Shareese Renèe Ballard, in Pennsylvania in 1978.
Res (pronounced 'reese') grew up listening to her parents Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Teddy Pendergrass albums at home. She also developed an appreciation for groups like the Eurythmics and Pearl Jam while attending the Academy of Notre Dame, an all-girls Catholic college prep school, from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Res remembers finding her lifelong passion for music at the age of seven, when she was first enrolled in voice lessons.
A Record Deal:
While in her second year at Temple University, Res started working on songs and signed with a manager. She declined Epic Records' offer to join the band Groove Theory, then began shopping her demo to various labels before ultimately signing with MCA in August 1999. She eventually relocated to Manhattan, and began working on the mixture of soul, hip-hop and rock songs that eventually became her first album.
Res' debut album, "How I Do," was released in 2001 featuring the first single, "Golden Boys." Later the same year she released her second single "Ice King," which like "Golden Boys," was not a hit. In 2002 she released her third - & first hit - single "They-Say Vision" which hit number one on the Billboard dance chart and no. 37 on the Hot 100 Singles chart. With the success of the single, the album entered the Billboard 200 for the first time. A fourth single, "Sittin Back," was also released.
After a four year hiatus, Res is currently set to release her sophomore effort through Geffen Records in 2006.
The Last Word:
"I could sing R&B if I wanted to and it would be kinda nice, I think, but that's not me. I mean it's music, you know? Just do what makes you feel good." -- Res.