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Flowing through music and life together
Longtime Swannanoa Valley residents Renae and Jamie Brame are partners in music and in life. They met in late 1990 through their shared love of music and have delighted in playing and singing together ever since.
Their music blends hints of folk, country, Celtic, gospel, "newgrass" and more to forge a style that serves as a vehicle for Renae’s original work. The pair will perform songs from their CD "Peaceful Waters Flow," as well as earlier songs and covers, at White Horse Black Mountain at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. Admission is $12 advance, $15 door.
Renae remembers being mesmerized as a four-year-old hearing the music her mother and father made together, singing to their own guitar and piano accompaniment. The beautiful music flowing from her mother, whose old guitar still hangs on Renae’s wall, made her feel positively giddy, and she resolved to play and sing like that when she grew up.
In her 20s, Renae started writing her own songs, learning to play a $100 Epiphone guitar to accompany the music she heard in her head. Nowadays, she is still “awakened during the night or early morning with God-given words to an entire song”, she said - material so vivid that she feels compelled to get out of bed to capture the moment on paper. She also credits her music to her career experiences with the Black Mountain Correctional Center for Women and the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry, where she gained inspiration and insight by serving and working with people from many walks of life.
While Renae is the duo’s primary songwriter, "Jamie adds the proper drive to the songs through his skill on guitar and mandolin, and adding harmonies,” his wife said. They’ll be joined onstage by Renae’s son, James Wilson on vocal harmonies and Kenny Phillips on bass, plus Doug Douglas and Jennifer LeBraun on percussion.
Renae and Jamie Brame have recorded three CDs together, "Highway 9," "Just a Couple of Lovers Who Still Care" and "Peaceful Waters Flow."