Title - 'Songbird Sessions'
Artist - Robin Barnes
The legend that evolves behind each and every musical outing from the award-winning jazz singer Robin Barnes is like watching wild fires spread. Five years ago Barnes was learning how to fly within the business. She had no weekly weekly gigs, had recently just separated from her family band, and was kinda sorta doing the solo thing.
But over the years, the world began to sit up and take notice of this immense talent. Indeed, her musical career is now most certainly soaring and on August 26th, 2016, the powerfully-voiced siren (who was named the Favorite New Orleans Musician earlier this year by New Orleans Magazine) will issue her second EP, Songbird Sessions, on the Rhythm Elevation Records label.
Barnes and bassist Pat Casey produced the intimate five-song acoustic jazz date of standards and gems made famous by her seminal influences such as New Orleans icons Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas. The first track is a stunning rendition of 'The Way Young Lovers Do'. Written by Van Morrison, Barnes all-but makes it her own here, and it is a delightful way to begin this new musical journey.
Her take on 'Little Jazz Bird' (of which she herself has been named many, many times by fans, the press and her peers within the business alike), composed by the great George Gershwin is nothing short of mesmerizing also, and that's backed by the rousing spiritual 'Great Day'. Barnes' cover of the standard 'My Funny Valentine' is just poetry in motion. Written by Richard Rogers, it most certainly gives other balladeers such Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald a run for their money. The first track being serviced to radio is the last track of the EP, Barnes’s smoldering and sultry rendition of Irma Thomas’s 'Ruler of My Heart'.
In addition to her passion for music, Robin Barnes has founded a fitness movement called, "Move Ya Brass". The company was founded by the New Orleans native after she faced a life-threatening illness. “I had to revamp my entire lifestyle and focus on health and wellness, especially with my demanding music and performance schedule,” Barnes explains.
Kidney disease threatened to change the course of Robin’s life. Her doctor recommended several changes, including cardio. Robin listened. Robin shared the status of her condition on Instagram and stated she was
going to start running. 10 people she had never met in her life showed up to run with her. “That’s how Move Ya Brass was born. It signifies my love and passion for music and love for New Orleans while telling people to get up and move,” she further explains.
Barnes, who begins a six-week residency at the House of Blues in New Orleans on July 28th, 2016 will celebrate the EP at a hometown record release concert at Peaches Records on August 27th, 2016.