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10 February 1966

Renata was born in Bielsko-Biała. After finishing school, Renata moved to Katowice and began to study Czech philosophy at University of Śląsk. In 1994 she moved to Cracow, and at the end of 1999 she decided to lead quiet life in the country near Cracow, away from the fuss of a big city, which enabled her to compose, make arrangements of her own songs and bring up her daughter in a peaceful atmosphere.

Her career as a singer started when she was a teenager, by singing with local rock bands. However, the real calling for music she developed during her studies when she was inspired by the music of Tom Waits, Talking Heads and Frank Zappa. As a result of it, she started a band named 'Ya Hozna' in 1989.

Although the fact, that the group lasted only for a year, they managed to release an album entitled 'Ya Hozna', the album that revealed unique and original musical style of Renata Przemyk. After her music began to catch on, she started her solo career.

From the beginning of her artistic path, she has been accompanied by her dearest friend and manager, Anna Saraniecka. Anna is at the same time the author of all her lyrics. Mature and wise lyrics have the same importance for Renata's songs as the music, and are integral part of creating the unusual nature of her work.

Most of Renata's albums were awarded with a status of golden album for selling over 50.000 copies. Moreover, they were nominated and awarded many times - mostly for artistic individuality. From the beginning of her career, the singer has also won numerous awards in various festivals in which she took part, including first prize in the festival in Cracow, 'Karolinka' in Opole and 'Bursztynowy Slowik' in Sopot.

As an artist that connects rock sounds with poetry and theatrical performance she could both perform - on the stage of a rock festival in Jarocin, and on prestigious festivals of stage song that took place in Wrocław and Köln. She has given concerts in France (Normandy, Britany, Paris) and in the USA (New York) but because of lyrics written in native language, she prefers to perform in front of the Polish public which can fully appreciate the words and also sing the songs with her.

Although, she has got many interests such as art, cinema, the 19th and 20th century literature, modern theater and drawing her own graphics, the most important for her is always music. She has cooperated with many artists but if it's for her art - she's always the only one who produces her ventures and decides about their character.

It is hard to classify her music - neither rock nor alternative nor poetry can describe what's deep inside it. She calls her music "an everlasting search for tones, sounds, emotions and climates not similar to anything that had been made before". That's why each album is different from the previous one. Nevertheless, there is always one motif in common - on every album we can hear the sound of accordion, an instrument the artist likes, despite all trends and fashions.

An individual and unique style of Renata's music has its origin in post-punk tones. However, the artist has been constantly using various instruments in her musical career. The electronic sounds were used for the first time by Renata on an album entitled 'Hormon' in 1999, which at the same time was the first album composed by her. Since then she and lyricist Anna Saraniecka have been the only 'parents' of Renata's successes.

In 2009 Renata forms the Renata Przemyk Akustik Trio together with Błażej Chochorowski and Maciej Mąka, bringing stripped accoustic versions of Renata's songs. They toured intensively and released an album in 2012. Another regular live album followed a year later. In 2014 she makes a style change away from the acoustic sound by turning back to a more pop-rock sound.

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On the web:

- Renata's website: http://www.renataprzemyk.art.pl

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What do we think:

DB: Dark, intelligent pop. If such a combination was ever possible Renata proves it. Incorparating Polish culture into her compositions she is artistically one of the most intriging artists coming from the country by the East sea. The word relentless comes to mind. She makes no consessions and gives her music raw, in your face. But with style, although a dark one. Her work is almost always of high quality, either in her albums or in her videoclips.

PR: This is definitely not the 'easy listening hour'. And when you put one of Renata's albums on, you won't be laughing for a few hours. Despite her popularity - each of her records sell over 50,000 copies in Poland - she is definitely not mainstream. Goof for her, good for the poeple in Poland! Renata is a unique talent, an extremely intense artist who sings of the deepest emotions in live (suicide, murder... you get the picture?). Her voice is dark and raw and the perfect instrument for her songs.

Recommended albums:

Yahozna - 1990

Mało zdolna szansonistka - 1992

♪♪♪ - Tylko kobieta - 1994

♪♪♪ - Andergrant - 1996

♪♪♪♪ - Hormon - 1999

  Blizna - 2001

♪♪♪♪ - Balladyna - 2002

♪♪♪♪♪ - Unikat - 2006

♪♪♪♪ - Odjazd - 2009

♪♪♪♪- Panienki z temperamentem (with Kayah) - 2010

♪♪♪♪ - Renata Przemyk Akustik Trio - 2012

♪♪♪♪ - w Trójce live - 2013

♪♪♪♪- Rzeźba dnia - 2014

♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided