Described as “the most flavourful bucketful of soul dished up by a white female singer since Dusty Springfield invaded Memphis”, “Soul Flower” - the new album from singer/songwriter/producer Robin McKelle - finds the New York songstress’ powerful, expressive contralto voice delivering a contemporary blend of classic soul and rhythm’n’blues while also boasting two standout duets - one with resurgent soul man Lee Fields (an emotive cover of The
Robin McKelle’s fourth and latest album on Okeh/Sony Records is called Soul Flower and features original compositions inspired by the sounds of Motown and Stax Records in the early 1970′s. Robin McKelle began to show her talent in R&B groups from the age of fifteen. After taking up the piano and French horn, she studied jazz at the University of Miami (1994‐1996) before attending and graduating from the Berklee College of Music in Boston (1999),
Robin McKelle was a name I had never heard until this morning when I stumbled across some footage of her and SoulBounce favorites Alice Russell and Sharlene Hector giving an impromptu live performance of Dionne Warwick's "Walk On By" at La Defense Jazz Festival last month. I was intrigued enough by the performance to do a little digging on Ms. McKelle and found that she is somewhat of a veteran, having released a handful of jazz albums over the
Robin McKelle hails from Rochester, New York and she boasts a varied and impressive music CV. Her mother sang gospel – and young Robin was righteously impressed but at 15 she took the secular route working with a number of youthful R&B groups. After taking up the piano and French horn, she studied jazz at the University of Miami before attending and graduating from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
OKeh will release vocalist Robin McKelle's label debut, Soul Flower, as a digital-only release on June 11, 2013. The project, which consists of a contemporary blend of soul and rhythm & blues and mostly original tracks, debuts her new working group, Robin McKelle & The Flytones.