A self-described geek, happiest when wearing horn-rim glasses, turning knobs and pushing buttons, multi-instrumentalist and producer Renee Cologne makes electronic, orchestral pop music. Equally interested in the visual as well as the aural aspects of a project, she is known for wearing costumes and headpieces when performing.
Cologne was a recipient of the coveted New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant for Music Composition, which allowed her to build her first home studio, start her own independent record label called Backdoor Records, and release her debut CD entitled Aromatherapy, because, how can you not call your first album that when your last name is “Cologne”? Three other releases followed, The Opposite Of, Rock & Roll Housewife and Coverlings, all of which garnered acclaim and gushing reviews. In Coverlings, she breathed new life into a collection of 11 well-known pop songs from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s; reconstructing them using both human (earthling – voice, acoustic, orchestral) and machine (alien – electronic, beats, synths) elements in a way that was fresh, rich and nuanced.
She has toured extensively in promotion of her own music, as the drummer in the all-girl all-star band Big Panty, and as a background singer and guitar player for MeatLoaf. Her passion for the Bulgarian Women’s Choirs led her to create a collection of a cappella choral pieces, as yet unreleased, entitled “Hymns for a Hungry Planet”.
As a composer and singer, she has written or performed for stage, dance and film. Her voice has been heard on many commercials, including M&M’s, McDonald’s, Otezla, and many others.
2020: the year of the pandemic saw Renee turning her attention to sync licensing – taking classes to learn about the industry, attending virtual conferences and aiming her considerable skills at create soundscapes and songs that serve the scene. Comfortable with direction and deadlines, Renee plays well with others.
“…one of the most mesmerizing voices I’ve heard in many years…” (Neufutur)
“Coverlings … is a remarkable full-length LP of covers done her own way without changing them beyond recognition, and the result is nothing short of masterful.” (Indie Pulse Music)
“On The Opposite Of, Cologne … produces music that is majestic and dramatic, painted in stunning, bold strokes on an over-sized canvas.” (Heard Magazine – Australia)
“There are records that are immediately arresting. This is one of them. Renee Cologne has a wide screen, luminous sound. Her second CD is a masterful work. (Collected Sounds)
“Occasionally, among the hundreds of CD’s released by hopefuls reaching for the stars, there’s one so brilliant it stops you dead. “ (Dan Aquilante, The New York Post)