Chris Blackwell is a writer, producer, arranger, master engineer, vocal teacher and multi instrumentalist with 35 years of experience. Though a native of Charleston, Chris has been living and working in New York and Atlanta producing, mixing and mastering music in various recording studios for the last 25 years. Happy to be back in Charleston, producing, mixing and mastering original music for local singer songwriters. Chris also plays drums and guitar live to help these artist showcase their music.

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Has been crafting her percussive, finger-picking style since she picked up the 12-string in 1972.

It takes Courage to make the Choice to Change and live your Truth!” - Rene Russell

2019-Chosen to write new song for
& perform at their annual concert at the Gaillard Center in 8/2019.
2018- formed Rene Russell & The Bottom End, playing her original music.
On October 18, 2017, Rene Russell performed for TEDxCharleston, at the Charleston Music Hall.
In October 2016, she was selected to perform at the "Blast on the Bay Emerging Talent Showcase" in Port St. Joe, FL and won 1st Place.
2015- her song "Who We Really Are" was winner of "In Search of A Song", that same year Women of Substance Radio began regularly playing her songs and she performed at the "30-A Songwriter's Festival" in Ft. Walton Beach, FL.
In 2011/2012 she was a co-host for BalconyTV Charleston/Behind the Scenes.

Owner-Change Your Brain Music, LLC

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Kris Manning

Kris Manning is a percussionist with over 35 years’ experience playing music. From rock, country and blues to classical and world, That Girl Drummer happily plays it all. Her background includes a Percussion Performance Degree from the University of Connecticut and Music Composition Studies from the Hartt School of Music. She has toured Russia with John Beck and 13 percussionists from the Percussive Arts Society. She has also studied marimba with Leigh Howard Stevens.
Kris specializes in hand drumming, drum set, orchestral percussion and mallet instruments. She currently gigs in Charleston, SC with various bands, the North Charleston POPS and co-owns Black Tie Music Academy, SC’s largest privately owned music school.

Co-Owner, Black Tie Music Academy
Music Instruction & Instrument Sales
Co-Founder, The Music Battery 501c3
Taking the Beat to the Street



Rob Nance is a guitarist, Bassist and vocalist from the lowcountry. Rob is a former music teacher and received his B.A. in Music Composition and Theory from the College of Charleston. Rob has performed with various local bands over the last 30 plus years. However, he is most proud of being the father of two great sons. Rob is excited to be back on the Charleston music scene playing bass with Rene Russell and the Bottom End.