Summertime: Renee Olstead Live! in Manila

“I really love it here. I really feel like everyone that I met was so wonderful and friendly,” opens the sultry songstress Renee Olstead in her press conference at the Edsa Shangri-La, Manila yesterday as she promotes her upcoming dinner concert entitled “Summertime.”

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She’s an American actress,  recording artist and  singer who’s best known for her roles in the TV sitcoms “Still Standing” as Lauren Miller and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” as Madison Cooperstein. It’s her 5th visit to the Philippines. “What keeps me coming back is the people; everyone that I’ve met has been so welcoming. I just really love spreading the music, I think that’s so important. My kind of music isn’t as popular everywhere as it is here. The people here really have the love and respect for this kind of music and I felt that so much.”

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Her musical talent was discovered by composer David Foster, who produced Renee Olstead’s 2004 self-titled album with pop standards and jazz songs for Warner Bros. Records. She subsequently performed in Berlin during the “Live 8” concert on July 2, 2005, recorded with trumpeter Chris Botti on his 2005 album “To Love Again: The Duets” and appeared on the 2006 DVD “Chris Botti Live.” Her singing style is influenced by great jazz vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. She enthralls music fans with her jazz anthems and pop tunes, rendered by her melodic voice.

Renee Olstead: Summertime Dinner Concert

Edsa Shangri-La, Manila and Laurel Media usher in the summer season with international recording artist and young jazz diva Renee Olstead in “Summertime,” an exclusive dinner concert performance at the Isla Grand Ballroom, Edsa Shangri-La, Manila on 29 Mar 2014, Saturday. This concert is a part of International Women’s Month celebration.

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Fall in love with Renee Olstead’s special rendition of timeless compositions “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” and “Summertime” among other chart-topping hits. “I’m so excited! There will be a lot of songs that you can sing-along to and new songs as well,” says Renee.

For ticket inquiries or reservations, please call (63 2) 633 8888 ext. 2895 or email or Laurel Media at 0935-545-2722 / 986-0373 or email

Tickets at Php 6,000 | Php 5,000 | Php 4,000 | Php 3,000

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 Renee Olstead: The Summertime Musical Escape

Make a musical escape and avail special room rates starting at Php11,000 net inclusive of overnight accommodation, two (2) tickets to the 8pm dinner concert at Isla Ballroom, and breakfast at HEAT for two (2). Promo valid until March 29, 2014. Call (02) 633 8888 ext. 9910 for reservations. Visit Shangri-La Manila on Facebook for more details.

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Merk’s Place at E’s Bar Opens in EDSA Shangri-La Manila

Merk’s Place at E’s Bar officially opens in the EDSA Shangri-La Manila yesterday. The fact that jazz is currently thriving in all corners of the city, it is rewarding to discover a place with renowned artists, classy space and the reputation as one of Manila’s most distinguished jazz venue.Renee Olstead Summertime (1)

The new Merk’s Place is situated on the second floor of the grand Edsa Shangri-La, Manila. Mr. Richard Merk, the owner and CEO of the said intimate jazz bar has been very thankful for Edsa Shangri-la in providing them their new spot. “And in this venue performs the Sticky Band every Saturdays with Emcy Corteza, Jacqui Magno and yours truly. On Friday, we have Judith Banal with Power Play band,” invites Richard Merk. Renee Olstead and Annie Brazil performed on its opening night.

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Great jazz venues usually has great wine selections, vintage champagnes and premium spirits while guests were captivated by soulful performances, impressive solos, open mic sessions and and improvisations from jazz fans and enthusiasts.

Come to Merk’s Place at E’s Bar in EDSA Shangri-La Manila! Entrance is through a purchase of a consumable ticket at P1,000 to spend on food and drinks. Seating is first-come, first-serve. Get half price on drinks during the Happy Hour every day from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more details, call (0917) 819-1136 or

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