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What more can be said of a singer extraordinaire who has national and international acclaim? Plenty! As one-time back-up singer for Aretha Franklin, Rena Scott who has recorded and/or toured with such greats as the Jazz Crusaders, David Ruffin, Bobby Womack, and Michael Henderson; has had movie and theatre acting roles; and whose voice has been heard on movie soundtracks, and commercial jingles; is still on the move!
The career of Rena Scott continues to evolve, and with her new CD titled “Take Me Away” on her own Amor Records label, she shows no sign of stopping. This 13-song set – scheduled for release on Oct 26th – contains songs that Rena co-wrote and co-produced with Lloyd Tolbert. It also contains four cover songs that are some of her all-time favorites like “Dr. Feelgood”, and “Don’t Ask My Neighbors”. Fans are in for a treat!
Growing up in Detroit Michigan, Rena was recognized at a very early age for her singing ability in church. She performed her first talent show at age 13, and soon after, her first record “I Just Can’t Forget That Boy”, was released. She blossomed as a performer during that period as an opening act at local venues for many of the Motown acts like the Temptations, the Four Tops, and the Originals. The highlight of that period was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing back-up for Aretha Franklin at the famed Carnegie Hall (where she vows to return someday). Her real claim to fame came some years later with the smash hit “Take Me I’m Yours”, a duet with Michael Henderson.
Songs from Rena’s last CD/DVD (combo) set titled “Let Me Love You” were featured in a blockbuster movie called “Love and Action in Chicago” which was shown on the HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, ABC, and BET networks. It starred Regina King, Courtney Vance, Kathleen Turner, and Ed Asner. She charted in three categories on the Billboard Charts with a song from the same set titled “Remember”. It peaked at # 9 in the Hot Pop Singles Sales; # 5 in the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Single Sales; and # 80 in the top 100 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. She remained and held strong on the charts for 18 weeks.
Another song from the set, “A Love Thang”, reached # 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Single Sales chart and # 17 on the Hot Pop Single Sales.
Without a doubt, Rena Scott’s skilled vocals are richly seasoned and as strong as ever. With her signature style of blending Soul, Pop, and Gospel, she has all the ingredients to rise to the very top!