Robin Barnes: Voted 2016’s Favorite New Orleans Musician By New Orleans Magazine’s 2016 Tops of the Town
WITH ROBIN BARNES, MUSIC IS INGRAINED INTO THE VERY FABRIC OF HER BEING; IT’S IN HER BLOOD.
The songstress 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 song) and is honored to be the next generation of 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, Robin was able to marry the two forms of music to create her own unique blend and creating the Song Bird. By captivating audiences with her renditions of popular songs and contemporary classics, she makes each show her own. Most recently, she’s been featured on ESPN, BET, Forbes, Southwest Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Southern Living, was an artist to watch in 2015 according to Gambit Magazine and is a New Orleans Tourism Ambassador. Just this month, Robin was voted Favorite New Orleans Musician by New Orleans magazine, beating out other New Orleans greats.
With a voice that is as powerful with a whisper as it is with a scream, Robin is ready to stun new audiences, whether it be at her constant feature shows at the Windsor Court and Hotel Monteleone and the House of Blues, Foundation Room, or shows around the world. Her forthcoming EP, Songbird Sessions, a tribute to jazz greats and inspirations, will debut August 26.