“The journey is essential to the dream”
St. Francis of Assisi
Renee’ Coale Willis is a prolific and accomplished professional singer/songwriter. She began her career at the age of 13, when she started shaping her thoughts, emotions and experiences into songs and performing publicly. Renee’ grew up in the rural Texas Gulf Coast town of Blessing, amidst rice fields and cattle ranches, in a family where music was a dominant every day feature. Her writing is a reflection of her southern roots with an insightfulness and honesty that quickly endears listeners to her music. Renee’s voice is strong, pure and full of emotion.
Renee’ earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, then moved to Nashville, TN in 1988 to join the professional songwriting community. Her songs are catalogued with such prestigious publishers as Almo-Irving, Hayes Street Music, Moraine Music Group, and Universal. Renee’ has had songs recorded by various artists in the U.S. and abroad. She achieved platinum level status with Sony artist, Rick Trevino, on his debut album with “Life Can Turn On a Dime,” a song co-written with Austin Cunningham and Allen Shamblin. The song was also featured on the Sony produced, Common Ground album. Renee’ penned, along with three army wives, “Charm of the Army (A Tribute to the Army Wife)” and “Rolling Along With the Army (A Tribute to the Army Spouse),” which have rapidly gained popularity on posts around the world when they gather for various social occasions and ceremonies. In 2016, the esteemed Bluebird Café produced a benefit album, “Keeping It Original for Alive: A Celebration of Songwriters Benefiting Alive Hospice”, and chose her song, “Love Is a Higher Power,” a collaboration with singer/songwriter, Billy Montana.
Renee’ is a professional member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, of which she served from 1994-1995 on the Steering Committee, primarily addressing rapidly arising royalty issues related to internet downloading. She is also a voting member of the Country Music Association, and has been a registered songwriter with the BMI performing rights organization since 1989. Renee’ has her own song publishing company, Little Blessing Music. She has recorded three CD’s featuring her original songs: A Front Porch, A Kitchen Table and God, Love Is All That Matters, and Small Town Deep Within.
Renee’ has taught songwriting workshops and classes throughout her career. She was invited in 2011 to teach a formal self-written course on the fundamentals of professional songwriting as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Trinity University, for the fall semester. Since 2013, she has been teaching her songwriting course for Incarnate Word High School, an all-girls college preparatory curriculum. She has additionally taught at the Warrior and Family Support Center at Ft. Sam Houston, and in various continuing education programs. She is a faculty member at the Bulverde Academy of Music, a conservatory for budding songwriters, musicians and sound engineers. Other writing credits include, “Manners for Life,” a short course addressing etiquette and civility for young women. Renee’ is also working on writing children’s books and a collection of inspirational thoughts based on life lessons. One of her aspirations for the future is to collaborate with various co-writers to create music for a theatrical play. She divides her professional time between Texas and Tennessee, and loves touring and performing with songwriter colleagues. Renee’ also participates in fund-raising concerts for non-profits, and is an inspirational and motivational speaker.
For House Concerts, Benefit Concerts, Speaking engagement and other bookings/interests please contact Renee’ below.