As a child of the South Bronx, Amun-Re’s mother tongue was the language of what many refer to as “soul,” “blues,” “gospel,” “jazz,” “rhythm & blues (r&b)…” It is more than musical genre, but a lifestyle, on and off-stage. For a child inhaling the air of such environment, the blaring enculturation was unavoidable – always in-your-face – weaved into the instinct, beginning in the womb. This is the musical heritage of Black Americana in general and the South Bronx in particular … colorful, rhythmic, pulsating to the tempo of a heartbeat … It is a mecca of some of the most universal music ever created. It runs through his veins.
Amun-Re describes the stage as the twilight zone in which he enters the surreal. His alter ego then takes the reigns, fixated on delivering a performance the audience will never forget. Regardless of lyrical or melodic content, it’s Black Americana music and Amun-Re is a master stylist in this arena.
“Singing is the zenith of all my callings,” says the song stylist. “It’s humbling to realize that Life chose me, of all people, to make such beautiful music with my voice that touches people so deeply. I perform for myself and when I return to Earth from Nirvana, it feels like the whole world was sneaking a peek at my secrets through the keyhole.”
Among his greatest influences are Aretha Franklin, Morgana King, Donny Hathaway, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Barbra Streisand, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, Phoebe Snow, Anita Baker, Al Green and several others.
His wide-ranging 5-octave voice has been described as “smooth – like crushed velvet,” “silky,” “earth-shaking”….
Amun-Re was born and raised in the South Bronx of New York City and now lives in Stockholm, Sweden. He’s lived in other cities as well: Durham, NC, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Las Vegas, Maui, East Orange, NJ.