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RES Biography

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Genres: Electronica/Dance, Pop, Rap/Hip Hop, Soul/R&B

Shareese Renée Ballard, better known as Res (''reese'') is a female alternative singer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her music is an alternative mixture of soul, rock, and indie pop. She released her debut album, ''How I Do'', in 2001 featuring the first single "Golden Boys." In spite of the video's heavy rotation on VH1, the song was not a hit on radio. Later the same year, the second single from the album, "Ice King," was released. Like "Golden Boys," the song did not appeal to a mainstream audience and a video was never released for the single. In 2002 she released her third (and first hit) single "They Say Vision," which hit number one on the Billboard Dance chart and number 37 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales 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. Res did a remake of a Jefferson Starship song titled "Miracles" for the movie ''Maid in Manhattan'' (Starring Jennifer Lopez). Shortly after, she also became a poster child for Marc Ecko's "Ecko Red" clothing line and appeared in print advertising. After a near four years' hiatus she was called on to sing tour supporting vocals with Gnarls Barkley and is in the process of releasing her second album. She released a song on the ''Akeelah and the Bee'' (starring Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett) movie soundtrack called "To Empower."

As of July 2006, Res' album ''How I Do'' has sold 244,000 copies in the U.S. The album suffered from a combination of poor promotion and radio format identity crisis—it could not fit into either the Urban or Rock/Pop markets.

In 2009 Res planned to release ''Black.Girls.Rock!'', which should be a highly anticipated sophomore album. The album is described by Res as "more of a singer/songwriters album than my debut. Great, classic songs!" Res is currently seeking to distribute it globally. Res is currently working with Nicole, 1/2 of NinaSky on a mixtape called "A Box of Chocolates".

Res also had plans of releasing a collaborative album in 2009 with emcee Talib Kweli and Graph Nobel as Idle Warship. The album is titled ''Party Robot''. In June 2009, Idle Warship completed their first headlining tour throughout Europe. They performed to sold-out audience in Switzerland, Oslo, France and Germany. They plan to release a mixtape prior to the release of their debut album ''Party Robots!''