Rebecca Renee Olstead, better known as Renee Olstead, is an American singer and actor born June 18, 1989 in Houston, Texas to Rebecca Lynn Jeffries and Christopher Eric Olstead. Renee has acted since the age of 8, appearing in movies, commercials and TV shows. She has also recorded 5 jazz albums.
From 2002 to 2006, Renee Olstead played the role of Lauren Miller in the American comedy television series Still Standing telecasted by CBS telivision from September 30, 2002 onwards. She also played a small role in the 2004 comic film 13 Going on 30.
In 2004, Olstead released an album of traditional jazz covers under Warner Bros. Records. This album can be considered her debut album, as all of her previous releases had suffered from limited distribution. Olstead also performed during the Live 8 concert in Berlin on July 2, 2005. Renee Olstead recorded with American trumpeter & composer Chris Botti on his 2005 album To Love Again: The Duets, and appeared on the 2006 DVD Chris Botti Live with Orchestra and Special Guests. Renee Olstead’s talent and singing style have been compared to great jazz vocalists Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. Olstead's raw musical talent was discovered by veteran record producer & composer David Foster, who also played instrumental role in the production of Renee Olstead’s 2004 album. Olstead later appeared with David Foster on the syndicated talk-show The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Renee's album Skylark, produced by David Foster, was released in January 2009. The twenty-year-old actress currently stars as Madison in the teen focused ABC Family drama show The Secret Life of the American Teenager.