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Watch René Marie's exceptional NPR Tiny Desk performance

By Dave Herrera | Aug. 16, 2016 | 4:00 a.m.

René Marie's NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series performance was posted last week.  

If you didn’t catch it, she was fantastic. Seriously. Wow! Just wow!

Although Marie moved back to Virginia about five years ago, she will always going to be a prized member of Colorado’s jazz scene. And, as evidenced by her Tiny Desk performance, the Centennial State doesn't seem far from her mind.

She kicked off the performance with a mesmerizing rendition of “Colorado River,” a tune she was inspired to pen after meeting her now-husband when the two volunteered together during a KUVO pledge drive some years ago.

“I’m nervous,” declared Marie, as she related the story behind her song. If her vocally ability itself doesn’t completely sweep you off your feet, it’s a safe bet that her endearing charm will. 

She performs several tunes in the painfully short 20-minute segment, the most stirring of which is a song called “This is (Not) a Protest Song,” in which she sings delicately of loved ones living on the street and struggling with addiction and mental illness. 

So honest, so moving, so incredible.