The Songbird of New Orleans’ Robin Barnes flight to spread her soulful traditional jazz meditations across the nation is in full flight after the No. 5 Billboard Current Traditional Jazz Albums chart debut of her just-released “Songbird Sessions” EP. Along with landing a national piece in the coming issue of Food & Wine magazine, her charm continues to allure back home where Gambit Weekly’s Best of Poll selected the radiant twenty-something chanteuse the No. 2 Best Local Music Artist behind Trombone Shorty. In conjunction with the record release and a jam-packed hometown album release concert date, Barnes was featured on the iheartNOLA website and performed a pair of acoustic jazz tunes from the disc on the locally televised “News With A Twist.”
Over the past few years where she maintains a busy concert schedule in the Big Easy, Barnes has become the voice and face of the music of New Orleans, which is how she earned the trademarked moniker “The Songbird of New Orleans.” Performing on “NCIS: New Orleans” plus a bevy of appearances in the pages of national magazines while maintaining a constant presence in local media – newspapers, magazines and television – has enabled Barnes’ robust, exposed and lusty-voiced “Songbird Sessions” to waft near and far, connecting with and delighting listeners fond of her intimate versions of jazz standards and gems made famous by two of her iconic New Orleans role models, Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas.
Winner of Offbeat magazine’s Outstanding Millennial in Music Award, Barnes has received accolades from Forbes, Ebony, Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, ESPN and Southwest Magazine. Thriving on the national scene with the new collection is her top priority, which is why she was in New York City last week to meet with managers, agents and venues excited to showcase the siren that brings freshness, authenticity, passion and enthusiasm to her vintage jazz repertoire.
On top of her weekend residencies at the Hotel Monteleone and Windsor Court Hotel Polo Club Lounge in the Crescent City, Barnes will launch a four-week Wednesday night residency at the Maple Leaf Bar next month and will tackle the National Anthem at the Superdome prior to the New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers contest on October 16.