Renee Leavitt (Courtesy Photo)
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Country band, Renee and the Renegades, to play free outdoor concert in Peabody

PEABODY - Renee and the Renegades will perform a free show at the Leather City Common on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m.

Country singer-songwriter Renee Leavitt, whose father, Gary, has Peabody ties, has garnered interest from music industry veterans in Nashville, Tenn. Her music has been played on several  local radio stations, including WKLB, 101.7 The Bull, WOKQ, North Shore 104.9, and WXRV The River.

Leavitt, a 20-year-old junior at Assumption College in Worcester, has collaborated with Nashville several songwriters, including Grammy-nominated Jeff Batson, Eric Haines and Scott Neubert. She has also worked with Marblehead’s Jim Trick. She has also served as cantor for several churches, including St. Athanasius in Reading and St. Barbara’s in Woburn.  

The 90-minute show includes eight Leavitt originals and 10 cover songs. The band includes Arthur Zervas, Carl Mesrobian, Sulaymaan Miles, Will Yates and Glenn Butler.

“Renee’s got loads of talent," said Zervas, who also works with Lynn's Brian Maes. “Renee has a knack for taking a cover song and making it her own. Her style is much different than anything around today.”

“Renee is so fun to work with," added Yates, who plays bass, sax and keyboards. "She knows the oldies, today’s music and all kinds of genres. We're really looking forward to playing the outdoor venue in Peabody.”

 

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