news / Focus on our 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner - Rene Byrd
Our celebrity ambassadors take their roles seriously, and we are blessed to work with one of those who always supports us at our events - namely the beautiful Rene Byrd. Rene has been a NMCF UK ambassador for several years and is always one of the first people to gift her time and talent to helping the charity when we need her support. Rene's wonderful performance was loved by the guests and really set the tone for the evening ahead.
The latest artist to bring a fresh new take on the soul and pop genres is the talented singer and songwriter, Rene Byrd. A driven musician with a powerful voice, her heartfelt lyrics are set to touch listeners across the globe.
Rene Byrd's passion for singing began from a very young age when she participated in numerous talent contests namely an inter-college competition based in London which nurtured stars like Daniel and Natasha Bedingfield. These successfully placed her as one of the top talents in the UK. At the age of 14, Rene joined a band as a backup vocalist, paving the way for her career in the music industry. A star was born. Rene is third generation West Indian and she comes from a religious and musical background. Her father was a music producer signed to RCA Records in the early eighties and her uncle is a Gospel singer, now internationally known as 'Bishop John Francis,' founder of Ruach Ministries whose choir sang for HRH Majesty the Queen at the Royal Variety Show. John Francis also had a gospel TV Show broadcasted on Channel 4, called 'People Get Ready'. Rene recalls it 'was a regular occurrence to see my father and uncle on TV and they both inspired me to sing. Their talent is amazing!' Some of Rene's past performances and guest appearances include a show at the world famous Elstree Film Studios, the TG Foundation's charity event featuring Lady Gaga's designer Vera Thordardottir, Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris and 'Live at Delancey Street, Performance for BET America with Traci Ellis Ross for her show 'Read Between the Lines,' Annabel's Private Members club in Mayfair London and a performance at the National Art Gallery for the Prime Minister of Lithuania accompanied with band members that work with George Michael and Emeli Sandé. Rene is an ambassador for the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. She also did a tasteful Boudoir Shoot for Target Ovarian Cancer Charity with Lingerie provided by her sponsor Sonata as seen in Vogue UK, to help to create awareness and aid fundraising. Rene Byrd released an Ep entitled 'More Than Words' which received great response, the lead track 'Born Again' received heavy rotation from the Radio DJ's in the UK and overseas. The release of her new single featuring the late John Holt is already making waves on Social Media Platforms and has received global rotation, play-listing and interviews from the Dj's and Radio Presenters excited to hear Rene's new offering.
Check out her live performance at the Monologue Slam UK
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