Res (singer)

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Res
Birth name Shareese Renée Ballard
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genres
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2000–present
Labels MCA Records
Javotti Media
eOne Music
Website the1res.com

Shareese Renée Ballard, better known by her stage name Res /ˈrs/, is an African American singer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her musical style is a blend of indie pop, soul, and rock. She is currently involved in promoting and releasing her next solo project called ReFried Mac EP, produced by Philadelphia producer Tom Spiker. The Ep called ReFried Mac was released on October 29, 2013. She is also writing her next solo full length album called RESET, set for a 2014 first quarter single release.

Solo career[edit]

Res released her debut album, How I Do, in 2001 along with its first single "Golden Boys." Despite heavy rotation on VH1, the song did not catch on in radio play. "Ice King" (Remixed by Nas) emerged as the second single later that year but also failed to break through with radio audiences and no video was filmed. In early 2002, Res released the third single from How I Do, "They-Say Vision." The song and accompanying video were breakthrough hits and reached #1 on the Billboard Dance chart[1] and #37 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart. With the chart success of the single, the album entered the Billboard 200 for the first time.[2] A fourth single, "Sittin' Back," was also released, but did not enjoy the same success as "They-Say Vision."

Meanwhile, in 2002, Res appeared on a track with Tony Allen, Ray Lema, Baaba Maal, Positive Black Soul and Archie Shepp for the Red Hot Organization's compilation album Red Hot and Riot, a tribute to Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. Res also performed a cover of Jefferson Starship song, "Miracles" for the Jennifer Lopez movie Maid in Manhattan.

Res' career would hit a snag in 2003 when her record label, MCA Records, would be phased out by MCA Inc. and be absorbed by Geffen Records.[3] Years later, Res was released from her contract at her request after the label refused to release any further work despite paying her contracted label salary. After parting ways with Geffen, Res was called upon to model for Marc Ecko's "Ecko Red" clothing line and appeared in print advertising.

In 2006, Res recorded "To Empower" for the soundtrack of the drama film Akeelah and the Bee. She would then join Gnarls Barkley's St. Elsewhere tour providing supporting vocals while writing and recording material for her second album.

In 2009, Res released her second album Black.Girls.Rock! through digital media available on iTunes. The album features tracks originally recorded for her shelved Geffen album. Black.Girls.Rock! is described by Res as "more of a singer/songwriters album than my debut. Great, classic songs!" No other method of distribution has been secured. Res herself has funded a limited production run of vinyl pressings for sale at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles as she begins a grassroots campaign for the album to be carried in independently owned record stores.

On February 14, 2011, Res released a "mixtape" of unreleased demos and remixed songs titled A Box of Chocolates after the iconic Forrest Gump quote. The digital-only album is mixed by DJ NI** Sky (Nicole Albino of Nina Sky) and features a blend of music from multiple genres of music. The album is intended as a Valentine's Day gift to her fans as they await a proper release of Black.Girls.Rock!.

In 2013, Res signed with Javotti Media/EOne Records and is releasing two projects. The first project released is titled ReFried Mac. It is a 5-song EP of Res' favorite Fleetwood Mac songs, digital release only. This is slated for an October 29, 2013 release. She is currently in the studio writing and producing her next full-length album as well as writing for other artists. The tentative title is Reset.


Social networking presence[edit]

Res is very active in several forms of social media. She uses these sites to keep her followers informed of performances, public speaking appearances, and current progress on projects through her aliases "resfans" on Facebook, "@the1Res" Twitter, "theoneRES" on YouTube and @Res on Pintrest.

Idle Warship[edit]

In 2009, Res joined long-time collaborator and emcee Talib Kweli to form a hip-hop/electro duo known as Idle Warship. They have released a few teaser tracks online including a song named "Steady" that borrows from '80s classic "Sunglasses At Night" by Corey Hart. In June 2009, Idle Warship completed their first headlining tour through Europe. They performed to sold-out crowds in Switzerland, Norway, France and Germany. Idle Warship has produced a mixtape called Party Robots made available for download in October 2010 available from Res' official site. Idle Warship just finished their debut album Habits of the Heart, released November 1, 2011. The first single from this debut, "Laser Beams" is produced by DJ Khalil and The New Royales.

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums

  • 2001: How I Do (MCA Records)[4]
  • 2009: Black.Girls.Rock! (currently unavailable—only 1000 copies printed and offered on Res' official site)
  • 2011: Habit of the Heart (Blacksmith Records/Fontana)
  • 2013: ReFried Mac Ep (digital only, Javotti Media/EOne Records)
  • TBA: Reset (Javotti Media/EOne Records)

Compilations

  • 2010: Party Robots Mixtape (Idle Warship)
  • 2011: A Box of Chocolates (digital only, available on Res' official site)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "They-Say Vision - RES". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "How I Do - Res". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, Michael Alan (11 October 2012). "The Life and Times of Res". Village Voice. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "How I Do - RES". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 

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