Renelle West is a BMI-affiliated songwriter, vocalist, musician, teacher, editor, and published writer. She has been a musician/lead vocalist with a show band on the road, a teacher in high school and college, a writer for a marketing company, a freelance writer for magazines and newspapers, and a technical writer and editor in corporations. She has been a musician and speaker in New Thought churches since the early 1980's, performing for years at Unity of Melbourne and serving as Minister of Music at the Unity Church of Central Brevard in Merritt Island, Florida, and she has been guest speaker and performed her original music at the Center for Spiritual Living in St. Augustine. West's own eclectic life story is reflected in the songs she writes. With an undergraduate degree in English and a Master's in Education with a special emphasis in theater from the University of Kentucky, she taught English in high schools in Lexington, Kentucky, and in colleges in Kentucky and Florida. For two years she was an instructor of speech and theater at Kentucky State University. She has directed and acted in theater productions at Studio Players in Lexington and at Jenny Wiley State Park near Prestonsburg, Kentucky. Currently, she teaches online English classes for the University of Phoenix, edits books and articles for publication, and teaches voice and piano. Through the 1970's West sang and played keyboards, slide trombone, and banjo in a show band on the road. After her band left the road, she and her husband settled in Colorado Springs, where they worked at the Officer's Club at Peterson Air Force Base and in nightclubs in Old Colorado City. However, being settled wasn't a comfortable life style for West, so she went back on the road to perform at piano bars, restaurants, and night clubs,throughout the country for another two years. In the mid-1980's, West settled in Brevard County, Florida, where she worked as a vocalist/musician at piano bars, for dances for private parties and events, and in churches for weddings and funerals. She continued to perform for months at a time on the road, chalking up credits along the way for months at Hilton Head, South Carolina, and the Thousand Islands Resort in New York. As a published writer, her many articles in magazines and newspapers cover a broad range of topics. From her regular column in the Muzzleloader Magazine in the 1970's, she was known as the 'Erma Bombeck of Muzzleloading' for her humorous stories that made light of her band leader husband's adventures as a buckskinner that inadvertently made him a celebrity. For five months in the 1990's, she wrote all the articles, from cruise ships to bios, for the national award-winning Port Canaveral Magazine. Throughout the 90's, she was a technical writer in corporations and the director of publications in a marketing company. For more than 20 years, West has encouraged people to write their life stories and guided them through the process. She facilitates life story workshops and retreats, gives presentations on writing life stories, and facilitates life story writing groups. She is also a certified instructor of 'Creating Your Life,' a workshop that teaches participants how to apply the creative process to the creation of their lives. This course was developed by Robert Fritz, an internationally known author, and corporate consultant who has defined the process of creating. In September, 2004, after living in Melbourne, Florida, off and on, for nearly 20 years, West moved to Canton, Ohio, to help her family. While there, her CD, 'Spiritland,' was released in November 2004, and her CD, 'Face to Face; Meditations for Spiritual Guidance,' was released in December 2005. The latter features three of West's songs, along with spoken meditations by abundancy counselor, Paula Langguth Ryan. In Canton, West appeared as a guest on local TV for her original songwriting and performing projects. Her work was frequently noted in the newspapers, and she enjoyed popularity as an entertainer for major Senior events. She also wrote and directed a skit an arts event that was performed by the mayors of three Ohio cities and featured her original song, "I Stand for Canton." For several years, West's song, "Beautiful Woman," was the theme song for the annual Women's Hall of Fame banquet in Canton. Her recording of "Celebre" opens a movie, and her recording of her original, "Sunday Blessing" was used in a news segment on ABC's World News Now. West learned this when she received the royalty check from BMI providing the details. In the spring of 2008, West moved back to Melbourne, Florida, to be with her mother. Her Ohio send-off was a newspaper article praising her as a performer and songwriter. In September 2009, West once again moved, this time to St. Augustine to find new avenues for her music through collaboration with other musicians. West currently performs her music in churches, edits for an author, teaches voice and piano, teaches online English classes for the University of Phoenix, creates cartoons, and continues to write songs. She is recording the songs for her third album, "One-Way Conversations" to be released in early 2010. At the encouragement of some muzzleloader enthusiasts who remember her writings, West plans to create an audio book of her life with her band leader husband and the articles she published about him in the Muzzleloader Magazine.
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