Singer-songwriter Renee Jonas will be known to some people as a lead soloist in The Ten Sopranos. Jonas developed her singing skills growing up in northern New South Wales on 100 acres of subtropical rainforest with no TV or radio – singing developed as a way of entertaining herself.
Recently she returned to her alt-country/folk roots, and with great effect: she won the 2017 TSA APRA AMCOS New Songwriter of the Year Award; she was a finalist with 4 songs in the Songsalive Song Comp 2017 and a finalist in 6 categories of the 2017 ASA Awards including a Rudy Brandsma nominee and 8th place in the Open category.
It goes without saying that Jonas’s new single, ‘Don’t Say It if You Don’t Mean It’, has a lovely vocal – or perhaps it doesn’t, as moving between musical styles doesn’t necessarily come naturally. But you’ll hear on this song that Jonas has a beautiful tone that well suits her alt-country style and the lyrics on this tale of heartbreak. Her vocals are lushly layered to great effect, ensuring a song that will get under your skin.
Watch the video below: