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Robin McKelle

Robin McKelle is a vocalist who has straddled the line between classic rhythm & blues and traditional pop music, but her love of swing and big-band jazz has been even more pronounced. A young Robin McElhatten grew up in Rochester, NY, the daughter of a liturgical vocalist. She took classical piano lessons and played French horn for ten years, and her early influences included Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Nina Simone, and Gladys Knight. By her late teens she was more intrigued by the content of jazz harmonies, and McKelle was taken over by singers Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, and Nancy Wilson. She attended the University of Miami from 1994 to 1996, headed for Boston and the Berklee College of Music, and graduated in 1999. Living in Los Angeles, she toured as a backup singer, then returned to Boston to teach voice classes at Berklee for three years.

Taking third place in the 2004 Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Competition in Washington, D.C., she established her career as a leader. As a result, doors opened up to McKelle, including an audition for Blue Note Records. The list of artists she has worked with since includes the Boston Pops Orchestra, BeBe Winans, Jon Secada, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, Pete Christlieb, Andy Snitzer, Bob Shepard, Joe Magnarelli, Wayne Bergeron, Darren Hayes, David Bowie, Carly Simon, Don Grusin, Lonnie Plaxico, Carl Allen, and Michael McDonald. Her recordings include the independently released Never Let Me Go, followed by Introducing Robin McKelle and Modern Antique for the Cheap Lullaby label, the latter recording issued by the Blue Note label in France. She embarked on an extensive tour of Europe in 2008. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi
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colemanaaron
missed you in rochester this year. blew the doors off at jazz festival 2013
a treasure of voice
Awesome!
aprea11
Wow...so sad that I've never heard her before...she sounds wonderful!
staygreen408
Beautiful
A joy indeed to listen to Robin! Love those old standards getting some updating!
mchapman71
Indeed...
kodor
Oh, yeah
dlssjy
WOW!!
It's exciting to know that young and accomplished vocalists are rediscoverin g the great standards and giving them a bit of spit and polish. And Robin is doing a great job of it. So easy to listen to, and so smooth. Keep it up, Robin.
I love when modern day singers perform the American Standards from half a century ago, because you get the modern sound quality with it.
mellow, sexy, groovey sound.
my kinda singer,i'll never want to stop listening to her sing,Thank You!!
wklinn
An excellent voice! She gives my Genesis 3+ speakers a good run for the money!
Girl has pipes...
first time I've heard her. fantastic!
She can belt em out!!!
patricelerma n
I heard Robin perform tonight in a small club in Santa Cruz. She has a rich voice that floats on the music, especially as she scats. Ever imagined "Eleanor Rigby" as a salsa piece? Robin makes it seem inevitable and amazing. Her set mixed idioms: some jazz standards, some blues, some original bluesy numbers, some swing, some pop. At one moment you're thinking Ella, at another Bonnie Raitt, Glad to have seen her in a small club...I think she's on her way to much bigger things.

abbott1145
I just heard Robin Mckelli, I think she's great.
patricelerma n
Thanks, Pandora, for bringing this spectacular voice to me!
lsntoday
What a great singer! Discovered her voice here then bought all her albums on iTunes. It's very, very rare to see a singer of this caliber nowadays, and I'm a Rosemary Clooney and Ella Fitzgerald die hard fan. Robin, welcome to my favorite singers' list!
bethanyj09
i've never heard of her before, but she is fantastic!
ackerbex3
She is new to me - very nice phrasing, lovely voice.
michellephan _ 7 6
I love her unique sound, very dreamy.
There's spunk and flava in this ladies voice! Very nice!
58238105
I think I was born to late..love these old tunes.
prepworks
i really like the clear tone i heard her on my Cole Porter radio which i love because there are such a wide variety of artists recording these timeless songs

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