Born in “L.A.” (in this case, “Lower Ashton”), a small community on the outskirts of Walterboro, South Carolina, Rene’ was raised singing in the church. His family was involved in farming, and he spent many hours singing while riding the tractors and working the land. In his teens, Rene’ joined the gospel group The Beacons, and it was this background that gave Rene’ his vibrant and smooth voice of today. He sings with passion, putting his heart, body and soul into his music, making his audience feel the presence of the Lord in his life.
After The Beacons, Rene’ decided to try his hand at country music. He performed in country clubs, variety shows, festivals, parades, and was a featured entertainer at the 1987 March of Dimes Telerama broadcast from Charleston, South Carolina. In 1992, after having the pleasure of performing in sold-out concerts with Linda Davis and Lang Scott, Rene’and his wife moved to Nashville and embarked on a series of tours across Eastern United States. Rene’s third album brought him within inches of a record deal. However, at the last minute, the record executives decided Rene’ was too country and signed their second choice artist for the deal. Imagine being too country for country music. However. . . God had a better plan!
In 2003, Rene’ felt the Lord calling him back to his roots of gospel music. Rene’s first Christian Country single was released to radio in March, 2005 by GodsChild Records. Since then, Rene’ has had several songs to chart in the Top 10 of the Christian Country and Country Gospel charts. His single Rockin’ On The Front Porch went to #1 in January, 2009. He has appeared in Music City News, Power Source and Christian Voice magazines. He and his wife have made several television appearances including TCT Network and Touching the World Ministries.
Rene’ has received numerous awards from the music industry which include: 6-time winner of the Male Vocalist of the Year Award, Soloist of the Year Award, 2-time winner of the Duo of the Year Award (with his wife, Edie), Video of the Year Award (Bible By Her Bed), Video of the Year Award (Thank God For Mama-with Joanne Cash), Song of the Year (Thank God For Mama), 4-time winner of the Christian Country Crown Jewel Award, and the prestigious Entertainer of the Year Award from the United States Association of Gospel Entertainers and Musicians. He has also won the Video of the Year Award (Bible By Her Bed) and the Male Horizon Award from the International Country Gospel Music Association.
Rene' has been called by God to share the gospel through music. His mission is to be a disciple, go wherever God opens the doors, and share Christ's message of love and redemption.
Rene's CDs are available for purchase through him personally, his website, or CD Baby.
Philippians 1:6; Philippians 4:13