About

Rene Rafael – Bio


To listen to Rene’s heart-felt personal story and get to know him on a more intimate level, scroll down to the bottom of this page after reading his bio.

If your musical appetite demands an intricate weaving of symbolic story-telling, visual saturation contrasted against complete darkness, bold requests yet humble expectations, and an underlying positivity that attempts neither to downplay nor sugarcoat the negative forces at play to be overcome, we’ve found the artist for you.

A cross between the philosophical lyrics of Pink Floyd, the passionate resistance of Nirvana, the multimedia story-telling of Nine Inch Nails, and the hopeful soul of Chris Cornell, visual vocalist Rene Rafael – Remnandt – gives voice to the important role that adversity plays in our lives.  Surviving a 26 year mental health mindslaughter, Rene reflects on the lessons learned during this timeframe and gratefully applies these to his new lease on life while seeking to improve the lives of his family, friends, and fans.    

What makes Rene so unique is his combination of technology and performing arts that have allowed him to deliver tailored messages in intimate settings across indie music, academia, corporate, and startup America. 

Rene has always had a passion for receiving and giving the gift of knowledge.  A firm believer in co-mentorship on both professional and personal levels, he has interactively engaged audiences across college campuses, corporate training, national education conferences, entertainment venues, and in his own living room with family.   Rene believes “you need to flexibly rock-and-roll between both mentor and mentee roles to succeed and enable success for others in life”.

Developer of multiple award-winning educational software, Rene has shared countless lessons learned while teaching classrooms and enabling students to reciprocate as his teachers.  “It all begins with developing a deep understanding of your true passion, its current obstructions, and then revolving solutions around these two.”  Rene’s passion is to inspire people to achieve the current impossible.  The obstructions are many.  His solution is a mix of inspirational-but-honest story-telling, intense lyric-driven vocal performance, and interactive music videos.

Author of several published papers on the convergence of technology and art, Rene is a proponent for the anti-divorcing of our left and right brains, and together with Paul Brant, won 2nd place in Dell EMC Proven Professional’s 2015 Knowledge Sharing competition for their collaborative paper and music video entitled A Day in the Life of an Application Developer.

Music entrepreneur and developer of mobile sound visualizations, Rene has served as the previous front man to the band Vintage and current visual vocalist at Remnandt ® Records with performances across local (Dayton, OH) and national establishments. Venues include the Dayton Art Institute where he and his children Zach and Zoe performed an interactive version of his music video and first single, Turbulent Tranquility.  One of 4 winners from the ~2000 vocalists competing for placement in the 2011 first-season of The X Factor(Audition, Interview), Cincinnati Fox 19 News advanced Rene and his Vintage bandmates to continue their passionate fight as finalists in Chicago’s Sears Centre Arena.  Representing Dayton in Chicago, Rene scored the coveted golden ticket on day 1 where he would advance to the final round and bring Vintage 1 ticket away from being scolded by Simon Cowell himself 😉

 

For more information, booking, or interviews, visit:

 

ReneRafael.com


 


Favorites

Values

truth, love, humility, faithfulness, adversity, perseverance, hope, gratitude, patience, compassion, asking questions, trusting answers 

TV & Movies

2001: A Space Odyssey, Burn Notice, Contact, The CrowDark Matter, ET, Expelled, Firefly, Flight of the NavigatorForest Gump, Indiana Jones (all), Interstellar, Logan, Lost, The Martian, The Matrix (all), Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, Minions (any), Saving Private Ryan, Serenity, Soaked in Bleach (Benjamin Statler/Tom Grant Documentary ), Space Race (BBC Documentary), Star Trek (many), Star Wars (most), The WolverineX-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: The Last Stand

Books

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel, The Case for Mars by Richard Wagner and Robert Zubrin, Cosmos by Carl Sagan, Contact by Carl Sagan, Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch The One Year Walk with God by Chris Tiegreen, The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo

Activities

Writing lyrics, recording music & music videos, collaborating on creative projects, camping with family, white-water wrestling, watching inspirational movies with my kids, weekend yard-warring, relaxing on the beach, staring into both earthly and cosmic oceans, conversing with God

Influences

Alice in Chains, Audioslave, Bush, Enya, Garbage, Lestat, Michael Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Poe, Pink Floyd, Richard Marx, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Tori Amos, U2

These brothers and sisters fed my hunger for intensity, adversity, melancholy, and hope.

