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Reneé Rapp's debut record 'Snow Angel' perfectly encapsulates where we are now in pop music

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

Pop powerhouse Reneé Rapp has just released her debut LP Snow Angel, out now for streaming on all platforms. Between going on tour, juggling her acting career, and opening up about her sexuality to the public, Reneé has a lot to spill and express within this album. Ever since the kickoff of her career back in 2018, Reneé’s success has been expanding exponentially. This album does a fantastic job of illustrating the excitement and struggle of balancing a multifaceted career in entertainment all while trying to figure out her own identity as she enters adulthood.


Following her success with acting on screen and on stage, Reneé has put her focus on her career as a recording artist. Ever since a young age, Reneé’s goal was to work as a singer/songwriter, and her upcoming album represents her finally getting to a point in her music career where she can say exactly what she wants to say how she wants to say it. The 12-track album gives insight into her growing maturity as an artist and a human being, and the songs off of Snow Angel accurately illustrate where she is currently both emotionally and artistically.

“I feel really proud about where this sonic pallet has gone and where we've ended up. I feel like if I put every genre that I'm obsessed with and took every artist that I idolized and then spit it out through my ears, this would be that.”

Reneé is past the idea of trying to make things comfortable or easily digested to unaccepting audiences, and her new album comes out with lyrics that are blatant and direct, showing her fearlessness in expressing herself and opening up about vulnerable subjects. Her song “So What Now” encapsulates her current attempts to look out for herself and rise above past situations and struggles to be the artist and the person that she strives to be.


Throughout Reneé's career, she has talked a lot about the concept of delusion and the role it has played within her career. Through listening to Snow Angel and hearing her talk about the album, it is clear that Renné has a high level of confidence in her work and in herself. Over the years, Reneé has learned to recognize the similarities in confidence and delusion, and during our talk with the singer/songwriter, she reflected on the interchangeability of the terms.

"Delusion doesn't have to be a bad thing. It can be a great thing. Especially as girls or non men, you are taught that if you come across as confident then that is not super cool, so let's mask it as delusion so that they can giggle with you and not be intimidated by you or bothered by your presence. So I think a lot of the times when I say delusion, it's to avoid people calling me a bitch because I believe in myself."
Photo Credit: Katia Temkin

Anyone who looks at Reneé’s career and where she has come would be able to tell that she has finally settled into who she is. Her journey with accepting her sexuality and becoming comfortable with herself regardless of the judgment and opinion of strangers and people in the industry is extremely inspiring, which has allowed her strong bond with her fans to thrive. Renné recently came out publicly as bisexual, and songs like “Pretty Girls” show her struggling in her love life and battling concepts such as the hyper-sexualization of queer people.

When talking about her experience with coming out publicly, Reneé said,

“I have been out to different people for almost 10 years now, but since I have been publicly out, I have become so much more comfortable in myself…I am very thankful to have an enormous community of queer people around me who all identify in different ways and treat each other just the same. When you guys talk about being gay, it makes me feel cooler to be gay.”

Snow Angel is the perfect record for where we are now in pop music. With cutting lyrics and melodies that contrast from playful to insistent, Reneé made a record that celebrates femininity and criticizes modern romance. As a feminist, member of the LGBTQ community, and a young adult, Reneé’s transparency in her songwriting speaks to a generation. Her songs provide screamable lyrics that are anthemic for young women and queer people growing up in this day in age.

 

Listen to Snow Angel out now on all streaming platforms!


Watch the music video for "Pretty Girls" at the link below:


See Renné on her ongoing 'Snow Hard Feelings Tour' at the following dates.

AUG 22 ROUGH TRADE NEW YORK, NY

AUG 23 LOONEY TUNES (SET 1) LONG ISLAND, NY

AUG 23 LOONEY TUNES (SET 2) LONG ISLAND, NY

AUG 24 ROUGH TRADE NEW YORK, NY

AUG 29 FINGERPRINTS LONG BEACH, CA

SEP 15 BAYOU MUSIC CENTER HOUSTON, TX

SEP 17 SOUTH SIDE BALLROOM DALLAS, TX

SEP 18 STUBB'S WALLER CREEK AMPHITHEATER AUSTIN, TX

SEP 20 THE MISSION BALLROOM DENVER, CO

SEP 21 THE UNION EVENT CENTER SALT LAKE CITY, UT

SEP 23 LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL LAS VEGAS, NV

SEP 25 SOMA SAN DIEGO, CA

SEP 28 ARIZONA FINANCIAL THEATRE PHOENIX, AZ

SEP 30 GREEK THEATRE LOS ANGELES, CA

OCT 02 FOX THEATER OAKLAND, CA

OCT 03 FOX THEATER OAKLAND, CA

OCT 05 QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE VANCOUVER, BC

OCT 06 ROSELAND THEATER PORTLAND, OR

OCT 07 THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE SEATTLE, WA

OCT 10 THE FILLMORE MINNEAPOLIS, MN

OCT 11 BYLINE BANK ARAGON BALLROOM CHICAGO, IL

OCT 13 EGYPTIAN ROOM @ OLD NATIONAL CENTRE INDIANAPOLIS, IN

OCT 14 THE FILLMORE DETROIT DETROIT, MI

OCT 16 RYMAN AUDITORIUM NASHVILLE, TN

OCT 17 COCA-COLA ROXY ATLANTA, GA

OCT 18 THE FILLMORE CHARLOTTE CHARLOTTE, NC

OCT 21 MTELUS MONTREAL, QC

OCT 22 HISTORY TORONTO, ON

OCT 24 THE FILLMORE PHILADELPHIA, PA

OCT 25 STAGE AE PITTSBURGH, PA

OCT 27 THE ANTHEM WASHINGTON, DC

OCT 28 ROADRUNNER BOSTON, MA

OCT 30 TERMINAL 5 NEW YORK, NY

OCT 31 KINGS THEATER BROOKLYN, NY

NOV 02 AVANT GARDNER - GREAT HALL BROOKLYN, NY

NOV 03 TERMINAL 5 NEW YORK, NY

NOV 08 THE BROOK (MATINEE SHOW) VINILO, SOUTHAMPTON

NOV 08 THE BROOK VINILO, SOUTHAMPTON

NOV 09 PRYZM BANQUET RECORDS KINGSTON, UK

NOV 09 PRYZM BANQUET RECORDS KINGSTON, UK

NOV 10 THE LEVEL ROUGH TRADE NOTTINGHAM, UK

FEB 13 OLYMPIA PARIS, FRANCE

FEB 15 CARLSWERK VICTORIA COLOGNE, GERMANY

FEB 16 HUXLEY BERLIN, GERMANY

FEB 19 MELKWEG THE MAX AMSTERDAM

FEB 20 ANCIENNE BELGIQUE BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

FEB 23 APOLLO MANCHESTER, UK

FEB 25 O2 ACADEMY GLASGOW GLASGOW, UK

FEB 28 ACADEMY BIRMINGHAM, UK

MAR 01 HAMMERSMITH APOLLO LONDON, UK

MAR 04 3OLYMPIA DUBLIN, IRELAND

Make sure visit her website and follow Reneé on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok to stay updated on her upcoming projects!

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