She was born December 25th in Detroit, Michigan and began her musical journey at the tender age four.
She studied classical music while attending Howard University in Washington D.C. and later gained
further musical inspiration from the accomplishments of Yusef Lateef, Ian Anderson, and her father (one
of Motown's original Funk Brothers) Dezie McCullers. She has since developed her own creative style.
For more than 10 years she was employed as a Wayne County Deputy Sheriff (Detroit, Michigan). Today,
she is a full-time performing/recording artist and some regard her as a "master of her craft" and one of
the world's most exciting solo improvisational flutists.
In May 2013, she released her fifth project "In The Flow". Collaborating with Grammy award winning
producer Michael Broening, (producer for legendary icons George Benson and Paul McCartney) she cowrote
the title track. That single became her biggest hit and reached number one ranking on both the
Billboard Chart and the Smooth Jazz Chart. Althea René made history by becoming the first flute player
in the history of Billboard Chart to reach the number one spot.
In April 2017, Althea René, in collaboration with award winning producer Lew Laing, delivered another
solid tour de force. “Gypsy Soul” is the first single release from her powerful, scorching hot CD “UNSTOPPABLE”.
Althea Rene also launched her first book in June 2018 entitled "Becoming Chocolate Barbie - a guide for
professional women in the music business."
◊ Althea René's “In The Flow” is the first flute-featured single ranked #1 on Billboard Music Chart
◊ Hit single "Gypsy Soul" ranked at #5 on Billboard Music chart
◊ Hit singles “My Summer Love”, “Sunday Cruise”, and “Free” were ranked on Billboard Music
Chart Top 20.
List is limited to released solo projects.
◊ Unstoppable, Independent Release, 2017
◊ Live in Detroit, Independent Release, 2015
◊ In The Flow, Trippin' N Rhythm, 2013
◊ No Restrictions, Red Cat Music Group/Bungalo Records/Universal Music Dist., 2008
◊ In The Moment, Chocolate Caramel/Koch, 2006
◊ Chocolate Rush, Chocolate Carmel Music, 2003
◊ Flute Talk, Independent Release, 2000
List is limited to festival & cruise performances.
◊ 2018 - Mallorca Spain Jazz and R&B Festival
◊ 2018 - Urban Music Festival
◊ 2018 - Ft. Sam Houston Jazz Series
◊ 2017 - Vanport Jazz Festival
◊ 2017 - Greater Hartford Jazz Fest
◊ 2017 - Chene Park Jazz Explosion
◊ 2017, 2015 & 2013 - Seabreeze Jazz Festival
◊ 2016 - Barbados Jazz Excursion
◊ 2016 - Algarve Portugal Smooth Jazz Festival
◊ 2016 - Cancun Jazz Festival
◊ 2014 & 2010 - Capital Jazz Cruise
◊ 2014 - Las Vegas City Lights JFestival
◊ 2014 - Austin Jazz Festival
◊ 2014 - Jazz on the Hilltop
◊ 2014 - Brian Culbertson Napa Valley Jazz Getaway
◊ 2013 - Spring Breeze Jazz Cruise
◊ 2013 & 2011 - Chene Park Soul-Jazz Explosion
◊ 2012 & 2011 - International Dubai Jazz Festival
◊ 2011 & 2009 - St. Lucia Jazz Extravaganza
◊ 2011 & 2009 - Sea Breeze Jazz Festival
◊ 2011 - Berks Jazz Festival
◊ 2011 - Smooth Autumn Grooves Festival
◊ 2010 - Green Jazz Cruise
◊ 2010 - Capital Jazz Festival
◊ 2009 - Norman Brown Smooth Jazz All-Star Cruise
◊ 2008 - Brian Culbertson’s Smooth Jazz All-Star Cruise
◊ Altus Handmade Flutes
This page is updated frequently.