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(Skylar Renee is Making News) Malibu chronicle feature.

by Julie Wallach

Skylar Renee is making news. At the young age of nineteen, Skylar’s debut pop single “Good as Gone” has generated a remarkable following on YouTube, with almost 150,000 views in its first month, and was rated the number 2 pop song in Malibu on Reverbnation.

Skylar started studying with recording industry legend Ron Anderson and dedicatedskylar renee all of her free time to singing since the age of 10. Through Anderson, Skylar connected with producer/songwriter Eric Jackson and Storm. “Good as Gone” proves their work together to be a magical collaboration.

The single, with a blend of pop and singer-songwriter lyrics, played on 102.3 FM KJLH Radio and received positive accolades and praise. Fans of the song say, “You will be huge!” and “This song is killer and the video—major label quality.” While she has her own sound, Skylar was compared to Lorde, which Skylar considers an enormous compliment.

Tony Minas, a film director and photographer who works in the fashion and music industries, directed the video for “Good as Gone.” Tony said it was a pleasure working with Skylar.

A Malibu native, Skylar has an affinity for nature, which is a source of inspiration for her. Music is a spiritual outlet to her, and she feels connected to others and herself most deeply when she is engaged in songwriting, playing and performing. With an pop starsear for melody and a heart filled with lyrics, Skylar writes her own music and songs. Eric, Storm and Skylar are currently working on a new single, which will be released in the coming month.

As dedicated as she is to music, Skylar is also serious about academics. As a full-time student at the University of Southern California, Skylar’s deep motivation, drive and focus puts her on a trajectory toward success.

Look for a full set of tracks from Skylar soon. In the meantime, follow her on Twitter @skylrrenee and visit her website at www.skylarrenee.com to download “Good as Gone” on iTunes.

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Pre-med student balances studies with singing career

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You would expect an artist with almost a half of a million YouTube views on her debut music video to have already quit school in pursuit of a music career. But Skylar Steinberg, Aka Sky Renee, a junior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, studies while perfecting her musical chops.

“I like school, I like science, I like doing that stuff,” Sky, who is also known by her middle name and alias Skylar Renee, said. “But, it’s not my passion. It’s nice to be in an environment where I can do both: singing and science.”

Sky released her first single, “Good As Gone,” with Hazan Records on iTunes in late July. Her music video racked up over 400,000 views on YouTube. Meanwhile, she’s taking chemistry at USC and finding time to finish her album which will be released next year.

“Right now I’m in organic chemistry, and that class takes so much time,” Sky  said. “But any second of the day I can spend singing or writing songs, I am. I’ll be studying, and I’ll come up with a song idea, and I’ll just go to the piano [to]do it.”

Sky, a Malibu native, found her passion for songwriting earlier than her love of science.

“I’ve been singing since I was a kid, just ever since I did karaoke once when I was 8,” Sky said. “Ever since then I’ve been singing in my free time. I was in choir, and I wrote lyrics. Every once and I while I would just come up with an idea and write it down.”

Though she was in choir in high school, she has had less institutional involvement in music at USC. Sky only recently declared her songwriting minor, and for the most part, she separates her life at school from her life in music.

“I feel like a lot of my life at USC does not have to do with singing just because I kind of ignored it in the first few years here,” she said. “I’m growing as a musician now and meeting more people through music.”

Sky works with a producer in Studio City and has also begun songwriting classes, which have helped her get feedback from music students at USC.

“It’s hard to find time to write songs and play during the school year,” Sky said. “I started taking a songwriting class which helped me make a scheduled time to write songs, show them to other people and get feedback.”

Sky  said she jams with a band in her free time, which helps connect her social life to her music life. Originally, she said, it was hard as a spring admit to originally connect the two.

“We’ll just chill and play, and I’ll just sing a random tune,” Sky said. “It’s fun to be in an environment with friends, doing what you love to do.”

Tunes like those come to Sky throughout the day, and because of her busy schedule, she grabs them on the go. She says her songwriting process is somewhat randomized.

“I’m inspired by a lot of things. I’m inspired by my own experiences and people and life and the world around me,” Sky  said. “Sometimes I’ll go on walks and a song idea will come to me. I take in my surroundings mostly. I could be doing any activity and a song will come to me, and I’ll grab a quick voice memo.”

Sky is hoping to finish her album by next summer so she can play shows in Los Angeles or elsewhere. Right now, she’s just excited for the future.

“I don’t like planning too much in advance,” Sky said. “You never know what’s going to happen. Right now I’m focusing on the music.”

