Feature Friday: Renée Landry
Renée Landry uses her super power for good: bringing amazing music to audiences with her dynamic vocal work and compelling songwriting. She’s the music hero Ottawa needs.
Channeling artists like Amy Winehouse and Etta James, Landry’s voice is robust and driving, but she can pull back in a moment for a muted flourish. On Chin Up she demonstrates her vocal mastery, while truly capturing the spirit and energy of Motown, early jazz, doo wop with the sincerity of the blues and topped off with a modern pop twist. The album is a well-rounded mix of upbeat tunes and compelling ballads, and a mix of the old and new.
“Mr. Postman” is a fantastically fun little ditty, punctuated with lively brass/horns, playful piano, and precision backup vocals. A perfect tune to start off the record and introduction to Landry’s creative re-imagining of a classic sound.
On track “A Man,” the pared back instrumentation, just piano, violin, and strings, leave lots of room to showcase Landry’s musicality. Despite its deceptive simplicity, this contemplative tune builds to a powerful, yet restrained end. She really does a lot with a little here, it is capable songwriting and execution.
“Henry” is a fantastic throwback to the sixties, an homage to teen yearning ballads, a signature of groups like The Shirelles, and successfully recaptures the feeling of the era with apt arrangements and graceful backup ooohs and ahhs.
She is incredibly talented, go see her perform before she gets called away to bigger things!