Jeremy Renner Surprises Reno's Homeless, Helps Thanksgiving Volunteers (Reno Gazette Journal)

It doesn't take a superhero to help the homeless, but it's sure nice when one shows up. 

On Thanksgiving Day, several hundred volunteers worked to bring 1,600 meals to Reno's homeless population for the fifth annual Harvest of Hope event. 

One of the volunteers was Jeremy Renner, known on the silver screen as Marvel Comics superhero Hawkeye. 

"He could have been anywhere on Thanksgiving, and he was on the streets of Reno giving back," said Chase McKenna, founder of Harvest of Hope. "He was just a father with his daughter." 

Photo by Chase McKenna

Renner for more than three hours delivered warm clothing and blankets as well as gourmet meals of turkey, stuffing and green beans on the streets of Reno, near the Truckee River and at Fourth Street motels. The meals were cooked and prepared by local chef and restaurateur Mark Estee, staff from his restaurant Liberty Food and Wine Exchange and other volunteers, McKenna said. 

"The homeless people ate better than I've ever eaten on Thanksgiving," McKenna said. 

Renner, who has owned a home in Washoe County for the past four years, occasionally appears in Reno to enjoy the city that has so readily welcomed him, and also to support local causes. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office last year dubbed him a special deputy sheriff due to his support of local law enforcement. 

"He does a lot of stuff behind the scenes that nobody sees," said Tim Doss, who is friends with Renner and volunteered to assist Harvest of Hope.

Doss is starting the Reno Hope Bus, a bus that will directly deliver goods to homeless people. 

Photo by Tim Doss

Renner heard that Doss was helping in the Thanksgiving Day effort and asked to join with his daughter, Ava, and other family and friends. On Thursday morning, Renner brought two boxes full of blankets and delivered them, as well as other goods, to people at area motels and homeless camps.

 

Photo by Tim Doss

"The homeless were freaking out. He was out there hugging people, taking pictures with people. He was worried his daughter might become bored, but she looked at him and said, 'This is really fun.' He's a great dad," said Doss. 

Renner's daughter helped hand out mittens and blankets as well. 

Renner tried not to steal the focus of the day, McKenna said, though inevitably many of the volunteers and those receiving donations wanted to steal a photo with the "Avengers" star.

One volunteer, Kevin Wilfon, said he was giving high fives to children who were helping prepare meals at Liberty Food and Wine Exchange. 

"I didn't recognize him at all at first," said Wilfon, who owns a comic-themed coffee shop, Coffee n' Comics. 

Overall the day was a great success, said McKenna, who started Harvest of Hope out of her own kitchen five years ago by preparing a homecooked meal for 53 homeless people.

This year, the team of volunteers delivered 1,600 meals, thousands of articles of clothing and blankets and Kindness Kits, which included basic hygiene items, bottles of water and positive, handwritten notes. 

"We don't want anyone to feel left out," said McKenna, who requires volunteers not just to hand items to recipients, but also to ask their names. "It gets my volunteers to think about homeless in a different way so that we don't have a line, and it's not like, "Next, next, next.

"My volunteers come back with all these stories. Many of these people have gone a long time without hearing their name, or saying their name."

She invited Renner to also participate in her next event, the Christmas Village and Toy Drive outside on the steps of the Lear Theater, 528 W. First St. from Dec. 13-15. Renner seemed very interested, according to McKenna. 

"I really just see him as another person," said McKenna.

Source: Jenny Kane at the Reno Gazette Journal

August 14, 2019 -- Jeremy Renner Launches Amazon Collaboration for the Outdoorsman -- and Yes, There's a Bow (People.com)

The actor curated a collection of sporting, camping and outdoor equipment he uses at his Lake Tahoe mountain lodge

Jeremy Renner’s new Amazon collaboration might have the cure for your Avengers: Engame withdrawal.

The 90-piece curated collection features an assortment of sporting, camping, and outdoor equipment, including everyday necessities, like Neosporin and a lantern, and fun splurges, like an archery target and a compound bow set — similar to the weapon Renner’s beloved Marvel character, Hawkeye, prefers.

“The only law in nature is Mother Nature herself so you want to be prepared,” the actor and outdoorsman, 48, tells PEOPLE of his collection (available today on amazon.com). “But there are also things that are just fun to have when you’re outside…things that you want.”

For Renner, who owns a peaked mountain lodge on Lake Tahoe, “these items are all part of life out there,” he says.

His cabin also provides the perfect escape from the hectic schedule of Hollywood, where the star says there’s often a constant stream of “people coming at me.”

“There’s an openness and serenity at Lake Tahoe,” Renner explains. “You kind of circle back to what you want and what you are when you’re there. Me walking into a movie theater in any city to go see Endgame wouldn’t be that type of environment.”

The breathtaking views surrounding Renner’s home — which he often shows off on Instagram — help him clear his head and feel centered.

