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If you are looking for a warm, mellow sound that brings to life those nostalgic jazz favorites from the 20's, 30's and 40's, along with the fresh feel of the popular tunes of today, then you will enjoy what my band and I have to offer.

I would love to entertain you and your guests at your next event. Please take a few moments to browse around and sample my sound, learn about my band, and drop me an email with details about your entertainment needs.

Keep in touch and I hope to see you at my next performance!

Renee

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Renee Rojanaro studied music at the University of Redlands where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice as well as her Masters of Arts degree in Education. She enjoys working as a Band Director for a public school district in Southern California and also offers private voice instruction to students in the Inland Empire.

As a professional vocalist for many years, Renee has worked in various facets of the music industry. Some of her credits include: Television appearances, radio jingles, voice-overs, musical theatre, producing and directing stage shows, and performing for countless audiences across Southern California.

Although Renee has a wide range of musical experience, what she loves most is performing with her jazz band before a live audience as she brings to life those nostalgic torch songs of the 30's and 40's. She is regularly featured in jazz clubs, restaurants, lounges, country clubs and for various private and corporate events.

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"Behind every small business, there's a story worth knowing"

Renee was born to sing, literally! She was singing songs before she learned to speak and began performing on stage by the age of two...although she doesn't recall those early events!

"As a child, when I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up- my answer was always: A singer and a teacher. Turns out I found a way to combine both passions as a MUSIC TEACHER and the lead singer of my own Variety Band AFTER DARK. I really don't have a favorite style of music-although it sometimes feels as though my soul stepped out of a 20's Speakeasy-and I am lost in nostalgia whenever I am singing jazz! But I love to sing it all!

Before I had children of my own, I enjoyed work doing music for TV commercials, Radio jingles and studio recording projects. When my daughter was born-I took time off from performing and only sang in church...she seemed to have the hereditary music bug and I kept busy taking her to HER OWN music performances. I took a 20 year break from performing. When my son came along and turned 8, I put my band together and have been back on stage where I belong...where it feels like home! We are a professional private/corporate variety band specializing in Weddings, and Private Parties and themed events from 1920's through Today!

Oddly enough, I am a public school teacher of Elementary Band-and I teach pre-school through 8th Grade choir at Valley Prep in Redlands. However, I never ONCE was involved with band, choir, or any formal music program before graduating high school. I studied private singing and piano-but found my time taken up with other interests-including KUNG FU and Math Clubs and beauty pageants!!

I am currently writing my first original country album and am releasing my first music video of the my Single called "First Mother, Forever Friend" which I wrote for my mom on Mother's Day. The music video features many mothers and children from Redlands and is expected to be released by Valentine's Day! This song, along with 4 others from the album are available on iTunes and Amazon Music.

  • Influences: Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe
  • Hero: My dad
  • Married with 2 children
  • Living in Redlands
  • Graduated from UofR (3x)

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19 Reviews

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Lee Burton said on Aug 23, 2015

Looking forward to hearing you sing Renee Rojanaro at an upcoming private dinner. Finally your voice and my food together!

     

Lauren Briggs said on Apr 29, 2015

Renee is an amazing talent and delightful entertainer.

     

Vanessa B. said on Feb 21, 2013

Hi Renee! I just wanted to be sure to let you know about the wonderful job you did at the party last week! You were amazing. Jack was so impressed and of course, so was I. I don’t think I could have picked a better band. You and the band were so professional and talented. I especially loved the part when we sang Happy Birthday and you through in “Mr. President”, it was so cute!! Good job! I will be calling you in the future for other events. You are now officially our “go to” band!

     

Eric V. S. said on Feb 19, 2013

Renee was one of the easiest artists/acts that I have had the opportunity to work with in the past five years. Self Contained and Self Sufficient which required a minimal amount of my attention, in an afternoon and evening that quickly became very hectic. She rolled with our changes from outside event to indoor stage without a hitch. Her sultry style was enjoyed by our guests and provided a pleasing atmosphere for networking and talking.

     

Gaby G. said on Feb 19, 2013

Renee and her band were amazing! They gave my wedding a special romantic touch, it was just the way I wanted. Rene is very sweet, flexible, professional and kept in touch all the way. They were all dressed beautifully and professional. Very talented group. I recommend her greatly!

