Episode 206. Robbie Bartlett – Band Leader, The Robbie Bartlett Band
Robbie Bartlett’s signature voice spans R&B, soul, and jazz.
Robbie and her band have opened shows for Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Sheryl Crow, The Righteous Brothers, and many others. David Crosby and Graham Nash specifically asked for her to perform before and after their concert. The legendary B. B. King once sent word back through his daughter, Shirley King, “Who is that? I like her voice,” after hearing Robbie sing with her band. She is an accomplished vocalist, bandleader, composer, and performer.
Robbie recently finished her first movie score “The Gift of Your Love” with Travis Myles who wrote the movie and lyrics to the title song. Bartlett wrote the score for the title song, recorded, played piano, and sang.
She started singing at age four, and developed a strong foundation in R&B and jazz. Her warm smoky alto voice is heard regularly at popular Louisville area nightclubs, where she has performed since 1982. Styles include “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, “Good Morning Heartache” by Billie Holiday, “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman, and “At Last” by Etta James.
Robbie received the Kentuckiana Blues Society Sylvester Weaver Award in 2012, and was voted #1 for R&B/soul in Louisville, Kentucky in 2014.
She is always in high demand for outdoor festivals, weddings, birthdays, country club activities, fundraisers, and house concerts.
Robbie resides in the Germantown area of Louisville.