Renee Jury is a Brisbane-based jazz vocalist and indie singer/songwriter. She performs her original songs under the artist name December Baby. Having studied jazz voice at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Renee is quickly establishing herself as an emerging jazz singer, regularly singing at cafes, bars and restaurants for a range of events throughout Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast. Renee has performed in guest spots at Brisbane Jazz Club and Doo-Bop Jazz Bar, including with the well-known funk band Step It Up, and has performed her originals and pop covers at Brisbane venues such as The Milk Factory and The Green Owl. With a voice that ranges from deceptively sweet to soulful and soaring, audiences will enjoy the diverse influences in Renee's singing, ranging from traditional jazz, swing, bossa, blues and soul, through to modern pop, and R&B.
Renee successfully released her first EP, Beneath the Surface, in 2016, under the artist name December Baby, with music video for quirky single Jimmy Choos following in 2017. Her original music ranges from upbeat, quirky pop tunes, through to darker, more reflective musings. Her style is difficult to pin down into one genre, but is best defined as alternative pop, with instrumentation being predominantly focused around keys and guitar, though at times delving into other musical worlds, as heard in the electro-pop influenced choruses of Jimmy Choos. Renee's originals borrow elements from a range of styles including pop, jazz, folk and blues. She has been compared to artists including Feist, Lily Allen, Regina Spektor, and Fiona Apple, who she cites as influences, along with other singer-songwriters including Sara Bareilles, Aimee Mann and KT Tunstall.
Above all, Renee is a storyteller, with her lyrics coming straight from the heart and giving listeners a no-holds-barred account of her experience in the highs, lows and in-betweens of life that we can all relate to. Lauren Katulka of the Australian music blog, Sounds of Oz, has summed up the EP Beneath the Surface as follows: "On a casual listen, December Baby's music is poppy and pleasant. However, tune into the lyrics and as the EP's name suggests, there's a lot more going on beneath the surface."