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Artist Profiles - Flutist Althea Rene

Althea Rene was born December 25th in Detroit, Michigan. She began her musical career at age four as a classical flutist. While attending Howard University in Washington D.C, She studied classical music and later she 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.

Althea René was employed as a Wayne County Deputy Sheriff (Detroit, Michigan) for more than 10 years. Today, Ms. René is a full-time performing/recording artist. She is regarded among many as a “master of her craft” and one of the world’s most exciting solo improvisational flutists.

In May, 2013, Althea Rene released her fifth project "In The Flow". Collaborating with Grammy award winning producer Michael Broening; (producer for legendary icons George Benson, Marion Meadows, and Paul McCartney) they co-wrote the title track that became her hit single and reached number one ranking on both the Billboard chart and the Jazz chart. Althea made history by being the first flute player to ever be ranked number one in Billboard's 30 year chronicle.