Renee’ Austin review…November 2, 2018….

RENEE’ AUSTIN

SONGBIRDS AND ANGELS

SONGBIRDS AND ANGELS–IN YOUR WAKE–MY BELOVED–DESTINY (FEAT. PASTOR DOUGLAS A. SMITH)–FUNNEL–GRATEFUL–I’M A PENNY–WHY OH WHY–REAL GOOD FEELIN’–BUTTERFLY–THE ROSES ARE CRYING–THAT’S WHAT I’M OFFERING–AARON BLESSING

In the early-2000’s, Renee’ Austin had it all.  She was a big-voiced, soulful singer signed to the Blind Pig label, (go check out her “Sweet Talk” album, and, in particular, her cut “Bury The Hatchet” from that set), and was destined for blues stardom.  But, as we all know, sometimes life has other plans.  Complications from thyroid surgery left her unable to sing, or to even speak above a whisper.  She went to work at a St. Paul, MN, nonprofit to help pay the bills, and, almost a year after her surgery, she answered the phone at work, and her voice had returned, just as mysteriously as it had disappeared.  She never lost her faith in God and His miracles, and now has slowly worked herself back into “recording shape.”  The results are astounding, and, save for a few upper-register notes, she’s back where she was a dozen years ago.  Yep–“Songbirds And Angels” finds Renee’ back to her soulful self, over thirteen original songs that show her love and compassion for others, as well as her undying love and gratitude for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  The songs praise her recovery and her faith, and this theme manifests itself in the leadoff title cut, as our heroine proclaims she’s “so filled with love the angels bow down!”  “My Beloved” is an ode to her devotion to a lover, and became one of our favorites, as it would make an excellent wedding song.  Mark Arneson adds sax to another cut dealing with love for her man, “I’ve got a Real Good Feelin’ about your love!”

Renee’ is on solo piano on the poignant “Butterfly,” as she boldly faces and conquers her fears thru God’s love and mercy.  This song, along with two others, were our remaining favorites.  A duet with Pastor Douglas A. Smith chronicles the lives of two individuals who make questionable choices, but redeem themselves thru the “love that wants to bring them home,” “Destiny.”  And, in a little throwback shout-out to her bluesier days, she gets downright funky on “Grateful,” as she again offers thanks to the One responsible for her resurgence.

Hey, y’all—miracles DO happen, and the power of prayer is working 24/7.  Just ask Renee’ Austin as she returns to the spotlight with “Songbirds And Angels.”  Peace…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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One response to this post.

  1. She is a Fantastic Singer Miss Reneé Austin and I sooo love this new Album by her: Songbirds & Angels! ❤❤Great Review Don and Sheryl Crow! Reneé is the real deal!! Go see her “Live” people and go out and pick up a copy of her amazing new cd: Reneé Austin, Songbirds & Angels w so many great songs, beautifully mixed, and her voice is stunning!!

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