The Pace Report

Season 2011 Episode 07.03.11

The Pace Report: "Res: Reset and Revised" The Res Interview

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As a journalist and interviewer, I’ve seen and witnessed some of the highs and lows of the literary, music, and political issues that have shaped and influenced this country. As art is something both personal and cerebral, many people have been left with the power to support or break ones career. Just take a look at the American Idol and Glee infestation thats taken hold of the the American viewing audiences over the last decade. Some artists have had to work harder at working at their craft; while some have unfortunately had a silver spoon placed in their mouth. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to watch and hear vocalist/songwriter Res evolve as both a major and indie recording artist. I saw her perform for the first time at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit in 2001 on the heels of her debut album “How I Do.” The disc was a both a critical success, but a commercial failure in the eyes of her then record company MCA/Geffen Records. What I saw at that performance was a woman who didn’t have a hard time performing rock music at a time when the industry was inundated with Erykah Badu, Maxwell, and a future gem named Jill Scott. Over the last decade Res has maintained and reinvented herself and continues to knock people down with her live performances. I just caught up with her recently at this year’s 2011 Fort Greene Festival held at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, New York. She opened for Emcee Mos Def to the tune of a little over 12,000 music fans. During her performance she performed selections from her upcoming disc “Refried Mac,” a tribute to rock group Fleetwood Mac. But to really understand her background, this Philly native hasn’t let the industry dictate what she’s to record and how to perform. Originally a finance major while attending Temple University, she decided to record a?demo tape with a friend and shopped it to a few record labels. Res originally got a?demo deal with Epic Records but landed a bettemoreless

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