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Robin Barnes

With Robin Barnes, music is ingrained into the very fabric of her being; it’s in her blood… literally. The songstress from New Orleans, LA grew up in a household of musicians with her family’s jazz band the Soul Heirs and her cousin Dave Bartholomew who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his role in producing early rhythm and blues songs. Although music was constantly around her, it wasn’t until her first solo in the church choir that she knew she was meant to be a singer.

“Growing up, all the children at my church were encouraged to join choir,” says Robin. “The first mass after my mom made me join (yes, she made me), I was given a solo in the ‘ave maria.’ I closed my eyes and sung my heart out and when I opened my eyes I only looked at my mother. She cried along with the rest of the congregation. That’s when I realized how moving music was and how I want to sing for the rest of my life.”

Robin continued to participate in the church choir and moved onto weekly gigs with the Soul Heirs where she explored many avenues and facets of modern and classical jazz music at an early age in her career.

As she got older and mainstream music began to take a hold, Robin was able to marry the two furthering her musical self discovery. She was able to take on inspiration that encompassed the soulful and insightful musings of Etta James, the fierce stage presence of Bruno Mars and the earnest heartbreak of Adele. By captivating audiences with her unique renditions of songs and a powerful voice that ranges with each verse, she makes each song uniquely her own.

Robin is currently a featured performer at New Orleans Saints games, Windsor Court – Polo Lounge, Hotel Monteleone Carousel Lounge and was nominated for Best Female Vocalist at OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Awards. The singer-songwriter released her debut EP, titled Me, on July 10, 2013 that features six soulful-pop songs that include: Rescue Me; Running; What I Gotta Do feat. Jake Smith; In Your Arms; and Pieces.

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The Arts Council of New Orleans

The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, non-profit organization designated as the City’s official arts agency. The Arts Council serves as one of eight regional distributing agencies for state arts funds and administers available municipal arts grants and the Percent For Art program for the City of New Orleans. The Arts Council works in partnership with the City of New Orleans, community groups, local, state, and national governmental agencies, and other nonprofit arts organizations to meet the arts and cultural needs of the New Orleans community through a diversity of initiatives and services.

WWNO

WWNO, the NPR member station for New Orleans, serves southeast Louisiana and parts of southwest Mississippi by broadcasting balanced news, thought provoking analysis, classical music, jazz and other musical styles, intelligent entertainment, and unique local content. We broadcast on 89.9 FM, and KTLN 90.5 FM in the Houma-Thibodaux area as a public service of the University of New Orleans. All of WWNO’s programs, including its growing local news coverage, are available online at WWNO.org.

WWOZ

WWOZ 90.7 FM is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station offering listener-supported, volunteer-programmed community radio. WWOZ covers many events live in and around the city and across the United States, and broadcasts live from the famed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival annually. WWOZ’s mission is to be the worldwide voice, archive, and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.

PRC

Preservation Resource Center (PRC) has been preserving, restoring, and revitalizing New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods since 1974. Throughout its history, PRC has acted as an advocacy agent on a local, regional, and national scale, spreading the word about the city’s rich architectural heritage and the economic importance of preserving this heritage. PRC also takes a hands-on approach to preservation, with a history of successfully restoring over 1,400 properties. The center strengthens and revitalizes New Orleans in a way that is forward-looking and sustainable, yet sensitive to the city’s past and its heritage.

NOMA

As a nexus for the arts in New Orleans, NOMA is committed to preserving, interpreting, and enriching its collections and renowned sculpture garden; offering innovative experiences for learning and interpretation; and uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures.

The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Its holdings comprise more than one million items from more than three centuries, documenting moments both major and minor. Its four exhibition spaces–the Williams Gallery, the Louisiana History Galleries, the Boyd Cruise Gallery, and the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art–faithfully depict the multicultural stories of the region, from permanent displays exploring the evolution of Louisiana to rotating exhibitions showcasing history and fine art.

Southern Food

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. While based in New Orleans, the Museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. The Museum is also home to the collections of the Museum of the American Cocktail, the Galerie d’Absinthe, and a demonstration kitchen.

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to all Louisianans.

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ mission is to provide all Louisianans with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage through grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional development institutes, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, cultural tourism, public lectures, library projects, and other public humanities programming.

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