Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started in music.
My mother named me Robin after her favorite song, “What Makes the Robin Sing”. I suppose that’s how it all started at birth. My grandfather was a composer, cantor, and choir leader in Romania, my father had a magnificent tenor voice, and I’ve been writing couplets about my day since I was 4.
I enjoy writing, recording and performing music, mine and covers. I choose it because I love to sing, create music with other musicians and learn from other artists about the infinite possibilities in music.
The inspiration for the Light The Way project is the growing universal consciousness of environmental and planetary responsibility and legacy.
Let’s talk about Women in Jazz, and why you joined.
I joined Women in Jazz as a vehicle to connect with great women musicians in creativity and performance.
Tell us about any new projects you have coming up.
Currently, I am completing a world music EP, Rose. I am excited about the songs as I think they reveal maturation in my vocal development and a deep expression of my art form. The songs are original musical compositions of spiritual texts with universal themes of love and brotherhood.
What is the biggest risk you ever took professionally and/or the biggest obstacle you have overcome?
The biggest risk was leaving my position as a licensed clinical psychologist with a Ph.D to pursue a career in music. The biggest obstacle I have faced is getting started in the industry later in life.
From where do you draw inspiration? Who have been your role models, mentors etc.
I draw inspiration from God, the natural world, my relationships and the love of my life, Paul Banman. Paul is my partner in everything and is my role model. From him I have learned patience, perseverance, professionalism and music.
What do you do to keep yourself sharp?
I have to vocalize daily, consistently be learning new songs and record all my rehearsals in order to grow and improve from the playback. I rely on prayer and meditation to stay calm and focused. This year I have opened up my home recording studio, www.myplacerecordingstudios.com to other artists. The website is nearing completion and Paul and I have enjoyed recording projects for emerging musicians.
What ONE thing would you like to learn this year?
My goals for the coming year are to release Rose, license some of my original music to film and television, record other artists in my studio, begin a new original project and continue to develop my versatility as a vocalist.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Traveling a bit and performing in other cities in the U.S. and abroad could be on the horizon. Where? I don’t know. I’m good at living in the moment now, and allowing the universe to speak to me.
What do you do for fun/relaxation/entertainment?
For fun and relaxation Paul and I love to drive to the Florida Keys, kayak, walk the nature trails, bike, lie inert at the beach, and eat out. We love the Miami Heat games, going to the movies and observing our 28 cat rescues. I also love visiting with my girlfriends who are so smart and accomplished.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
For those of you who listen to and buy my music, thank you so much for your support and for your support of live music. I look forward to performing for you in the future and to keep on creating music for your enjoyment. Visit me at www.robinavery.com . I wish you all love, light and peace within.
What’s the best way for our readers to connect with you?
Connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m on facebook, linkedin and myspace but I’m not really good at online networking and I can’t say I’m working on it.