CAMERON PARK, CA – When she was just a child, singer-songwriter Cynthia Renee learned she had a passion for performing when she began singing for the congregation of a small church nestled in the foothills of El Dorado County as well as other local area retirement communities. With the holidays upon us, Renee has returned to El Dorado County to share her passion of music and is proud to announce her upcoming appearance for the residents of Ponte Palmero Retirement Community later this month.
Renee will be presenting her vocal talents to the residents of the well known retirement community in Cameron Park on Saturday, December 22 during a pre holiday dinner in the resident clubhouse. The independent artist is currently producing her first solo album that features her recently released original song "Where Are You Now" as well as a number of inspirational songs which she will share with the residents and their guests along with a select mix of holiday music.
Although her college education and professional career steered her in a different direction early in life, Cynthia Renee has little doubt within her own heart that her true calling has always been singing and songwriting. Many of her peers agree that Cynthia Renee was born with a special ability to write and sing music.
"My parents tell me when I was really little I use to sing the jingles from the different television and radio commercials word for word. I don't remember that but I know when I first realized I had a gift with my voice was back in the sixth grade," said Renee. "In a sixth grade talent show, I performed the well known Journey song Open Arms and received a standing ovation. It was at that moment I realized I had a gift that I could share with others."
For Renee, it wasn't long after standing on that grammar school stage that she began performing as a child in area retirement communities, convalescent homes and most notably, a small country church in Grizzly Flats, California that was built and pastored by her Grandfather. Grizzly Flats is a rural community in El Dorado County southeast of the well known logging town of Camino and maintains a population today of just over 1000 residents.
"After the talent show I had visited my Great Grandmother in a convalescent home and I sang for her. I noticed how much she and the others enjoyed my songs," said Renee. "So I expressed to my parents my interest in singing at other hospitals in the area and they gave me their full support and helped arrange other engagements for me."
For Renee, performing isn't about walking out on a strobe lit stage with smoke and effects in front of thousands of screaming fans. While that type of following is something every performer at one time or another has dreamed of, for Renee developing a song from start to finish and then being able to share that song with others and bring them to a highly emotional state is where she finds true satisfaction.
Renee has performed with several bands over the past few years, and at a number of different venues. More recently however, she has performed solo including a performance of the National Anthem on the nationally televised Gold Cup Race of Champions in Chico in addition to performing the Anthem for the residents of El Dorado County at the Placerville Speedway during its 2012 racing season. It was at that same local venue in El Dorado County that Renee first performed the song before the public some 20 years ago when she was involved with the local community theater. Renee recently auditioned for NBC's The Voice as well where she competed against thousands of other talented artists from across the country.
"My heart has always gone out to those who are lonely. Especially people who spend their days and nights in convalescent hospitals with hardly any visitors," said Renee. Renee also feels strongly towards the sacrifice of our veterans. She contributes a portion of the proceeds from her music to the Wounded Warriors Project as a tribute to her father and other veterans. Renee's father wasn't injured in the line of duty but had many comrades who were. Her father's best friend died in his arms in the Vietnam war.
Ponte Palmero is a premier retirement community in El Dorado County. Renee is looking forward to performing for the residents just three days before the Christmas holiday in their elegant clubhouse.
"I am hoping to be able to perform at several area organizations this holiday season," said Renee, who draws a lot of her inspiration to move forward as an independent artist from the success of other indie country stars such as Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean, both of whom perform songs based on real life situations. "When you have a passion like this and dream to follow it there is plenty of hard work involved, but it's always a pleasure to share it with others. I'm looking forward to this special night at Ponte Palmero."
To learn more about Cynthia Renee visit her website at www.cynsinger.com. Her music can be located on Itunes, Amazon and on the internet Radio Airplay. Additionally, her song "Where Are You Now" has been submitted for future play on local radio as well as stations on the east coast. For more information on the Ponte Palmero Retirement Community visit www.pontepalmero.com.