the makings of a walking revolution…
Pia Renee is a vocalist and bassist who coined herself as a servant of Love.
Born and raised on the Westside of Chicago, Pia discovered her musical abilities at the early age of six, while watching Snow White and successfully mimicking the character singing with the birds.
Without guidance and support, her talent was buried under the issues of a turbulent adolescence. It wasn’t until her early twenties that she began to pursue her passion of becoming a professional musician.
At the age of 23, Pia enrolled in the music program at Harold Washington College and received the training that made up for the lost time throughout her teenage years. It was there that she met her musical partner, Andrew David, an artist/producer that she collaborates with regularly.
After studying the bass guitar for a year, she began playing with a local Reggae Band and begun to sing background for many others.
In 2007, during her time as a bassist and background vocalist, Pia stepped into the spotlight and auditioned for American Idol. As a background singer, her televised audition impressed both Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. But Simon Cowell’s response was the one that sealed the deal:
“I like you. You’re interesting. You don’t have the demeanor of a backing singer. Some of them come in like whipped donkeys. You’re confident; you’re stylish. I like you. I like you a lot.” – Simon Cowell
Prior to the Hollywood round, Pia received an invitation to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to sing background for Ethiopian Pop artist, Teddy Afro, which led to additional touring opportunities with his band.
Pia has countless experience contributing to live and studio projects of local hip hop and spoken word artists, and has released 2 EPs of her own. Her debut EP, In Training, features five songs that she wrote, with production provided by her musical partner Andrew David. And her second EP, Enmity, had a more diverse production team, while Pia remained the only songwriter for the Album.
As an artist, she’s experienced many things, both beneficial and horrendous. Despite the convoluted nature of the music industry, she’s made the decision that with her talents, she is and forever will be, a servant of Love.