Renée has been singing since she can remember. When she was five she was singing with a gospel group touring the East Coast singing at church camp meetings with her parents.
As she got older, she sang in choirs in school, until she found the Folk Rock Group — her dream come true — a rock band for a class in high school. With this group she performed all over the Anne Arundel County School District singing both lead and background vocals. This group also gave her a chance to record 2 records at East Coast Sound Labs in Baltimore, MD.
After high school she found an agent in Washington D.C. that introduced her to her first full time Top 40 band, Touch of Class. She worked with them for a week while their lead singer recovered from voice trouble. While working with them she fronted the band in Ocean City, MD at a prominent night spot.
After she left Touch of Class she joined the army and was stationed at Fort Campbell, KY where she joined the Gospel Group the Faithfull Few Ensemble. Renée sang both lead and background vocals in this family group that toured all over Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama visiting churches of all denominations, State prisons, and local jails singing and sharing.
After she left the Army, she moved to California where she won the Coors Classic (Nationwide talent search sponsored by Coors and JVC), which won her a cruise on the Carnival Ecstacy where she competed in the Nationals.
Shortly after her marriage to her (now former husband) Jack, she went back to her gospel roots and recorded a CD with him (The Leiningers Our Story). They toured all over California, Florida, and Maryland sharing their faith and their music. During this time Renée and Jack also had the honor of singing at John Lee Hooker’s memorial service for their friends Ollan Bell and Zakiya Hooker.
Now you can find Renee either singing the National Anthem for special functions, singing at her church, or singing with her band The Cocktail Monkeys. Either way…You’ll find her singing!