I had the chance to chat with Renée Wynter about her upcoming single, Speak. As a singer-songwriter she has produced a number of singles and has been involved in some tremendous projects, including some outside of the realm of the music industry. Thank you to Renée Wynter for answering all of my questions.
Could you tell our readers a little about yourself?
I’m a mom of two boys. I own two companies with my family. One is a music entertainment company and the other is in the food and general trading business. I’ve been singing since I can remember, it’s always something I wanted to do. I love sports so much, if I wasn’t doing music I’d be running on a track, playing basketball, volleyball or some sport somewhere….. probably golf.
You recently released a brand new single, Speak, could you share what this work means to you and what inspired you?
This work means so much to me. I’ve been on this musical journey for many years and being back is truly a blessings The inspiration behind the single was relationships – how they have highs and lows and how sometimes, we tend to sweep issues under the rug. Sometimes we expect our partner to be a mind reader. Speak is about pushing people to have a simple conversation and speak about it. No more subliminal messages. Just communicate with your partner.
How did you become involved in the world of music?
Ever since I was a child I wanted to sing. I think what made me want to get involved in the world of music was in the sixth grade when I got my first standing ovation. It was unreal.
Who were some of your influences?
I have so many influences, so here are just a few – Tracie Spencer, Shai, Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, 702, Tamia. I could go on. I love music.
What was your experience like as part of the Sony BMG Street Team?
It was so great. They took such care of us. Looking back on it we had the VIP experience. I learned so much.
Could you discuss the journey that lead to your first song, My Baby?
The story is a really cool one. Glenn Lewis is a good friend of mine and he would always look out for me and this particular time he referred me to Marcus Kane. Marcus Kane and his wife Sophia were looking for a singer for a hook they wrote and the song was titled “My Baby” l helped write the verses and the song was born.
You created Wynterland, could you describe this production company?
Wynterland is the ideal place for an artist. We help you get a demo done, EPK, whatever you need we get you connected. We feel confident with our network and we get the job done. Once you’re done working with us you can compete on a professional level.
Outside of music you have a family business, would you be able to talk a bit about Sweet Like Dat?
Sweet like dat is near and dear to my heart. Our family started it because my dad retired and wanted something to do. He gave up a lot his dreams to raise us so we were honoured to be able to help make some of his dreams come true. My parents cook together and as a family we spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It made sense to work with food because we love food and it comes natural to us. We grew up in the kitchen together so once we decided what product we would make we knew all of us would be cooking. We decided to make a product called “Solomon Gundy” it’s a spread for Jamaican water crackers that made from smoked red herring. We’re in a few stores across the Greater Toronto Area. Caribbean Corner in Kensington market, Nicey’s Brampton, Charlies in Mississauga and a few others. It’s been a great start a we look forward to what the future holds.
Where can our readers keep up with you and and everything you do online?
Go check out my website www.wynterland.com