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As the composer and voice behind the theme song from the Oscar-nominated Up In The Air movie starring George Clooney and directed by Jason Reitman, St. Louis singer/songwriter Kevin Renick was catapulted to an unusual brand of fame in 2009 thanks to the unconventional way he became involved in Reitman's movie (via a cassette tape and a remarkably serendipitous tale of being laid off from an advertising job himself before the movie started filming). What followed was a whirlwind of attention: appearances on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and numerous TV programs in his hometown; articles in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, St. Louis Magazine, the Riverfront Times and many others; and blogs around the world. Renick also launched a recording career, following his appearance on Rhino Records' Up in the Air soundtrack with a pair of self-released CDs: Close To Something Beautiful in 2010 and Come On Down in 2011. He is currently at work on his third CD, tentatively titled Our Mother's Place, and will be releasing a compilation of new songs and highlights from his earlier work titled Under The Wishing Tree in Summer 2012. A second song for a movie has also been recorded; it's titled “Ballad of the American Farmer,” slated for the upcoming James Roberson documentary about the history of American agribusiness, In the Interest of National Security. Renick performs gigs regularly around St. Louis and neighboring cities, mostly in a solo or duo format, but sometimes with a full 4-piece band. He has played at the prestigious Sheldon Concert Hall, the Old Rock House, Blueberry Hill, the Way Out Club, Vin de Set restaurant and many other venues. He also performed at the Nashville Songwriter's Festival in June 2011, and at a Neil Young tribute show at Off Broadway in November 2011. Renick's evocative original songs (160 and counting) deal with the timeless themes of love, friendship, loss and growing up. He has also recorded a children's song called “Read A Book” which was submitted to the American Library Association for consideration in their literacy campaigns; the composition was recently honored as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. MTV has called Renick's journey “one of the best true-life success stories we've heard lately.” The international film magazine Empire, published in the U.K., chose Renick's “Up in the Air” song as #5 on their list of “Best Movie Songs of 2010.” To learn more about Renick's singular story, visit www.kevinrenick.com.

 


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