Sep 162018

Written by George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward & Ira Gershwin

Every time Renee Olstead’s outstanding rendition of George Gershwin’s (1898-1937) immortal classic “Summertime” was heard, listen in amazement because the young singer/actress was only fifteen years old at the time she performed the standard. This song was the first released from her 2004 self-titled cd. Olstead’s performance captures her control, technique and a class delivered with disarming ease.

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Apr 082018

Written by David Foster & Renee Olstead

Whenever there was a chance to give Renee Olstead’s beautiful voice a listen, it was apparent that her impressive chops and talent should have made her a big star in the jazz and pop fields. Ms. Olstead’s two records, both produced by David Foster, were pristine examples of good music with superior vocal and instrumental performances. Her 2009 album titled Skylark presented the usual batch of inventive covers carefully crafted by Foster in the traditional pop vein. One of Skylark’s pluses was the welcome addition of a few original tunes composed by the Canadian music-maker with lyrics written by the young singer/actress. One such tune has already been reviewed, the modern torch song “Hold Me Now.” This week, the focus is on another beautiful ballad titled “Nothing But The Blame.”

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Oct 042015

Written by David Nichtern

“Midnight At The Oasis” was a 1974 hit single for American blues/rock singer Maria Muldaur. Written by noted songwriter David Nichtern, “Midnight At The Oasis” reached #6 on Billboard Hot 100. This single was eventually nominated at the 1975 Grammy Awards as “Record Of The Year” and “Song Of The Year.” The best features of the song were Muldaur’s sensual vocal performance, its irresistible soft/rock appeal and, last but not least, the exotic, saucy lyrics.

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Sep 282014


written by David Foster & Leah Felder

This week, we look back at Renee Olstead’s sophomore release, “Skylark.” Again, the young pop-jazz singer/actress teamed up with the legendary David Foster who masterfully produced her critically acclaimed, self-titled debut cd in 2004. The birth of “Skylark” was a bit troubled. Foster and Olstead started the sessions around the end of 2005 and worked hard for a couple years on the project. Together, they recorded many standards and original songs, but saw several changes to the tracklist before it met the approval of Reprise Records who finally released the cd on January 27, 2009.

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May 102009

Written by David Foster & Renee Olstead

After her critically acclaimed 2004 Warner Bros. Records album, talented singer/actress Renee Olstead went back into the studio to work on her sophomore release with her mentor, David Foster. Sessions began in late 2005 and the new album was originally scheduled to be released in 2006. Continue reading »