Soul Saving Sensation of the Sawdust Trail Receives Stockings old time religion
At six years of age Renee was playing trumpet and singing in Chinese. She sang gospel accompanied by her father, former prize-fighter Jack Martz on Trombone in Australia. By age 7 she claimed to have saved 6,000 souls and was able to sing "in Eskimo." She was formally ordained as a minister at age 12 in North Carolina, at which time her father/manager called her "the soul-saving sensation of the sawdust trail." She traveled in her father's Cadillac covered with painted details. "Taking time out from her pulpit duties, juvenile evangelist Renee Martz, 13, registers a happy surprise upon receiving her first pair of nylon hose. The young minister has been across the United States 25 times and has been preaching for the last six years." Six years later she was performing on Rock and Roll shows in England.
Renee Martz Original Press Photograph, 1953 Collection Jim Linderman