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Artist of the day: Renee and the Translators




Orlando Calling might be the biggest new music festival in Florida, but organizers aren’t overlooking the little guys. There are plenty of talented Orlando groups lined up to perform Saturday and Sunday at the Citrus Bowl. We’re spotlighting a few of them all week. Today: Renee and the Translators.

Even if you’ve never heard of Renee and the Translators, you might be familiar with part of their story.

In 2006, a young Orlando-area resident named Jamie Tworkowski wrote a story about a teenager named Renee Yohe who struggled with addiction, depression and self-mutilation before attempting suicide. Before she entered treatment, a network of friends rallied around her for moral support. Inspired by their actions, Tworkowski founded To Write Love On Her Arms, a nonprofit group aimed at helping teens and other young people deal with issues like Yohe’s. Today, To Write Love On Her Arms is a popular, prominent charity in the Warped and indie rock worlds, especially among Christian-leaning artists.

The inspiration behind To Write Love On Your Arms was, and remains, Renee Yohe. She has become a motivational speaker and author, and a film based on her life, starring Kat Dennings and Chad Michael Murray, is due in 2012. And she recently started a band, the Translators.

“I’ve shared myself through writing and speaking for several years,” she wrote online, “but as my story continues I’ve found new outlets, and a new perspective. I’ve found I need to give to myself. My heart tells me they best way to do that today is to sing.”

Renee and the Translators may be a new group, but the little music they’ve released is lush, dreamy indie rock in the vein of Mazzy Star (Far Far Away). Yohe’s prominent, if still somewhat anonymous, place in the Florida music world helped earn them a place on the Orlando Calling stage. Look for them at 3:25 p.m. Saturday on Stage 4. Click here for the full Orlando Calling schedule.

[Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 10:17am]


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