter” was recently featured by a non-profit applicant forToyota’s 100 Cars for Good Campaign.. Other recent highlights include appearingon Good Morning Arkansas, being featured on Los Angeles radio show “Indies in

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