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René Marie: I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Eartha Kitt)

“Presenting a program in tribute to the late Eartha Kitt, René Marie pretty much reduced her audience to stunned, delighted silence. That is, when people weren’t cheering her, leaping up, or clamoring for yet another delectable morsel” (The Times-Picayune, New Orleans). René Marie has won ardent accolades and a Grammy Award nomination for the emotional intensity she evokes in such Kitt hits as “I Wanna Be Evil,” “Let’s Do It,” “Santa Baby” and “Peel Me a Grape.” “It’s swinging stuff, intelligently pitched, and naughty but nice for sure” (Marlbank).

A fierce, independent songstress” (

“One of the most arresting and complex vocal personalities performing today” (AllAboutJazz)

Spivey Hall Friends Concert Sponsors: Mary Jane Robertson and James A. Clark


René Marie's tribute to the musical spirit of the divine Eartha Kitt, "I Wanna Be Evil"

René Marie 'C'est Si Bon' (teaser)

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