 

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She started performing at the age of four with karaoke.By the age of six, Skylar Renee had won a contest for her performance of Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated”

in Montreal, Canada. And by the age of nine, the singer was working with vocal coach Ron Anderson to follow her passion. Skylar (Sky) grew up singing in musical theater groups and choir,

and composing her own songs.   “Music has always inherently been a part of my life,” Sky said.  I started singing at a very young age, and I’m told by my parents that the only thing that would stop me from crying as a baby was Cats’ the musical.” Fast-forward to today, and the 19 year old’s first single, “Good as Gone,” has garnered close to one million views on Youtube.

“after my single got so much attention on YouTube, I started working on other songs and hope to release a whole album in the near future,” Sky said of her goals.

but those goals also include school. The singer is on track to graduate from university of southern California next year as a health promotion and disease prevention major, along with a minor in both songwriting and natural sciences. “I think it’s important as an artist to have a strong mind as well as maintain a creative side,” Sky Said. “Songwriting keeps me sane, especially if I’m studying biochemistry– I think both (my) major and minor are helping me grow as a person. It’s not easy to write a great song or let go of your emotions as you sing; so for me,it’s kind of fun to be able to be both.”

When balancing feels a little difficult, she recognized that she is lucky to have support from her family and friends especially her sister.  More than anything, I love my younger sister, Scarlet who is now 12,” Sky Said. “I’m so happy I am in the same city for college so I get to see her often and watch her grow.”

This is probably why Sky Makes her way back home to Malibu, where she grew up. She finds her solace here. ” I like the diversity of living downtown but coming back home to Malibu is always a nice,relaxing break from city life,” Sky said.  ” I love Sunlife (Organics) and Malibu Yogurt is my obsession, and anytime I’m home you can see me at Starbucks in Cross Creek studying. Malibu is an incredible place to grow up….Every time I go home I realize how fortunate I am,” she said.

When not in school or working the singer can perhaps be out learning a new hobby or skill.

“I have a newfound love for skateboarding, so I was very happy when Rick Scott, the director of my new song, ‘Unfamiliar Ending,’ decided to have me skateboard in the music video,”

Sky Said.  or, perhaps, Sky can be found following her other passion of volunteering and helping others. “I love meeting new people, and I find that on my adventures, you truly see how kind humans can be to another,” Sky shared.

She has spent time in Chiapas, Mexico volunteering for Operation smile (a charity providing free surgeries to children with cleft palate), and in Peru, where she helped professionals at Medlife (a nonprofit delivering aid via medicine and education to underprivileged children).

” These experiences marked me,” she said.  And while she lives in the moment and doesn’t over analyze the future, she knows “giving back” is in her path.

“I’m very much interested in the power of music ant the impact of music therapy for patients who have lost their memory, and I’m also very interested in the power of words in a song,” Sky noted

At the end of the day, she stays focused on reaching her goals.  “Every day, I add something to my music, whether it’s recording in the studio, filming a new video or just jotting down a new lyric–it’s a huge part of who I am which makes the final product something I’m really proud of and can’t wait for people to hear.”

 

 

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Skylar Renee is Making News

by Julie Wallach

Skylar Renee is making news. At the young age of nineteen, Skylar’s debut pop single “Good as Gone” has generated a remarkable following on YouTube, with almost 150,000 views in its first month, and was rated the number 2 pop song in Malibu on Reverbnation.

Skylar started studying with recording industry legend Ron Anderson and dedicatedskylar renee all of her free time to singing since the age of 10. Through Anderson, Skylar connected with producer/songwriter Eric Jackson and Storm. “Good as Gone” proves their work together to be a magical collaboration.

The single, with a blend of pop and singer-songwriter lyrics, played on 102.3 FM KJLH Radio and received positive accolades and praise. Fans of the song say, “You will be huge!” and “This song is killer and the video—major label quality.” While she has her own sound, Skylar was compared to Lorde, which Skylar considers an enormous compliment.

Tony Minas, a film director and photographer who works in the fashion and music industries, directed the video for “Good as Gone.” Tony said it was a pleasure working with Skylar.

A Malibu native, Skylar has an affinity for nature, which is a source of inspiration for her. Music is a spiritual outlet to her, and she feels connected to others and herself most deeply when she is engaged in songwriting, playing and performing. With an sabineear for melody and a heart filled with lyrics, Skylar writes her own music and songs. Eric, Storm and Skylar are currently working on a new single, which will be released in the coming month.

As dedicated as she is to music, Skylar is also serious about academics. As a full-time student at the University of Southern California, Skylar’s deep motivation, drive and focus puts her on a trajectory toward success.

Look for a full set of tracks from Skylar soon. In the meantime, follow her on Twitter @skylrrenee and visit her website at www.skylarrenee.com to download “Good as Gone” on iTunes.

 

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