With Robin Barnes, music is ingrained into the very fabric of her being; it’s in her blood.
With a voice that is as powerful with a whisper as it is with a scream, Robin Barnes is here to stun audiences.
Her most recent release, Songbird Sessions, a tribute to New Orleans jazz music greats and inspirations, debuted at #5 on the Traditional Jazz Albums Billboard charts and #8 on the Current Jazz Albums charts.
The female jazz vocalist from New Orleans grew up in a household of musicians with her family’s jazz band, The Soul Heirs, and her cousin Dave Bartholomew (who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his role in producing early rhythm and blues songs), and she is honored to be the next generation of jazz music greats coming out of her city.
“Growing up, all the children at my church were encouraged to join choir,” says Robin. “The first mass after my mom made me join (yes, she made me), I was given a solo in ‘Ave Maria.’ I closed my eyes and sung my heart out and when I opened them, I only looked at my mother. She was crying along with the rest of the congregation. That’s when I realized how moving music was, and that I wanted to sing for the rest of my life.”
As Robin got older and mainstream music began to take hold, she began to marry the old and the new to create her own unique blend of funky jazz, soul and R&B. By captivating audiences with her renditions of popular songs and contemporary classics, she makes each show her own.
She’s appeared on ESPN, BET and been featured in Forbes, Southwest Magazine, Travel & Leisure, and Southern Living, to name a few. Robin was voted Favorite New Orleans Musician by New Orleans magazine, beating out other New Orleans jazz greats, and is a New Orleans Tourism Ambassador.