Crimson Chrysalis is a South African female rock artist currently living in Pretoria.
She has been in the music industry for quite sometime, but used to perform under the name “René”.
She made a total directional change, and went from the Afrikaans acoustic-rock genre to neo-classical rock.
She grew up in Bloemfontein, and completed the Unisa grade 1 piano exam already at the age of 5. She got her first guitar at the age of 8, and started giving guitar lessons at the age of 12. The guitar is still her leading, and favorite instrument. Her high-school band, QT2, won numerous competitions – they had three of their original compositions in the top 10 of OFM stereo’s first national songwriting competition. The listeners voted two of the songs in 1st and 2nd place.
She has worked with many top musicians and producers in South Africa, and released two albums. The first one was through PolyGram (now Universal) in 1996, and her last album, “Die verkeerde kant van reg”, was released in 2003 with Jürgen von Wechmar, from Sunset Recording Studios in Stellenbosch, as producer. She had an International publishing deal with Universal, but requested to be released from her contract with the release of the 2003 album.
Currently, she is in the final stages of pre-production for her EP (extended play of 6 songs), and they will start with the full production in July. Due to the size of the project, the EP and videos will only be released in September on the Internet. In the meantime, she’ll finish writing the rest of the material for the album that will be produced and recorded in Sweden. Negotiations will shortly start with the same producers that were responsible for the very successful “Hide from the sun” album of The Rasmus.