STOUT (Denise Renee), a singer born and raised in New Haven, CT began her musical endeavor at the age of 3 in her great grandmother’s basement church. She began playing the drums for church service, then moved to singing in the children’s choir. The passion for performing became a constant motivating force.
She went from performing at local church concerts, musicals, and services to landing a job as a backing vocalist for Alicia Keys, from 2003-2006.
She toured the world with Alicia, and has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Missy Elliot, Gwen Stefani, Usher, Lenny Krantz, John Mayer, Childish Gambino, Two Chains and more. She has recorded with many artists including John Legend, Harry Connick Jr, Alicia Keys, Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles, J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise, and more. STOUT has performed on legendary shows like OPRAH, MTV awards, Billboard Music Awards, Grammy’s (2005, 2017), The Dave Letterman Show, Jay Leno, Ellen, Jimmy Fallon, American Music Awards, and others.
In 2015 she released her debut album “Awakened” under her former artist name “Denise Renee”. The album charted #11 on the Billboard Gospel Charts. In 2016 she began performing, vocal directing and contracting for the multi-talented Childish Gambino. She performed on Jimmy Fallon, The 60th Grammy Awards, Radio City Music Hall, and more, with this incredible artist! In 2017 she joined Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles and the STOUT revolution began! She’s been touring the world with this band, spreading love, freedom, and electrifying music.
After supporting artists, while juggling parenthood and her artistic pursuits, she stepped out on her own and launched her solo career. In 2018 she released her debut single “Queen” (written, arranged, produced by STOUT, with co-production by producer / artist, Dane). With the release of her singles, and EP she began to generate a buzz in the music industry as a powerhouse vocalist and performer. She incorporated all she has learned and poured it into her debut album, “Anomaly”, released in June 2021.
Her live performances have been imprinting the heart and soul of audiences across the U.S. and beyond. She leaves her heart on the stage.
In Summer 2022 STOUT brought the heat with her brand new dance singles,“Party” and, “Energy Remix”, while also blazing stages across the country with legends like Chris Dave, Robert Glasper, and more.
2023 is sure to be a major year for this electrifying artist!