“It’s the most majestic, beautiful, serene vistas and you’re about 8,000 feet up in elevation,” he says. “It’s nothing but nature and trees. You’re surrounded by some of the oldest living things on the planet. I love it.”

In July, the multi-talented entertainer launched a campaign with Jeep — and revealed that he didn’t always dream of being on film sets.

“My family was my first love, and then music,” he told PEOPLE exclusively at the unveiling of the campaign, which features several tracks sung by Renner. “Acting came into my brain around 20. Music has always been my first love as far as something other than my family.”

Renner certainly isn’t giving up acting any time soon, but the Oscar nominee says he’s finally comfortable releasing his musical work.

As for rumors he’s going to be dropping a full album someday soon?

“There’s a bunch of music written. That’s all I know,” he demurs. “There’s a bunch of music written, and that’s a future thing. I’m happy to share music now, which I wasn’t before.”

Source: Hanna Flanagan at People.com.  All photos by Joe Russo.

June 14, 2018 -- Jeremy Renner is About to Become Your Kid's Favorite Singing Avenger (Yes, Really) (USA Today)

by Brian Truitt

An interesting bit of trivia: The stars of Marvel’s Avengers are great at saving the world and stuff, but they’re also a surprisingly musical group. Robert Downey Jr. sang on Ally McBeal and has performed with Sting. Scarlett Johansson released two albums. Chris Evans has crooned both Don’t Stop Believin’ and Three Times a Lady onscreen. Tom Hiddleston played Hank Williams in a movie. You get the idea.

The next one to really step to the fore with his singing chops? Jeremy Renner, aka the Avengers' ace archer Hawkeye. Renner voices a fox named Swifty in the upcoming animated film Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad  and also wrote songs for the soundtrack.

“I’ve done music since I was 12, I just didn’t want to do it as a business,” Renner tells USA TODAY. “It’s not like I’m dropping an album or anything like that, (but it’s) a different type of music than I’d typically write, so I love that challenge.” (His songwriting prowess for Arctic Justice will also be the subject of a making-of documentary that's in the works.) 

Now, Renner going quasi-rock star shouldn’t completely surprise us. The star of the new action comedy Tag (in theaters Friday) performed an emotional ode to Hawkeye on The Tonight Show.  He belted a take of the classic American Pie in 2006’s Love Comes to the Executioner.  And he busted out an original ballad for the ladies of The View.

For Arctic Justice, Renner says the soundtrack features Motown-like tunes, a disco song and others that have a “Bruno Mars, cool band kind of vibe that makes you want to shake and dance and move around." If his 5-year-old daughter Ava is any measure, he's about to have a lot of kid fans. “She makes me listen to it on the drive to school every morning. It’s just a good happy feel.”

Another positive about doing some music on the side: It keeps Renner at home. “Doing a Mission: Impossible takes me away for nine months with Tom Cruise, who I love, but it doesn’t really help me be in front of my daughter,” he says. “She has no idea that I’m an actor or anything that I do or what I do. She knows me more as a musician than anything else.”

Arctic Justice will also act as introduction to her daddy’s film career. “It’s the first thing she can actually see that I do. She knows that I’m Hawkeye but she doesn’t know what the hell that means," Renner laughs. "I’m on her pajamas."

Source:  Brian Truitt at USA Today

Note:  The original article contains videos that can be seen in the music section of our video files.

July 9, 2019 -- Watch Jeremy Renner Perform as the Face and Voice of Summer of Jeep Ads: Exclusive (Billboard.com)

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Photo by FCA/Jeremy Jackson

Past Summer of Jeep artists include OneRepublic, X Ambassadors & will.i.am.

Jeremy Renner is best known for his Oscar-nominated appearances in The Hurt Locker and The Town and as the star of The Avengers, Bourne and Mission Impossible franchises, but his next leading role is on the small screen.

Renner -- and his music -- are the stars of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Summer of Jeep campaign, bowing Wednesday on television and online and premiering exclusively below. Renner joins past Summer of Jeep artists including OneRepublic, X Ambassadors and will.i.am.

A trio of Renner’s songs air in four Jeff Tomsic-directed commercials touting Jeep’s Grand Cherokee, Compass, Wrangler and Cherokee models. Renner appears in each ad, as well as performs.

While he's not stepping away from acting, Renner, who has played drums since high school and has also taught himself piano and guitar, is eager to spread his musical passion.

“Music is a wonderful personal form of expression to me, [initially] never to be shared,” Renner says, sitting on the patio of his Hollywood Hills home, nicknamed The Nest in a nod to his Avengers character Hawkeye. “It’s just something that I can sit at the piano and accompany myself and it's immediate. I don’t need a camera, I don’t need a script.”

Renner recorded a cover of The Animals’ “The House of the Rising Sun” a few years ago -- now up on Spotify, along with “Heaven (Don’t Have a Name)” with Sam Feldt -- and that led to his creating more of his own music and ultimately aligning with FCA. “They promote the heck out of their Jeeps,” he says. “Ultimately, there’s not a better platform in my mind.” Last year’s Summer of Jeep advertising campaign had a $25 million budget and this year’s is expected to match that.

