Something in the Way She Moves: Claire Reneé

R&B/neo soul singer-songwriter Claire Renee photographed for her EP Wings by Angelo Kangleon in Los Angeles, CA, on November 15, 2020; styled by Damaris Flores; hair and makeup by Shanice Jones.

Claire Renee is a singer-songwriter and dancer based in Los Angeles, CA; originally from the Bronx, NY, she began her foray into performing as a child when she got accepted at the Dance Theatre of Harlem to study ballet, tap, jazz, and classical dance at the age of 10, after which she proceeded to attend the prestigious Ailey School/Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS); it was this head start that planted the seeds of her passion for not just movement, but also for making music, and soon after she would find herself watering those seeds by attending several acclaimed music schools, including Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA; her background as a dancer informed her unique vocal style, evident in the delightful lilts, exquisite cadences and off-kilter flows of her verses; she broke into the scene in the spring of 2013 with her first EP Doubts, Dreams, and Ambitions, which showcased her raspy yet winsome vocals and astute storytelling set to a unique blend of hip hop soul and boom bap; later that year, she released Wasted Years, a collaboration EP with Joe Grisly, which featured more of her early writings, this time set to neo soul and ’90s-style R&B; a second collaboration effort, Breaking Code (with Brooklyn-based producer Bagir-Ba), followed shortly thereafter, further flexing her neo soul muscles; by 2017 she decided to move to Los Angeles to make it on her own, and that journey fuelled a solo LP, Let Me Glo, released later that year under the Japan-based label Sweet Soul Records, which mixes the formulas of its predecessors, but this time with experimental R&B and jazz thrown in for good measure, cementing her place in the industry as a global artist; West Coast breezy melodies and East Coast gritty lyricism find a shared language in Let Me Glo, and the LP has garnered wide attention with the lead single “Easy Come, Easy Go (Nights With You)” and the follow-up L.O.L.;” these days she is most proud of her latest effort Wings, produced by the Kentucky-based hip hop whiz Dr. Dundiff and released early this year (April 2021), because it allowed her to showcase “different facets of my artistry,” to lean more into her jazz roots, and to explore themes around “navigating relationships—not just our relationships with others, but also the one we have with ourselves;” her work on Wings has been very well-received in the few months since its release, with many critics praising her for her distinct voice, lyricism, authenticity, and musical maturity, as well as her seemingly magical ability in fusing different musical styles; the most notable accolades for Wings came from Earmilk, PopDust, LadyGunn, and Rolling Stone India, but the coolest highlight of all, she shares, “was being featured by Bandcamp Daily as one of the Best Soul Music Releases of April [2021]—the review felt very personal and extremely kind;” visit her Website to listen to her songs, or her YouTube channel to watch her videos; follow @artisterenee on Instagram for updates on upcoming releases and shows 

Photographed by Angelo Kangleon in Los Angeles, CA, on November 15, 2020 (with social distancing precautions in place); some of these photos were taken using 35mm film (Fujicolor PRO400H and KONO Original Sunstroke 200); styled by Damaris Flores; hair and makeup by Shanice Jones; fringed pleated metallic fil coupé silk halterneck top, Oscar de la Renta 

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