Rene Edwards is a native of Washington, D.C., where she attended St. Anthony’s High School and began vocal instruction with her music teacher Mr. Howard Scott. She continued her education receiving a B.A in Business Administration and a MBA from Trinity University. In 1992, Miss Edwards’ began studying voice and Jazz technique through a continual series of vocal workshops with Jazz educators; the late Jazz vocalist Ms. Ronnie Wells and her husband Jazz pianist Ron Elliston founders of the Ellington Studio for Jazz Studies and the Fish Middleton Jazz Scholarship (FMJS). This relationship, lead to her debut performance at one of Washington’s premier Jazz venues the One Step Down (now defunct) in 1994 and subsequent performances at various local Jazz spots including annual appearances at the East Coast Jazz Festival (ECJF) in Rockville, Maryland.
Miss Edwards went professional in 1999 when she was hired to perform at a black-tie fundraiser promoting literacy entitled “Project 2000”. In 2001, she began private vocal instruction with New York based Jazz vocal master Miles Griffith (most noted for working with Wynton Marsalis, Theolonius Monk Jr., and Cassandra Wilson). Miss Edwards also began a long standing relationship collaborating lyrically with fellow Ellington vocal workshop participant; singer, songwriter, composer and producer Julian Owens (Heres2Life 20/20).
Miss Edwards has made appearances on the Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise lines (non-sponsored) and numerous private events and weddings. She appears continually at events sponsored by the Jazz Vocal Network (JVN); most recent appearances were at the Blair Manson and El Golfo Restaurant.
Miss Edwards is no stranger to Twins Jazz! She has performed at both U Street and Colorado Avenue locations over the years and continues to promote and perpetuate live vocal Jazz thru her affiliation with the Jazz Vocal Network (JVN).
Miss Edwards is single and resides in College Park, Maryland and with her precocious Siamese cat Mia.