Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

I’m excited to announce that I was invited to play the

Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival!

The festival takes place Aug 4-6 at the foot of the Berkshire Mountains in NY.

For more information, please click on the link below:

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival


Watch NPR Tiny Desk Contest Video for “Shame”

A few weeks ago, we made a video for the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest.
You can check it out here:

Elmore Magazine Premieres Video for “See You On The Way Down”

Watch Nashville Singer-Songwriter Renée Wahl Perform In Stop-Motion With New Music Video


Thank you to The Alternate Root Magazine and Danny McCloskey for putting “Better the Devil” on the list of Top 10 Songs of the Week!

See the article here:


New EP Coming September 30

Hush, Shh, Psst And Don’t Tell A Soul…

Renée Wahl – Sworn Secrets

Part 1 of 2 – EP’s

1st Release Out September 30

She can go from the sweetness of a Dolly Parton to almost the sharp tone of a Maria McKee…” – No Depression

“With a touch of gallows humor and a dash of powder keg passion, Renée Wahl’s songwriting grabs me by the ears on the first listen.” – Sloane Spencer,

Set for a September 30 release, Sworn Secrets is filled with pain songs, love songs and reflection songs from Nashville singer-songwriter Renée Wahl that capture her life in a bottle. This is the first of a two-part EP series to be released with the second in the winter. Produced and mixed by Patterson Barrett at Joe McMahan’s Wow & Flutter Studios in East Nashville; she will release this through her label Double R Records. The Pennsylvania native is carving out her own space at the recently rediscovered intersection of East Nashville, where the sounds are grittier than a polished Music Row, just a few miles away.

Inspired by groundbreaking artists including Neko Case, Buddy and Julie Miller, Linda Ronstadt, and Ryan Adams, Wahl deftly crafts accessible songs that explore the human experience. From escaping emotional torment to finding a short-term solution to a temporary loneliness problem, few topics are off limits when it comes to Wahl’s powerful and personal approach to songwriting.

Wahl’s thoughts on some of the tunes:

Wild Living – “The song came about while reminiscing about when I lived in Philadelphia and looking back at all the unbelievably crazy things I did. I was feeling melancholy about being so uninhibited then and wanting to be that way again, and yet, thankful not to that be destructive and irresponsible anymore. It’s a fine line…”

See You on the Way Down – “When I came up with the title the overall idea was about knowing you shouldn’t do something, but you do it anyway.  So it can apply to anything and, at first, it wasn’t really about a relationship, but the song wanted to go that way!”

Better the Devil “I clearly remember the time I came up with the first few lines of this song.  I was making significant life changes with so many unknowns when suddenly, I dropped a light bulb, and it shattered on the floor.  I started to feel a sense of panic over what I was doing and the idea just spilled out.”

Her writing and singing voice recall Jessi Alexander, Lucy Kaplansky and Jude Johnstone, whose careers have been long and diverse. As her approach is tried and true, she tries to echo an old Cowboy Jack Clement’s tip – “reveal some of yourself with most of your songs.”

“Songwriting can be very personal, and in some ways, it can be secretive,” Wahl says. “When writing, I dig deep, and that sometimes brings up subjects that I might not normally talk about in an open environment.”

Inside the studio can be a daunting experience, but with Patterson Barrett, a long-time veteran of the Americana genre, it was easy for her to relax. “Renée’s songwriting talent is obvious, but for me as a producer, she’s a joy to work with. She’s such a good singer; she makes it sound so natural and effortless that you might not even notice when you first listen to her,” gushes the native Texan. “During recording, she’s very receptive to suggestions regarding her performance. I’m proud of the record.”

