Renard Poché is a multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer whose track record has earned him the reputation as one of the most inventive and multi-talented musicians to come from the city of New Orleans. He has worked with over 30 Grammy Award winners and has written, collaborated, recorded and/or performed on guitar, trombone, percussion, flute, recorders, bass or vocals with artists including Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock, Bono, Aaron Neville, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, The Indigo Girls, N’Dea Davenport (of The Brand New Heavies), Irma Thomas, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, Fred Wesley, George Porter, Jr., Zigaboo and others.
Poché’s body of work in film and television includes a featured guitar performance that appeared on the 2010 season finale of HBO´s “Treme.” Poché’s guitar work is also featured on composer Terence Blanchard´s soundtracks for the films BarberShop and Dark Blue His percussion work can be heard on the film his Year´s Love. As a songwriter/producer, Poche´s original compositions have found their way to places as diverse as BET’s Movie of the Week and the TaeBo Workout Video, as well as on select cable TV soundtracks. Poché’s CD, 4U 4Me, further demonstrates his range of talents, including arranging/engineering/spoken word and performing on his non-stage instruments – drums, trumpet and keyboards. On the CD and in his live performances, Poche puts his old school, new school, no rules approach into practice.
Although his music is primarily in the funk/soul genre, he frequently integrates his sound with other genres to create a fusion of funk with Latin, rock, pop and hip-hop. With decades of experience in the music arena, Renard Poche is the embodiment of the past and present, and plays an important role in the future of funk/soul music and the New Orleans sound.