Reportedly, her musical talent was discovered by composer David Foster, who produced her 2004 album. She later also performed with Foster on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
A follow-up album entitled Skylark, also produced by Foster, was originally announced for release in 2005, but it was subsequently pushed back several times, with release dates in the summer of 2006 and early 2007 being mentioned on online retailers such as Amazon.com.
It was then scheduled for a June 2008 release, but was delayed once again. It was finally released on January 27, 2009, nearly four years after it was originally announced.
On September 14, 2011, as the result of a criminal complaint initially made by actress Scarlett Johansson, the FBI announced it was investigating the alleged hacking of celebrity cellphone and email accounts and the dissemination of explicit nude photographs of Johansson and around 50 other celebrities, including Olstead.
As a result of the investigation, Christopher Chaney, 35 of Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested last October. Prosecutors are seeking $160,000 restitution to victims ($76,000 for Olstead herself) in addition to a 71-month sentence.
Olstead is a vegan. She appeared in a PETA ad, Fish Are Friends Not Food, urging her fans to go vegan. In 2012, Olstead joined PETA’s campaign to free the elephant Mali from captivity at the Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden where she has been alone for the last three decades.
In 2013, Olstead starred as Kaitlan in the supernatural thriller The Midnight Game.
Stone Country (2000)
By Request (2002)
Renee Olstead (2004)
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (soundtrack) (2004)
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (soundtrack) (2008)
A Tribute to Billie Holliday (various artists) (2009)
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