Name: Claire Reneé
Profession: Singer/ Songwriter, Dancer and SoulCycle Intructor
what area of the BX are you from?: Wakefield
current location: Los Angeles
Claire and I met while working as performers on a collaborative project for Harlem Stage back in 2013. Claire is the definition of a multitalented artist as she excels in both dance and music. Her voice is GORGEOUS and her music is DOPE (make sure to check it out in the link above!).
She is #blackgirlmagic personified!
Tell us about yourself:
I'm a singer/songwriter and dancer who dares to dream big. I love to create and share my thoughts and music. I released an EP last year titled "Let Me Glo" and plan on having a re-release of it in the coming months as a full album. I'm a classically trained dancer as well. Before music was even a serious thought, I was training at Dance Theater of Harlem and Alvin Ailey for most of my life. As an artist, I like to mix all of my training and talents together in a way that represents ME.
What are your fondest memories of growing up in the Bronx?
Eating all the Caribbean food you could want and hearing dancehall and reggae music at obnoxious levels in the summer.
Do you feel as though being from the Bronx has heavily influenced who you are today?
Yes. I have an easy going demeanor and a calmness to me, but I will never let you forget that you can't walk all over me. The Bronx gave me a sense of pride. The Bronx gets a bad rep for us being poverty stricken, angry people. We are a dope borough with so much to offer if you stop judging from the outside.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
My mommy, Janet Jackson, Erykah Badu, any strong black ballerina I've come across, and Ella Fitzgerald.
What has been your greatest accomplishment to date?
Meeting Whitney Houston while dancing with The Dance Theater of Harlem company at the Kennedy Center when I was a kid. May not be my greatest accomplishment, but my most cherished. Music-wise, I would say the first time I saw my name and picture in lights on a huge jumbo tron and it was about MY show. I still have lots more to accomplish before I can even fathom my greatest. lol
If you could, in what ways would you give back to your community?
Create a center for the arts for underserved and underprivileged youth and young adults. Dance classes (with GOOD training), music classes, music studios, visual art classes, acting classes, and a place to just BE while also getting some trustworthy guidance.
If someone were visiting the Bronx, where would you tell them to go?