Rena Scott's

Biography

Rena Scott was inducted into the R&B Hall on August 21st, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan along with Smoky Robinson, Dione Warwick, Kathy Hughes and many more. Rena has a new Hot Single “A LOVE THANG” Remix Soulful Jazzy BM Remix that released on February 25th, 2017 in the Netherlands as a soulful dance song. The song is written by the talented Lloyd Tolbert and Rena Scott is now soulfully remixed at TheRoomRecordings here in Holland.

The song A Love Thang received a Grammy nomination in 2005 for Best New R&B Album in the Urban Adult Contemporary Category. It is time to do a new release of this major hit. She is pushing her legacy and music forward with her experiences toward the young and the gifted singers, writers and producers.

With her new release single ‘A Love Thang’ Rena also reaches out to her fans here in Europe. Rena Scott performs with several new young and established artists, producers creating the musical bridge towards the future.

She has 3 new single releases. They are remixes of her classic Hit “Remember” on the Room Recordings Label released on September 16th, 2016. Her first  Christmas song “Christmas Time Is Here” was released on Nov 17th, 2016. Starting out at age 12 in her hometown Detroit, singing for local Baptist congregations, singer Rena Scott entered her first major talent contest at age 13.  Soon afterwards came her very first record.      "I Just Can't Forget That Boy" at the age of 15. She blossomed as a performer, and began playing two or three gigs a night on weekends at local nightclubs. She opened for many of the Motown acts like The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Originals and many other popular artists. When the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin (also a native Detroiter) needed a third backup singer for a few gigs, the then 18 year old Scott got her million-to-one shot at singing on stage with her idol at the Pine Knob Ski Resort in Northern Michigan, and more importantly, in front of thousands at Carnegie Hall!  In those days, she patterned her own singing after her. Scott then started working to develop her own style as she listened to other artists like Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight, and Barbra Streisand. She emerged with a unique sound. Having had that one night experience at Carnegie, Scott vowed she would return there someday to perform. Scott began recording and/or touring with such greats as The Jazz Crusaders, David Ruffin, Bobby Womack, Phil Perry, Ronnie Mc Neir and Michael Henderson (with whom she recorded the smash hit "Take Me I'm Yours" from Henderson's album "In The Nighttime" in 1979) With her growing years of experience and popularity, Scott wowed many thousands in other places; first the nightclubs in Detroit, then later in Los Angeles. She toured in the 80's with The Crusaders, and came on board with founding Crusaders members Joe Sample, Wilton Felder and Stix Hooper after the departure of Randy Crawford, performing their 1979 pop hit "Street Life" performing for crowds of up to 50,000 people, touring top R & B and Jazz festivals in the U.S. and Europe that included the famous Montrose Jazz Festival in Montrose Switzerland.. While she's always made her living singing in clubs, singing backup, performing with legendary figures and doing jingles for companies like Levi's 501 Jeans and Sunny Delight, the stop and start nature of Scott's own solo recording career has made for an intense emotional roller coaster. After touring with Michael Henderson on the strength of their hit single “Take Me I’m Yours’s” in 1978, Henderson's record company Buddha Records signed her to a record deal. She recorded the half disco, half R&B ballad album titled `Come on Inside'.

The album was produced by the powerhouse R&B team Mtume and Reggie Lucas, former jazz musicians who had scored pop hits for Stephanie Mills, Roberta Flack & Donnie Hathaway, Phyllis Hyman and Lou Rawls. After the record company folded, she left Detroit for a short stop in Las Vegas where she did shows at Caesar's Palace and the Landmark Hotel. She then decided to settle in Los Angeles to seek new recording opportunities. Before hooking up with The Crusaders, she had started writing songs with veteran producer and songwriter Skip Scarborough who wrote songs for LTD, Anita Baker, Earth, Wind & Fire and many other artists. In 1989 Scott re-emerged on Sedona Records with the album `Love Zone', from which the first single "Do That To Me One More Time" hit the Billboard R&B Singles chart. The follow-up "I Could Use A Kiss", which became her first video, also received extensive airplay. Soon after, she once again fell victim to label traumas. There were three failed deals in all before Rena started her own independent label, Amor Records. She started a fruitful creative song writing relationship with songwriter/producer Lloyd Tolbert, and emerged her label debut album, `Let Me Love You', distributed by KES Distribution. It showcased Scott on the sultry title track as right at home; singing soulfully about that first spark of romance. Yet the seductive invitation taps into something much deeper, reflecting the passion of her relationship to audiences worldwide over a fascinating musical lifetime. That same track "Let Me Love You" was featured in two key scenes of the HBO Cinemax film `Love and Action in Chicago', starring Courtney Vance, Regina King, Kathleen Turner and Ed Asner. I hope to inspire others whose dreams are as vast as mine." She eventually plans to write a book and maybe even make a movie about her life. The musical trials and tribulations, as well as the triumphs, including the early years in Detroit experiencing her parent’s violent marriage. Rena is now an advocate against domestic violence. Rena’s CD "Take Me Away" was released October 26th 2010. The 13-song set contains songs that Scott co-wrote and co-produced with Tolbert. It includes covers of some of her all-time favorites like Joy And Pain and "Don't Ask My Neighbors". Rena is excited to work with Producer Lloyd Tolbert once again. She is working on her new single “Until you Come Back To Me” a remake of her mentor Aretha Franklin to be released in March, 2017. She working another Christmas song and Track she wrote with the late great Skip Scarbough. It features all the original Jazz Crusaders playing on it. stay tuned for her up and coming tour to a city near you called “Rena Scott Sings Motown” with the talent, the drive, and the passion to continue rising to the top!  Oh Yeah…..

he young and the gifted singers, writers and producers.

