Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 

Well, most people know me as ‘Renee Ousted’ but my full legal name is Rebecca Renee King and I was born June 18th 1989 in Houston, Texas. I grew up there and started singing in Opry houses and doing local singing competitions as a kid. I came out to LA as a kid to act and do TV stuff, but I’ve always loved to sing. I was fortunate enough to fall into the right hands!

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I signed to Warner Brothers Records when I was 12, put out a couple records produced by David Foster… My first record dropped when I was 15…we started touring extensively. I opened for BB King on a European tour, got to be a musical guest on Oprah, Letterman, and the Today show. We even managed to nab the #1 spot on Amazon for nearly a week. It was an amazing kick off to my music career.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 

I’ve always been inspired by old things.

Rather its Jazz, American songbook kind of stuff, or my favorite old country records, I’ve always found there’s so much to draw from when you look to artists who paved the way. My new music celebrates a lot of the country artists that inspire me, people like Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton… they were all incredible. groundbreaking talents who did it it different than everyone else and told amazing stories in the songs they’d write.

My new single “Help Me Make It Through the Night” is a Kris Kristofferson song that I’ve always loved. I felt like paying homage to some of the artists that have inspired me so much was a great way to kick off the release of the new music.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 

There’s always going to be creative push back. People have different tastes, we all just like different things, you know? So when you get advice, it’ll be based a lot on what that person’s own preferences are. Its always a good idea to listen to critique (especially if you keep hearing the same advice over and over again) but ultimately, you can’t let people defeat your artistic voice with constant suggestion.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

My new records I make at home with my husband (musician/producer Tommy King).  He has an incredible analog studio full all sorts of magical ribbon mics, vintage instruments, and tape machines. We have a lot of fun playing around, its also awesome that we can experiment until we get a sound that we love. Takes the pressure off, I never have to worry about running out of studio time without leaving with a product I love. I’m lucky to know a lot of incredible musicians who have been a part of the new recordings. People like Greg Leisz, who have literally played with everyone from Springsteen to Daft Punk, and of course my favorite, Willie.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 

I’ve been here a long time and I’m not going anywhere. I’ll go where the music takes me. My fans are the best, but I really don’t care if I have a thousand devoted fans or a million screaming ones. Regardless of the number, they always inspire me and push me to create music that I want to share.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Fans, artists that tell stories that rip your heart out, the feeling you get when you hear someone tell you how your music has made an impact on their life.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Great musicians and conveying something real that people can connect with.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 

There’s more music coming soon! I’ve been slowly releasing music since leaving Warner Brothers, but I have a hard drive full of finished songs about to go in to mixing. You can expect a steady stream of releases now!

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

Stay true to your voice. Don’t be insecure or afraid that other people will outshine you. Collaboration, willingness, hard work, and research always pay off. Stay true to what inspires you. Delve into learning more about the people who made you want to become a musician. Read the biography, listen to the deep cuts.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 

This is the awkward one but….2 Grammy noms. Live 8 Berlin, 2 records on Warner Brothers records, 200,000 monthly Spotify listeners, 300k views on my last independent music video.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

The songs that happen the easiest that usually end up being my favorites. Its the song that I go back and forth on for a week that never quite seem finished. I always have a concept, I’m not a fan of vague songs. “She’s Got Your Name” for instance, was inspired by a radio interview I listened to. I wanted to write a song from the perspective of ‘the other woman’. Most women, by nature, hate this person, but I wanted to examine her own hardships, e.g. spending the holidays alone, never fully having the love of the person you care most about.

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Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols. 

Willie, Dolly, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Sam Cooke.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

Working with Robert Randolph was definitely a highlight. I’m a big fan!

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 

www.ReneeOlsteadMusic.com

https://www.instagram.com/renee_olstead/

https://www.instagram.com/renee_olstead/

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music. 

Fans can check out my newest single for free on Youtube: https://youtu.be/y1Lvy1YmMu0

Or on streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal etc.

Apple Music: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id12962…

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id12962…

Amazon: http://a.co/ijDct7I

Bandcamp: http://reneeolstead.bandcamp.com/trac…

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

My happiest day hasn’t happened yet and my saddest day isn’t worth remembering.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Putting together a world tour (with free tickets for my fans, of course) and paying off my mortgage.

 

 


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