International recording artist, songwriter and powerhouse vocalist, Robin McKelle has found a home where soul, jazz, pop, gospel, blues and the American Songbook cross paths.
Often compared to legendary voices like Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin, Robin has proven to be amongst the top contemporary jazz and soul singers of this generation.
While effortlessly mixing genres she also uses her songwriting to bring awareness to social issues. Robin’s career and musical style has evolved immensely as she has forged her own path musically, while at times facing criticism for blurring the lines in musical genres. There’s an insightful storyteller’s voice that connects her songs, a narrative thread that feels smart and soulful. In her songwriting and in the arrangements, she mixes her varied influences together with strength and grace.
Robin continues to take the risks and make music and albums that she deeply believes in. Her latest album release, Alterations, an homage to female singers and songwriters from different genres, showcases her arranging skills. For when you create change, you create space for something to shift in the world and in yourself. As an artist. And as a human. And that is a change for the good.
In 2004, McKelle took 3rd place in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Competition and went on to record her first album, Introducing. The success led to her second release, Modern Antique released on Blue Note France and then followed by 3 releases with Sony Music. Traveling and touring around the world she has established a solid career in France and Europe. Robin has shared the stage with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Gregory Porter, Lalah Hathaway, Esperanza Spalding, Micheal McDonald, Bebe Winans, Danilo Perez, Herbie Hancock, Marquis Hill, Chris Potter Fred Wesley, and Pee Wee Ellis.
Robin is a distinguished alumni and former voice faculty member of Berklee College of Music. She began her studies in jazz at the prestigious University of Miami before transferring to Berklee. Robin taught 3 years in the voice department at Berklee where she taught private lessons, performance studies (jazz, blues and pop) and ear training. She left her teaching position in the fall of 2006 when her touring career took off and credits her students for inspiring her to take that one last risk.
Robin’s philosophy is that singing is an extension of speaking. Proper technique is important to maintain vocal heath and to allow you to have control over your tone and sound but sometimes we can overthink the voice and how we produce sound. Discover your natural voice and improve your voice and technique with a speak/singing method.
“ Robin’s mastery of vocal technique is word class. Her ability to shape vocal performance with rich tone and timbre is a unique skill, and provides a great learning experience for other vocalists to build out their own skill sets. She is a true professional and well rounded musician that can help guide and educate any level of artist on their path.”
Ingrid Gerdes (Professional Singer and Voice Over Artist