5 ques­tions with ... RRE

Jamaica Gleaner - - AVENUE E - Shereita Grizzle/Gleaner Writer

RECORD­ING ARTISTE Re­nee Reid, known as Rre, though not as pop­u­lar as some other fe­males in the in­dus­try, has been mak­ing steady moves in her career. These moves that have al­lowed her to reap some level of suc­cess, and she is ac­knowl­edged by many as one to look out for. She is known for songs such as Rev Out Di RR, a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Grammy-nom­i­nated artiste Devin Di Dakta, and Hus­band Ma­chine. So here’s to learn­ing a lit­tle bit more about Rre.

1 WHAT WOULD PEO­PLE BE SUR­PRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

“One – that I’m ex­tremely hard on my­self. Two – I went through a phase where I had a can­cer scare, but, with God’s will, every­thing worked out the way it ought to. Three – I al­ways want to do more, even when I don’t have the time or the re­sources.”

2 WHY DID YOU DE­CIDE TO PUR­SUE A CAREER IN MU­SIC? IF YOU WEREN’T DO­ING MU­SIC, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DO­ING?

“I have been in the per­form­ing arts for 25 years now. I do every­thing from dance to drama to mu­sic. I use to travel with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional acts as a backup dancer. I know I was born to be a star and a per­former. I couldn’t not do it. I al­ways wanted to be a mu­si­cian but never had the courage or the re­sources to fol­low my dream un­til I be­came in­de­pen­dent. If I wasn’t do­ing mu­sic, I would prob­a­bly be do­ing what I’m cur­rently do­ing – work­ing in cor­po­rate as a ac­count man­ager. So maybe that’s where I would be solely.

3 ARE THERE ANY ARTISTES ON YOUR RADAR WHO YOU WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH IN THE FU­TURE?

Rre

“I have some huge col­labs al­ready, but I would love to col­lab­o­rate with Mr Genna him­self, Ai­do­nia, as a lo­cal male artiste. And as for fe­male lo­cal artistes, Ms King­dom and Shenseea to­gether on a reg­gae project. In­ter­na­tion­ally, Ju­nior Gong and Khe­lani.”

4 IT IS OF­TEN SAID THAT WOMEN ARE GIVEN A HARDER FIGHT IN THE IN­DUS­TRY THAN MEN. WHAT AD­VICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN WHO WANT TO PUR­SUE MU­SIC BUT ARE HES­I­TANT BE­CAUSE OF WHAT THEY’VE HEARD ABOUT THE IN­DUS­TRY?

“Mu­sic is the art of ex­pres­sion and the en­gine for mak­ing your voice heard. I was timid about en­ter­ing the in­dus­try, but one has to be thick-skinned and self-mo­ti­vated to sur­vive. Mu­sic is mu­sic. No man, wo­man can claim the melody and voice for the masses. My only ad­vice for up­com­ing artistes and sea­soned artistes alike is to stay mo­ti­vated and true to your­self. No one can be­lieve and re­spect your vi­sion more than you. Once you be­lieve, you won’t fail. Suc­cess, for me, re­quires com­mit­ment, drive and power.”

5 WHAT LES­SON DO YOU HOPE TO LEAVE WITH PEO­PLE BY THE TIME YOU RE­TIRE FROM MU­SIC?

“There is no re­tire­ment for those who love the mu­sic.

Mu­sic evolves and can never fade. I only pray that dur­ing the jour­ney from the start, my fans and those who hear my mu­sic pay at­ten­tion to the mes­sage and the growth with ev­ery project re­leased. I have a far way to go, and [I am] still learn­ing along the way.”

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