At age 8, Robbie played at the Corbett County Fair, performing one of his first originals, “Rockaway Boogie.” By age eleven, Robbie was deemed a prodigy, studying and performing advanced adult coursework at the virtuoso level in piano. “My first studio time came at age twelve, making my first CD. at studio experience was so enjoyable that I eventually came to own my own studio and have since recorded over 500 songs.”
In 2000 and 2001, Robbie won talent shows at the Clackamas County Fair, Multnomah County Fair, and the Oregon State Fair, after which he started his own country band, as the lead singer. “I had written over 100 songs at that point and wanted to play covers and originals live with a passion.” He won the jingle contest for 99.5 FM Wolf and landed the prime spot at the Mike and Amy Hometown Holiday Show where he opened for Joe Nicols. Robbie won the next year as well, opening for Lee Ann Womack. Robbie and his band had opened for and played with several major label acts, including Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Luke Brian, Brantley Gilbert, Sarah Evans, and many others. He recorded an original album while working under the legendary mastering engineer, Bob Ludwig.
“My band was seriously considered by Valory Music Group and Big Machine Records, causing us to set our sights on Nashville. Where we played at Cadillac Ranch, Stage, and Tootsies; met with ASCAP’S Vice President; recorded at Evergreen Records on Music Row; and was offered a producing deal by Dennis Money, who produced Moe Bandy, John Michael Montgomery, and Trick Pony. We also found ourselves in a VIP meeting with Casey Smith of Mushroom Music Publishing (also on Music Row), the largest publisher in the world, who asked for every- thing I had written.”
“At the peak of my travels, I visited Nashville 12 times in 2013, befriending Martina McBride’s steel player, Wayne Dahl, and made several other writing, performing, and recording connections that offered their support to me.”Robbie has since become both an ASCAP member and publisher, studied radiofriendly song structure and techniques, and has had three songs in the regular playlists for two local radio stations. He has also backed an American Idol performer, won last year’s Ponderosa Lounge’s Battle of the Bands 2015, and has been vocally trained by local legend Robert Goulet, major label artist Pink, and vocal trainer Eugene. In 2014, Robbie was taken under the wing of Charles, the man who discovered the hit ‘90s R&B group TLC, as well as the group Georgia Satellites. Charles coached him in vocal and writing technique so he could better attract radio play and record label deals. Unfortunately, Charles passed away before Robbie was able to finish working with him.
“In being ten years older from when I began pursuing a musical career, having been blessed with three beautiful daughters coming into my life, and after all the fun times I have had in music, I have since taken a two year break from pushing hard in the music industry and music in general, attaching myself to a few talented local groups that have been absolutely wonderful to me. I am very fortunate to now play a role with Aspen Meadow Band, and I look forward to all the wonderful, memorable experiences that I know are to come!”