With her new release single ‘A Love Thang’ Rena also reaches out to her fans here in Europe. Rena Scott performs with several new young and established artists, producers creating the musical bridge towards the future.

She has 3 new single releases. They are remixes of her classic Hit “Remember” on the Room Recordings Label released on September 16th, 2016. Her first  Christmas song “Christmas Time Is Here” was released on Nov 17th, 2016. Starting out at age 12 in her hometown Detroit, singing for local Baptist congregations, singer Rena Scott entered her first major talent contest at age 13.  Soon afterwards came her very first record.      "I Just Can't Forget That Boy" at the age of 15. She blossomed as a performer, and began playing two or three gigs a night on weekends at local nightclubs. She opened for many of the Motown acts like The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Originals and many other popular artists. When the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin (also a native Detroiter) needed a third backup singer for a few gigs, the then 18 year old Scott got her million-to-one shot at singing on stage with her idol at the Pine Knob Ski Resort in Northern Michigan, and more importantly, in front of thousands at Carnegie Hall!  In those days, she patterned her own singing after her. Scott then started working to develop her own style as she listened to other artists like Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight, and Barbra Streisand. She emerged with a unique sound. Having had that one night experience at Carnegie, Scott vowed she would return there someday to perform. Scott began recording and/or touring with such greats as The Jazz Crusaders, David Ruffin, Bobby Womack, Phil Perry, Ronnie Mc Neir and Michael Henderson (with whom she recorded the smash hit "Take Me I'm Yours" from Henderson's album "In The Nighttime" in 1979) With her growing years of experience and popularity, Scott wowed many thousands in other places; first the nightclubs in Detroit, then later in Los Angeles. She toured in the 80's with The Crusaders, and came on board with founding Crusaders members Joe Sample, Wilton Felder and Stix Hooper after the departure of Randy Crawford, performing their 1979 pop hit "Street Life" performing for crowds of up to 50,000 people, touring top R & B and Jazz festivals in the U.S. and Europe that included the famous Montrose Jazz Festival in Montrose Switzerland.. While she's always made her living singing in clubs, singing backup, performing with legendary figures and doing jingles for companies like Levi's 501 Jeans and Sunny Delight, the stop and start nature of Scott's own solo recording career has made for an intense emotional roller coaster. After touring with Michael Henderson on the strength of their hit single “Take Me I’m Yours’s” in 1978, Henderson's record company Buddha Records signed her to a record deal. She recorded the half disco, half R&B ballad album titled `Come on Inside'.

The album was produced by the powerhouse R&B team Mtume and Reggie Lucas, former jazz musicians who had scored pop hits for Stephanie Mills, Roberta Flack & Donnie Hathaway, Phyllis Hyman and Lou Rawls. After the record company folded, she left Detroit for a short stop in Las Vegas where she did shows at Caesar's Palace and the Landmark Hotel. She then decided to settle in Los Angeles to seek new recording opportunities. Before hooking up with The Crusaders, she had started writing songs with veteran producer and songwriter Skip Scarborough who wrote songs for LTD, Anita Baker, Earth, Wind & Fire and many other artists. In 1989 Scott re-emerged on Sedona Records with the album `Love Zone', from which the first single "Do That To Me One More Time" hit the Billboard R&B Singles chart. The follow-up "I Could Use A Kiss", which became her first video, also received extensive airplay. Soon after, she once again fell victim to label traumas. There were three failed deals in all before Rena started her own independent label, Amor Records. She started a fruitful creative song writing relationship with songwriter/producer Lloyd Tolbert, and emerged her label debut album, `Let Me Love You', distributed by KES Distribution. It showcased Scott on the sultry title track as right at home; singing soulfully about that first spark of romance. Yet the seductive invitation taps into something much deeper, reflecting the passion of her relationship to audiences worldwide over a fascinating musical lifetime. That same track "Let Me Love You" was featured in two key scenes of the HBO Cinemax film `Love and Action in Chicago', starring Courtney Vance, Regina King, Kathleen Turner and Ed Asner. I hope to inspire others whose dreams are as vast as mine." She eventually plans to write a book and maybe even make a movie about her life. The musical trials and tribulations, as well as the triumphs, including the early years in Detroit experiencing her parent’s violent marriage. Rena is now an advocate against domestic violence. Rena’s CD "Take Me Away" was released October 26th 2010. The 13-song set contains songs that Scott co-wrote and co-produced with Tolbert. It includes covers of some of her all-time favorites like Joy And Pain and "Don't Ask My Neighbors". Rena is excited to work with Producer Lloyd Tolbert once again. She is working on her new single “Until you Come Back To Me” a remake of her mentor Aretha Franklin to be released in March, 2017. She working another Christmas song and Track she wrote with the late great Skip Scarbough. It features all the original Jazz Crusaders playing on it. stay tuned for her up and coming tour to a city near you called “Rena Scott Sings Motown” with the talent, the drive, and the passion to continue rising to the top!  Oh Yeah…..


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