Àngela Lisa Winbush was born January 18, 1955 in St. Louis, MO.
She got her start singing at an early age at Temple Church of Christ, the church founded by her grandparents Bishop Austin and Sister Selena Layne in St. Louis, MO.
With a passion for design and architecture Àngela enrolled at the historic Howard University in Washington, DC as an architecture student. It was while at Howard she began singing for money to help support her college education.
With her singing roots still deeply and firmly planted in the church she started singing with Richard Smallwood at Union Temple Baptist Church. She also began performing with friends in a group. They called themselves, "Hot Tea".
Performing with Hot Tea gave her exposure to the music industry as she and her friends began traveling around the country and opening for major performers. During this time Àngela began doing background vocals for different music artist.
By 1977 Àngela realized her passion was music and changed her major from Architecture to Music Education. Soon after, she recorded her first demo and began shopping it to major labels. Although she was not successful in landing a record deal her demo was instrumental in landing her a job singing background for one of the most successful artists at that time, Stevie Wonder. As a member of Wonderlove Àngela soon became Stevie's protégé and learned the ends and outs of the record industry including writing and arranging.
In 1979 while on a gig singing with Stevie Wonder Àngela met Rene' Moore. Eager to land a record deal the two decided to team up as a duo and formed René & Àngela. In 1980 they released their first album self-titled "René & Angela". Two more albums followed with songs that became moderate hits which included "I Love You More" and the R&B ballad "My First Love" which peaked at number twelve on the R&B chart. In 1985 after leaving Capitol Records René & Àngela signed with Mecury releasing their fourth album, "A Stree