His Jeep affiliation developed organically. Earlier this year, Renner provided the voice-over -- and very briefly appeared -- in a 90-second commercial for FCA’s Ram Trucks. Though they did not meet during the making of that ad, a few months later, Renner and FCA chief marketing officer Olivier Francois were introduced by a mutual friend.

“I was [in Los Angeles] because I was looking for what would be the anthem of the most important campaign of the year,” says Francois, who went to Renner’s home. “Jeep is maybe the most important brand we have, at least in the U.S., and our Summer of Jeep campaign is one where we tie together the spirit of freedom and adventure and Americana -- all the values of the Jeep brand -- with the feel of summer and with music.”

Unlike many of his competitors, Francois prefers to use previously unreleased music. He told Renner of his search, revealing he was seeking something anthemic -- “like Imagine Dragons meets Queen” -- when Renner asked to play Francois some of his own music.

“That can be a very embarrassing experience,” Francois admits, adding he has had to turn down music from top artists because it wasn’t the right fit. “So honestly, I was kind of reluctant to go in the studio with Jeremy because of that, and even worse, what if I fall asleep because I was so tired and jet-lagged” from flying in from Italy?

However, Renner’s rock music “blew me away,” Francois says, especially “Nomad.” “The sound was exactly what I was looking for. It’s authentic, it's American, it's rock 'n' roll, it's powerful.” Francois goes so far as to say that initially he was more interested in Renner’s music than Renner’s likeness in the ads, but then realized the potency of having both.

The commercials mark not only the first time an actor has performed his own music in an FCA campaign, they are also the first time one artist has had three songs used as part of a campaign.

“If you put all these media dollars on just one song, we are just going to saturate the space. People are going to be tired of it,” Francois says. "So the idea [is to] spread this media power over three or four songs -- the theme is the same, the brand is the same, the association is the same, but the storytelling is different, the music is going to be different.”

For example, in the Grand Cherokee spot, a disenchanted, tux-clad Renner leaves a swanky party to escape for some off-roading before pulling up to a packed roadhouse and performing. In the Wrangler commercial, he and his band trade in their tour bus for Jeeps as they head to a gig.

Just as Ram had, the Jeep brand resonated with Renner. “It’s not a minivan. That’s not going to work with this face,” he says with a laugh. “It’s known for being rugged.”

The commercials come as Renner, 48, segues into a different phase in his life. Renner felt driven to find a way to spend more time with his 6-year-old daughter, Ava, of whom he shares joint custody with his ex-wife. “I’ve done one movie in 30 years in town, and now that I have a baby, I can’t go to Botswana for nine months,” he says, as Ava brings him a slice of cake she made for Father’s Day.

Those who have followed Renner’s career know the music move isn’t as left-field as it may seem. Renner sang Crash Test Dummies’ “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” over Tag’s end credits“American Pie” in Love Comes to the Executioner and “Good Ol’ Rebel Soldier” in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. A website is devoted to his various music moments, including performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The View and at the Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival in Las Vegas. He also appeared in P!nk's "Trouble" video in 2010. 

As Francois notes, he was looking for “Imagine Dragons meets Queen,” and Renner’s foot-stomping “Main Attraction” fit that bill, while the jazzy “Sign” has more of an Amy Winehouse feel. “There’s only been two artists probably in the last 20 years that had any value to me: Amy being one of them and Adele being the other,” Renner says. “I like that type of music. It can lean into rock, it can lean into soul, but obviously it comes from a jazz background.” 

Tying in with the launch of the commercials, the three songs, co-written and produced by Eric Zayne, will be available via all major digital service providers starting Wednesday.

Additionally,  Renner has linked with iHeartRadio by curating a summer playlist, posted July 1, that includes a number of his songs. iHeartRadio has invited Renner to perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in September, according to Renner’s publicist, but he has not made any commitment to play live yet. Renner’s partner in his Record Street Music is MTV co-founder Les Garland.

Several of Renner’s songs, including “Nomad” and “Sign,” appear on the soundtrack for Arctic Dogs, an animated film coming this November in which Renner voices an arctic fox, alongside James Franco, Alec Baldwin and Anjelica Huston.

While Renner contemplates releasing an album and says he’d love for his songwriting to lead to more opportunities, he’s playing what comes next by ear. Referencing Hawkeye, he jokes, “It’s not like, ‘Hey, I dropped my bow and arrow. Here's my microphone. Check me out. Now I'm like Elvis!’ It's not about that,” he says. However, he admits he’s looking forward to seeing where this new chapter could lead. “This is a face that really gives zero fucks about most things in life, to be honest with you, but I’m excited. I’m nervous in the sense that there are some unknowns, but ultimately I don’t have any expectations.”

Source: Melinda Newman at Billboard.com

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