Biography

As a classically-trained pianist and accomplished musician, Lydia René’s sound is best described as “indie, vibrant soul”. With influences ranging from Jill Scott and Phyllis Hyman to James Taylor and Carole King, Lydia’s blended sound will take audiences to a higher musical plateau.  

Lydia has shared the stage with many award-winning artists such as Eric Roberson, Jean Baylor, Jaguar Wright, and Wayna. She has also had the opportunity to work with acclaimed producers and musicians including Tejumold & Johari Newton (Lauryn Hill, Aretha Franklin, Jazmine Sullivan), Rick Carlos (Jennifer Lopez, Nelly), Harry Wilson (John Legend, Kindred The Family Soul), Damon “Mr. Dizzy Fingers” Bennett (Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake), and Stan Davis (Kindred The Family Soul, Kelly Rowland, Teena Marie). 

Born and raised in Mount Holly, New Jersey, Lydia gained her musical experience by performing at music venues all over nearby Philadelphia. Lydia now resides in Los Angeles, CA where she recently finished her debut studio album "Vintage Heart". Lydia teamed up with GRAMMY Award-nominated producer Jameel Roberts (Usher, J. Cole, Nicki MInaj) as well as producer / musician Harry Wilson (John Legend, Kindred The Family Soul)  & Rick Carlos (Nello, J-Lo) to create a sound all her own. She's the proud winner of the 2014 LAMN JAM competition (previously won by Aloe Blacc). Lydia also performed at the 2014 Taste Of Soul Family Festival (which draws a crowd of over 250,000) along with other performers such as Tyrese, Syleena Johnson, Tank, and Raheem Devaughn. In 2015 Lydia had the opportunity to sing a soul stirring rendition of "I Put A Spell On You" for the movie trailer campaign for the box office hit "The Perfect Guy". She also lent her voice to hit show EMPIRE on FOX by singing "Wade In The Water" with a stellar vocal ensemble for a commercial promo. Currently she is the featured vocalist in CHOBANI Yogurt's National Commercial Campaign singing "What The World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love".

While Lydia René continues to build upon her ever-growing fan base, she hopes to one day reach the level of music’s greatest singer/songwriters and musicians. Her studio album "Vintage Heart" has already received great acclaim from music publications including SoulTrain, Philadelphia Weekly and SoulBounce. The album is now available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, and Bandcamp.