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Fast Facts
  • The Minneapolis Star Tribune named Robert Robinson “Minnesota’s Master Male Vocalist.”
  • He has performed with Aretha Franklin, nine-time Grammy Award winner Andrae Crouch, Kenny Loggins, the Sounds of Blackness, Bobby McFerrin, Barry Manilow, Jermaine Jackson, and others.
  • Robert served as Executive and Artistic Director of the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir for 20 years. (tccgospel.org)
  • He was a two-time Minnesota Music Award Winner for Best Gospel Artist and Group.
  • Robert’s musical catalog includes twelve solo projects available around the world online and at robertrobinson.com.
  • Robert was chosen to open Prince’s birthday bash.
  • The We Win Institute has recognized Robert for commitment to community, youth, and positive change.
  • Mr. Robinson was a featured solo artist at Promise Keepers, the Billy Graham Crusade, and the National Day of Prayer in Washington, DC.
  • He is a three-time Minnesota Black Musicians Award Winner for Best Gospel Group.
  • Robert is immersed in community service, acting as musical guest at the Tiger and Earl Woods’ Inner City Golf Forum, ministering at community prisons, and serving as master clinician in schools across America.
  • Lead roles in Theatre de la Jeune Lune’s production of the Nightingale, Cricket Theatre’s production of From Slavery to Freedom, and others added stage experience and acclaim to Robert’s musical notoriety.
  • Robert was a featured vocalist with pianist Lorie Line and her Pop Chamber Orchestra with subsequent appearance across the United States on PBS.
  • He was voted Best Male Vocalist the by the Minneapolis and Saint Paul entertainment paper, City Pages.
What the media are saying about Robert      Return to top of page
  • “Robert Robinson is a volcanic talent who absolutely knocks an audience on its heels.”
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Milwaukee, WI
  • “His voice was glorious, steeped with emotion…and many in the audience couldn’t stop a few tears from rolling. When he finished, the audience gave him a truly rousing standing ovation.”
    Deseret News - Salt Lake City, UT
  • “[Robert] is a beloved institution. The mere mention of his name brings to mind state-of-the-art excellence in sheer, unsurpassed vocal prowess.”
    Insight News – Minneapolis, MN
  • “Finally, it was Robinson’s turn to steal the show again….”
    The Post-Bulletin - Rochester, MN
  • “His first Christmas show as a headliner was the perfect blend of sentiments of the season, personality (especially his sense of humor) and musicality.”
    Star Tribune - Minneapolis, MN
  • “A voice big enough to nail even back-row listeners to their seats.”
    Argus Leader – Sioux Falls, SD
  • “The two or three special occasions when he’s delivered the national anthem at Wolves games have been some of the precious few highlights of their season.”
    City Pages – Minneapolis and Saint Paul, MN
  • “He is the star, producer, creative director, and promoter of his own holiday tour.”
    Star Tribune - Minneapolis, MN
  • “Every time Robinson has played Milwaukee…he has received a standing ovation.”
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Milwaukee, WI
  • “Robert joined the tour in 1992, and the show would never be the same. He had the gift to bring people to tears and to their feet, night after night. His voice literally stopped the show with applause every night in every city.”
    Lorie Line – nationally celebrated pianist
  • One of the “Ten Best Holiday Shows.”
    Metro Magazine - Minnesota (Metropolitan)
  • “The Pavarotti of gospel.”
    Star Tribune - Minneapolis, MN
What the fans are saying about Robert
"Hi Robert, My name is Tammy and my family was the group of 20 that went crazy over your music, not to mention I am a fan for life. We appreciate you so much and love, love, love your voice. Many blessings to you and your work."
Tammy from Minneapolis, MN
BIOGRAPHY      Return to top of page

ROBERT ROBINSON-Biography

 

I’m sure there are a lot of people like me who wish they had the ability to embrace every hurting person in the world and assure them that their lives will get better.  I can share that embrace and assurance in my songs.

- Robert Robinson

 

Robert Robinson is reason to believe that the greatest music reaches every name and crosses every boundary, from audiences in the Pontiac Silverdome to troops in South Korea. Standing five foot five and sipping Diet Coke, Robert is “God’s canary.”  He possesses the ability to sing any song and yet remain true to his vision. 

 

There exists a deep sense of goodness about Robert.  His father was a pastor and his mother, a church soloist, led the musical ministry on the North side of Minneapolis. At the tender age of 6, Robert (known as Eddie so as not to confuse the young vocalist with his father of the same name) began singing with his family as part of the Robinson Children, and by 15, Robert was directing the church choir.  But it was not until around the age of 24 that Robert began to experiment with his prodigious musical gifts outside of the cocoon of church community.  At the prodding of friends, family and outsiders, Robert took the modest steps of singing at weddings and small corporate functions, eventually starting a gospel choir at Minneapolis Community College in 1990.  Soon, he quit his job as a data processing expert to lead the 100 strong Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, today heralded by Minnesota Monthly Magazine as “the state’s most decorated group.”  1991 brought Robert a featured role in “Nightingale” at the world-renowned Theatre de la Jeune Lune.  In 1992, Robert took part for the first time in Lorie Line’s Christmas tour and remained for 15 years with subsequent appearances on PBS and in Target stores nationwide.

 

Although Robert points to gospel greats Mahalia Jackson, Tramaine Hawkins, and Vanessa Bell Armstrong (with whom he has performed) as inspiration, Robert Robinson works and lives in his own genre.  And eventually, it came time for him to forge a new path, combining his ministry of gospel with a vast experience rooted in soul.  Told his vocal stylings were “too big for radio”, Robert set out in 2005 with a tenor voice as the superstar.  He became producer, creative director and promoter of his own touring schedule and was named one of the “Ten Best Holiday Shows” by Metro Magazine in 2007.  At the same time, Robert became a noted clinician giving master classes across the United States and even finding time to become a two-time national karaoke champion!

 

In January 2010, Robert launched his newest “Signature” CD and kicked off his latest tour. And reviews continue to pour in. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel described Robert as “a volcanic talent.” His performance was depicted as “glorious” by the Salt Lake City Deseret News, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune proclaimed Robert to be “a soaring presence.” Perhaps more importantly, Minnesota’s Insight News distinguished Robert as “a beloved institution,” a nod to both his service to the community and his sterling life’s work. People love Robert. Artists look to him for affirmation. Fans adore his inclusive personality. They don’t necessarily have to embrace gospel to embrace Robert and that is alright with him. It’s all about his soul.


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