Influenced by the freedom of jazz and harmony Stahl describes her music as melancholy pop. 'it makes you feel happy and sad at the same time' A native of Cleveland, Renée Stahl began her music career at the age of 10 belting show tunes and writing songs in her bedroom. At 18, an acting career called her to New York City once there, she flirted with musical aspirations by joining several singing groups and performing jazz on occasion. In 1992 she moved to Los Angeles to star in an independent film. As it turned out Los Angeles also provided her with musical opportunities. After a short time, stemming from a private joke she became known as 'renee from Paris- the name she chose to call her first band. Renée has sung with Alexi Murdoch, Josh Clayton-Felt (school of fish), Lili Haydn, Ann Magnuson, Abby Travis, Lizzie West, Jeremy Toback and East Mountain South, among others The co-producers on melancholy pop include Andrew Williams (Old 97's, Peter Stuart, Victoria Williams, Scott Thomas Band) Chad Fischer (Alexi Murdoch, Colin Hay, Lazlo Bane) Dave Dale (Audiomatic) Most of the songs on this CD were co-written with Kevin Hunter (Wire Train, Tuesday Night Music Club) with whom she has another project in the works called bella nova. Apart from her love of performing- she finds joy in organizing benefits and events which enable musicians to come together and share their art. Some of these include a season for nonviolence, descendants of the earth (Josh Clayton Felt memorial concert) Renee sings at venues such as...the hotel café, the mint, knitting factory, genghis cohen, the derby, tangiers and she still sings in her bedroom. She can also be heard on stations such as 89.9 KCRW (Los Angeles) and 88.9 WERS (Boston) This is her debut CD!