Robin Barnes is taking New Orleans by storm and she’s doing it with style and grace. A longtime supporter of Tipitina’s Foundation, Robin Barnes is an obvious choice as the host of this week's Sunday Youth Music Workshop. Barnes is an inspiration to the youth in our community not only through her music but in her leadership as well. This Sunday at Tipitina's Robin and her band will lead students in a jazz-based workshop.
Barnes grew up in a family of musicians and was encouraged to join the choir at a young age. When she got her first solo and saw the audiences faces light up she fell in love with singing. As she got older, Robin's parents encouraged her to pursue higher education. Pursuing a graduate degree in business was a practical choice— this degree gave her the skills she needed to market her own career. When asked about her musical influences Barnes commented, “Irma Thomas, Edna James, Ella Fitzgerald, though I tend to flock to male singers, Otis Redding and Bill Withers have helped define my range.” Her second album, Songbird Sessions, is an ode to her New Orleans heritage and is filled with lyrical jazz tunes. Inspired by the sounds of New Orleans streets, Barnes often records videos of herself singing in the car steadying a beat with the steering wheel. Barnes comments, “I get inspired driving streets in New Orleans, I know people hate the potholes… but if you’re driving, our streets give a rhythm. Sometimes it’s bounce. Sometimes it’s gospel. You just need to drive around to hear it.
When asked about her goals in life Barnes replied, "when I go, I want to have left a positive mark on this city". We are confident she is doing just that, and we are looking forward to seeing what she has in store for our workshop participants this week.
Sunday Youth Music Workshops are designed for children ages 10-18 and are FREE and open to the public. Workshops provide New Orleans youth with an opportunity to perform on stage at Tipitina's and learn from professional musicians. Sunday Youth Music Workshops would not be possible without our amazing donors, thank you for all that you do!
This blog is from the Tipitina's Foundation Newsletter.