Shareese Renèe Ballard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The early twenty-first century saw several female pop/R&B singers emerge in the USA, such as Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, and Res, as record companies attempted to discover the next Lauryn Hill or Macy Gray. Res grew up with a love of classic soul via her parents record collection, but also gained an appreciation of more modern rock sounds while attending the all-girls Catholic college prep school, the Academy of Notre Dame. Res began taking singing lessons early on, and during her teenage years was singing Italian arias from operas. It was during her sophomore year at Temple University that an old friend of Res family (who was also an A&R assistant at Epic Records) heard her sing, and soon after, flew the young singer out to New York. Res turned down an offer to join Groove Theory as she wanted to make it as a solo artist. Her decision worked out, as she signed with MCA Records in late 1999 and began guesting on songs such as the title track from GZAs Beneath The Surface and Talib Kweli And Hi-Teks Too Late from Reflection Eternal. She then hooked up with songwriter Santogold and producer Martin Doc McKinney, who helped record her 2001 debut album, How I Do. The lead off single, They-Say Vision, gained immediate attention on MTV and the radio in the USA.
Over the next five years, Res continued touring and promoting her debut album. Although sales had not matched expectations, the album received a positive critical response and the respect of her peers. In the late 00s she toured as a support vocalist for Gnarls Barkley, and released the Internet-only album Black. Girls. Rock.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.