No Sinner fronted by Colleen Rennison ( No Sinner backwards) is a force of nature, a postmodern blues belter and queen of soul, a hard-singing, hard-loving, hard-drinking, hard-working throwback to those she grew up listening to, including Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Big Mama Thornton, and Bessie Smith.
The band release its debut 9 track mini album ‘Boo Hoo Hoo’ on January 17th 2014 via Mascot Label Group/Provogue records/Warner Music Finland.
Rennison’s career began as a child actor in the Canadian indie film Max in 1994 at the tender age of six, which is about the time when she first started singing as well. She appeared in various movies and TV series including The Sentinel and Stargate SG-1. She studied drama at New York’s famed Circle in the Square. More recently, she appears and sings in the 2013 indie film Down River, which has been getting critical acclaim at film festivals.
On returning to her hometown, Vancouver, Colleen started writing with Parker Bossley (formerly of Hot Hot Heat) and joined up with future band members Campbell and Browne, for a weekly Thursday night residency at Guilt and Company, a new club in Vancouver's Gastown district. “I honed my chops, my stage confidence, my style and versatility,” explains Colleen. “I also learned to play with other musicians.”
Known for appearing in a T-shirt and cut-off jean shorts, Rennison’s larger-than-life, whiskey-swigging, last of the red-hot blues mamas is no act, even though it takes the stage to fully come alive. “I may have started acting first, but music was always first and foremost to me,” she explains. “Acting accesses a totally different part of my creativity. It would be an absolute blessing to be able to do both. Right now, music is my priority.”
“It’s a consistent theme in my life to negotiate between being animals and yet righteous,” explains Rennison. “How we need a healthy dose of both good and evil in our lives. Music itself is very much a medium between us and the spiritual world. The things we express in our songs run the gamut from sinful to celestial.”
View the promo video of Boo Hoo Hoo here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIhDILaxLxw