FYIG Chats With Singer/Songwriter Renée Wynter

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
 
My family is Jamaican and I’m a first-generation Canadian. I’m the third child out of four children by my parents. Music was a huge part of my childhood, it was always playing in my house. It was something I always loved, almost as much as I love sports. I ran track, played basketball and volleyball for most of my schooling years. I have two sons ages four and six. I used to be a stay at home mom after I had my second child and now they’re both in school full time so I have time to fulfill some new goals. I have a huge sense of humour and I like to see the brighter side of life. I believe in God and I don’t believe in coincidences. 
 
You first got the itch to get into the music industry performing Michael Jackson songs when you were 3 years old. Was music always your main goal or were there times when you were thinking about other career paths? 
 
Music has always been my main goal. I was always cautious so I always had a job on the side. I worked at RBC for many years. I was never able to be a starving artist because I always had bills to pay but overall music was it for me. To be honest, this is the first time I’ve been all-in with my music. It means the world to me to be able to do this. 
 
Your journey into the industry happened through a lot of networking. Talk about how all that came to be. 
 
When I first started doing talent shows I made real friendships with other performers. We would see one another at all these shows around the city and we would always talk but it wasn’t until I started working with the BMG street team that I started meeting key players and game-changers. 
 
How would you describe your musical style? 
 
I would describe my style of music as R&B/Soul. I love having elements of reggae, hip-hop, house, and dance in my music. I love all genres of music. 
 
What can you tell us about your latest single, “Speak”? 
 
My latest single “Speak” is about relationships and how I think couples need to be more transparent in their communication. Nowadays people just text or post online to send a subliminal message, when they can just pick up the phone and call someone. It’s that simple. I’m excited for people to hear it. 
 
The song is about relationships and communication. What would you say to people that are struggling in that aspect of their lives? 
 
I would say take the risk and follow your gut. Open your heart, mind and be ready to hear things you might not be ready to hear. Know that to get to the next level of a functioning relationship it takes work and effort. Couples grow together and with growth comes change. So just embrace it good or bad and have that conversation. 
 
Do you have plans for an EP or full-length album in the near future? 
 
My goal to have a full-length album but it looks like I might release an EP sooner than later. Stay tuned!
 
What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters? 
 
I would say learn to be a part of the creative process. Whether it’s writing, producing or engineering do something to contribute to the process. Also a big one, invest in yourself and never sell your publishing or copyrights. Never forget everything is negotiable. 
 
What’s your life like outside of music? 
 
I’m a mom to two boys and I help my family run our family business. It’s called “Sweet Like Dat” we’re in food and general trading. 
 
Let the readers know where to find you online. 
 
You can go to my website www.wynterland.com and we’re available on all streaming platforms.