“Minnesota’s greatest gospel singer” – Star Tribune
In January 2022, Robert Robinson and Tim Frantzich traveled the length of the Mississippi River, from northern Minnesota to New Orleans. Along the way they stopped to share stories, write songs, and reflect on the majesty and history of one of our country’s great waterways. Mississippi River Songs is a a musical celebration of that journey, and of the river itself. Robert says, “These songs are challenging, inspiring and fun messages about the beauty and power of the Mississippi River! I won’t be singing Gospel music at all, but I bet you’ll feel the Spirit alive and well in the performance.”
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. “God’s canary” 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 Northside 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.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has described Robert as “a volcanic talent.” His performance was depicted as “glorious” by the Salt Lake City Deseret News, and the 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.
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