     

Sarah Roman said on Feb 19, 2013

I just wanted to write a quick and overdue thank you to Renee and her amazing team of musicians! Our wedding would not and could not have been what it was without them! First off Renee's voice is like silk and you just want her to keep on talking/singing because it sounds so soothing. She can sing pretty much anything and everything you can think of and does it with class! We wanted a live band that could keep it jazzy during cocktail/dinner hours and then spice it up for the rest of the evening and they had the perfect balance! Also when you hire Renee its like getting a wedding planner included! Not only is she amazingly talented at singing but she basically ran the reception show! She really helped guide the timing of everything along and just like her voice everything she touched was so smooth. Its been a year and a half since my wedding and I still keep in contact with Renee. She became like my wedding fairy godmother! She is so beautiful and talented and I hope to have another event where I can hire her! I recommend her to friends and strangers all the time but secretly want her to be all mine :). If you are looking for someone to make your wedding the classiest of all of your friends then just stop looking and call Renee. I am so glad I did and you will be to!!!! Love you Renee!!! xoxo

     

Melissa said on Aug 29, 2012

Renee Rojanaro is simply an amazing performer! She played my cocktail hour and dinner hour at the Redlands Country Club last July. Her heavenly voice filled the room and adding such sweet ambiance! She knows EVERY song you can think of, just try to stump her! She sings jazz very well, but then again, she does pop too! Honestly, I don't think there is anything that she can't do! I even heard she sings opera.

Renee, thank you for sharing your gift with my husband and I on what was one of the most important and beautiful days in our lives!

     

Cindy Calderon said on Jan 8, 2011

The previous reviews capture the "Renee Experience" perfectly! Any performance by Renee and her band is a treat that everyone deserves to enjoy over and over again. The songs, their style, her signature sound...delicious!

     

Carla Hernandez said on Jun 27, 2010

Renee's performance is polished and oh so classy! Her voice is both flawless and sexy creating an atmosphere that keeps you in your seat wanting the evening not to come to an end. Her music creates an environment that fills the room with energy yet is so personal and charming! I cannot wait to see her perform again!!!!!

     

Erik said on Jun 23, 2010

She's Like BUTTER!!!! Her band has arrangements that can only be described as SEXY. They are so great to listen to.. totally in the pocket!! Mix that with her ethereal, yet saucy vocals, and its a perfect recipe for a wonderful evening... especially if you're on a date! ;P

.... Oh yeah.. and they put on a Kick Ass show too!!!

     

Stefan Long said on Jun 23, 2010

It has been my pleasure to see Renee perform several times over the last few months. Each time has been so wonderful! Her smooth voice and elegant style really set a sophisticated musical mood each and every time! She has a beautiful appearance, and is exciting to watch stage. Being a dedicated jazz fan, I see a lot of female jazz vocalists. Many just play old standards without regard to doing anything different. Renee always finds a way of making those fresh and new with cool arrangements played by the high caliber musicians on stage with her.

If you get the chance, make sure you catch a show soon. I'll likely be there watching too.

     

Ruben Mendoza said on Jun 11, 2010

Renee has performed for the members of Redlands Country Club on a number of occasions. She is so versatile and can accommodate any number of guests. I would recommend her talent for any event needing a lovely singer.

     

Eloisa Arviso said on Jun 9, 2010

I was so impressed with Renee's beautiful voice and extensive selection of songs. She moves from one genre to another with ease and everyone in the room enjoys every moment right along with her. Whether Renee is on the stage or off, she is warm and has the best smile. Certainly knows how to work a room! Love, love, love her!

     

John Patterson said on Jun 7, 2010

Wow, Where do I start. Renee and her band did a great Job. Their sound was smooth and light. Renee's voice was perfect for the crowd of over 440 wine drinkers. Her song list was extensive covering all areas from jazz to top 40. She does great at any venue...

     

Ruth Lester said on Jun 7, 2010

Renee is what I call a "generous" entertainer. She brings herself fully to every song and gives it all to the audience. LOVED seeing her at the UCLA Conference Center this Spring and cannot wait to see her again!

     

James Benanti said on Jun 6, 2010

What a great talent! Renee has a great voice, and her timing is killer. She has a natural feel for how the songs need to go. The sets were a wonderful mix of songs. I was impressed! Having a great band behind her doesn't hurt either!

     

Katherine Scott Blom said on Jun 5, 2010

Renee's voice is sooooo sexy. To see her perform is an incredible treat! An evening that you will never forget. A wonderful talent that should not be missed!!

     

Jose Sapien said on Jun 3, 2010

She's HOT!! :)
When she sings a song just for me...it's in perfect Spanish.

     

Ruth Sapien said on Jun 3, 2010

Renee provides a night of 100% entertainment. A charismatic vocalist, a collection of superb songs, combined with an excellent group of jazz musicians, provides for an event full of creativity and heart. You can simply sit back and listen to the soft sounds & sassy lyrics, or jump up and dance. She caters to both reactions.

If I could be a groupie, I would... causes I'm her #1 fan!! :)

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