A native of Harrisburg PA, Renée was raised in a large working class family. She started to play piano at 6, voice at 7 and guitar at 8 and violin at 10 and finally saxophone at 11. While show business may be in her blood — her grandmother was a Vaudeville singer and tap/acrobat — Renée owes much of her grit and determination to her grandfather, who served as a tail gunner on a B29 “Superfortress” in World War II. She caught the Air Force bug from him when she was at Wagner College, then left for boot camp after her freshman year.  After graduating from East Stroudsburg University with a physics degree, Renee joined the Air Force. She earned her Masters Degree in Aeronautics and then was assigned to the NSA as a staff scientist.

As Renée pushes forward with Sworn Secrets, she embraces the future of touring, more songs written and more albums. So as for now, she just shows you the first five Sworn Secrets time will tell.

Renée is represented and managed by Rodney P. Metoyer: – Tel:  (615) 260-8787

For publicity needs: Jill Kettles – Miss Jill PR – T- 404-213-8542 or Email:

Join Us for Westhaven’s 5th Annual Porchfest

Join us June 18 from 5-6pm at Westhaven’w 5th Annual Porchfest. We’ll be playing at
213 Starling Lane
Franklin, TN 37064

PORCHFEST 2016 from Fresh Films on Vimeo.

Tune in to Veterans Impact Radio on June 20 at 1pm!

Tune in Saturday, June 20 at 1pm as I help co-host Veterans Impact Radio on WGNS Radio in Rutherford County, TN.  I’ll be playing some new songs on the show!

Listen live locally on AM 1450, FM 100.5 and 101.9  or online at

veterans impact radio


Songs for Kids Fundraising Goal Exceeded!

Not only did we meet the goal I set for the Songs for Kids campaign, we exceeded it!!!

Thank you again to those who contributed and to those who shared the information with your friends and family.  I know these children will benefit greatly from your contributions!



For Your Consideration: Please Help Support “Songs for Kids Foundation”

I just began working with the Songs For Kids Foundation to help raise money for this wonderful organization.  Please check out their info and consider donating to this very worthy cause.

Please click this link to visit and donate here

you can also go directly to the site at


Songs For Kids Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 2007 with the mission to enrich the lives of children suffering from illness and hardship. We integrate musicians year-round into the lives of kids both in and out of children’s hospitals and special needs camps through live interactive concerts, hospital bedside performances and our Songs For Kids Records songwriting & recording program.

In May 2007, Songs For Kids made its first hospital visit to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite in Atlanta, Georgia. Since then, the popularity of our unique programs has led to rapid expansion and a surging demand (18 visits in 2007, over 1000 in 2013). Songs For Kids is now in four states and currently services all of the children’s hospitals in Georgia in addition to two hospitals in Los Angeles, CA, one in Orange County, CA, one in Spokane, WA and two in Charlotte, NC.

In January, 2013 we launched our first Songs For Kids Tour. In what may have been the biggest children’s hospital outreach program in history, the tour reached over 5,000 hospitalized children and families in 239 children’s hospitals in 180+ cities. The journey lasted over 250 days and covered 32,000 miles, as kids had the opportunity to sing, dance, laugh and smile in hospitals across every region in the United States.

Check out “Bill Maier and the Campfire All Stars” Album Article

Three of my songs made Bill Maier’s newest release!  Thank you Janet Goodman for a great article!  Here’s an excerpt, but click the link below to read the full article:

Maier could be described as a songwriter’s songwriter, and there’s nary a song here not worth a generous listen. “Hate My Life” is surprisingly a love song replete with peeves (yet somehow chokes me up), and in wild romp “Cold Day In Memphis” (co-written by Renee Wahl), he clears up any confusion as to the direction they’re traveling: “Jimmy Swaggart on the radio/Telling us where to go/We went the other way.”

Showing solid, story-telling chops as well as tender artistry on stand-out “Anywhere,” Maier delivers arguably his best emotional performance on the so pretty “The Sound of Goodbye” (another Maier/Wahl collaboration), where he sadly realizes, “That empty promise in your kiss/Those words that never leave your lips/There’s nothing left to say or do but cry…”