Renée Rebecca Geyer (born 11 September 1953) is an Australian singer who has long been regarded as one of the finest exponents of jazz, soul and R&B idioms. She had commercial success as a solo artist in Australia, with "It's a Man's Man's World", "Heading in the Right Direction" and "Stares and Whispers" in the 1970s and "Say I Love You" in the 1980s. Geyer has also been an internationally respected and sought-after backing vocalist, whose session credits include work with Sting, Chaka Khan, Toni Childs and Joe Cocker.
In 2000, her autobiography, Confessions of a Difficult Woman, co-written with music journalist Ed Nimmervoll, was published. In her candid book, Geyer detailed her drug addictions, sex life and career in music. She described herself as "a white Hungarian Jew from Australia sounding like a 65-year-old black man from Alabama". She spent more than ten years based in the United States but had little chart success there. Geyer returned to Australia in the mid-1990s and her career has continued into the 21st century with her 2003 album, Tenderland, which peaked at #11 on the ARIA albums charts.
In her early days she made a semi-prog album whose artist name was Sun (1972). Subsequently she made a string of interesting albums in the 70s period which starting in the ssw tradition with a ton of cover versions moved on to the more natural bluesy pop style she was clearly most adept at. Her best work without a doubt under the moniker of "Renee Geyer Band" was Ready to Deal (1975), to me, really a masterpiece of excellent songwriting with the influence of progressive, interesting and original songwriting in evidence everywhere and throughout. Her big radio hit the 'famous' Heading in the Right Direction, a classic 70s song I'm sure no one has heard here, actually has its own wikipedia page! (Incidentally, at Xmas time they usually solicit donations there and because I use them, though I will never admit it, constantly at work for quick reference, I always donate quite a bit of money. It's still free and it's still amazing and I hope, truly, it never ends.)
The last track of SUN:
From Ready to Deal:
Here you can see how a relatively conventional funk-blues composition has been beautified with some interesting chords and a highly unusual bridge. Well done-- the kind of crafty pop gem rarely heard today.