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Personal Story

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“When you reach out to touch the world, may it never hurt you.” “Other people are going to find healing in your wounds. Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts.”
– Yolie Isabel Castro  – Richard Duane Warren

 

 

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Imagine being tucked into bed one summer night after a long happy day at play with your small troublemaker group of friends.

 

You guys had eaten lots of pizza, played rock the beehive, and went fishing in an alligator infested canal where you accidentally caught a pelican that you needed to reel out of the sky.  You had played ball at the nearby school park, written lyrics to a new song, and invented a language between you and your brother primarily used for stealthily double-pinching your sister and getting away with it.  To top things off, Spiderman showing up at your birthday party had just made you the coolest kid on your block.  “A fun filled day”, you think to yourself as a mischievous smile fades from your lips, your lids droop, and your creative day dreams become one with the night.

 

At age 9 you slowly fall asleep in the awesome bunk bed you had “helped” dad build … and then … you’re rudely awoken at age 35.

 

Try to make sense of the past 26 years.FROSTED FISHBOWL by Zoe & Dad Vogt-Lowell

Try to imagine the culminating dissociative sensation after having endlessly looked out at an enchanting world through frosted fishbowl walls to which you could never reach your arm far enough and wipe for a clearer view.

Frosted walls impaired not only sight, but also hearing, smell, taste, and touch.

A world with which your senses had never been able to fully interact was the excuse you had foolishly used all those years to further distance yourself from it.  You had retreated to and grown up in your own mind. You are realizing the error of this choice right now for the very first time.  Are you lonely, abandoned, overwhelmed?  Do you choose embitterment at a childhood robbed?  Do you find yourself having anxiously held your breath with the repetitive anticipatory internal anthem: one day I will …   These fishbowl walls protected you,  yes, but did they also render you unprepared for the real world to which you are now finally awake?  Your mental health is sharp to the point of paranoid oversensitivity but reborn nonetheless and excitedly ready to learn.  However, your physical health has deteriorated, as you are reborn into old age.

 

In April of ’84, I was listening to Michael Jackson’s Thriller in the backseat of my dad’s Chevy Blazer.  Until that night I had original tunes constantly bouncing around in my young mind.  However after my first gran mal seizure manifested during that song and my excitable head-banging to Thriller transformed into head-thrashing convulsions and gnashing of teeth, the music stopped and I slipped into a 26 year period of subsequent medicated cryosleep.

 

One might think that kind of experience would have made most folks quite the arse to everyone around them.  And admittedly, it did for a while – ask anyone, I’ve got way too many witnesses!  Strangely enough however and after surviving more situations than I deserve to have lived through, I find myself truly appreciating the new life that has been graciously offered me as a dad, husband, and extended “framily” member to those patient few.  This, despite the fact that I’m still sometimes very awkward in social situations, sometimes lack common sense, and sometimes very misinformed about things you should have learned during your teen years.  What can I say, sobriety since July 4 2010 really means I’m still a kid learning new tricks much of the time!

 

What came before this time were many prescribed drugs for many ascribed reasons – including ADHD.  What came after this time were many newfound responsibilities and dormant abilities – including frontman to the band Vintage, X-Factor finalist representing Dayton in Chicago, senior developer of award-winning educational software, speaker at many national education conferences, startup and corporate entrepreneur, mobile sound visualist, lots of pain, and a smattering of humbling experiences that helped shape the order of my priorities: God, family, everything else.  I wouldn’t change a thing. It made me who I am: sensitive to others and compassionate towards the human condition.

 

I spare the rest of my bio details for my lyrics.  Stories excite me more when they’re lived through songs than when read from books so I’ll go muse these now, ~ 40 years of material to cover.  So that’s my short story.  I hope to unleash longer ones in therapeutic doses on any that stand to benefit from my life hiatus, pain, & joyful moments.  I’m benefiting from it retrospectively.

 

Hi, my name is Rene.

Thanks for sharing in this unfathomably hopeful ride.

 


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