Renee Olstead sings in the summer

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Despite cloudy skies this week, American jazz artist Renee Olstead is set to brighten up the concert scene with Summertime, her second solo outing in the Philippines which takes place at Edsa Shangri-La Manila’s Isla Ballroom this evening.

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At a press huddle on Wednesday, the 24-year-old singer said she was very excited to perform for the Filipino audience again, who came in droves for her first Manila concert in August 2013 at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati.

Also known as an actress for her role in the US TV series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Olstead’s music in turn was made popular in the country by jazz FM radio station 105.9.

“I love the people and the culture here, and it’s great to find that Filpinos love jazz music too,” the artist enthused.

She added she was looking forward to having a sing-along with the audience again, especially her play list of “greatest artists” revivals, among them, “Hit the Road Jack,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “What a Difference a Day Makes,” “Sentimental Journey,” “When I Fall in Love,” and “What a Wonderful World,” among others.

Of course, the evening’s most awaited song will be “Summertime,” the concert’s title and Olstead’s Grammy-nominated hit single from her debut album.

Starting out in Hollywood as a child actress at age eight, Olstead singing talent was discovered by David Foster in the early 2000s, and has since produced two of her albums, the self-titled Renee Olstead (2004) and Skylark (2006).

A passionate artist, who feels she can express herself more in singing rather than acting, lists Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn as her music influences.

Summertime with Renee Olstead is presented by Edsa Shangri-La, Manila and Laurelmedia.

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