René Marie started singing early, but she didn't decide to pursue music full-time until after she turned forty. A decade later, she picked up and moved to Denver, where she quickly became a valued voice on the scene. And now Donald Rossa, the brains behind Dazzle, would like to make sure that she's heard not just in this city, but around the world. He's proposing that Denver honor both jazz, an original American art form, and René Marie, an original artist, by having her perform her "Voice of My Beautiful Country" — which puts the lyrics of "America the Beautiful," "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" to different melodies, including that of "The Star-Spangled Banner" — at the Democratic National Convention this August. Hear, hear!