When Robby was three years old, he commandeered a nursing home intercom system and performed Barney’s “I Love You” for a building full of elderly people. It was the first in a series of bold moves that would come to define his musical career.

With a father in the navy, Robby spent much of his early years moving from place to place before his family settled in a small town in Louisiana. His mother, a church choir director, instilled in Robby a deep love for music, from Benedictions to Billy Joel.  When his older sister signed up for piano lessons, Robby took up the instrument as well for fear of being left out. He's been returning to the bench ever since.

The day Robby began high school, his parents began the process of a long and messy divorce. In the darkness of the following years, music became a way of flipping on the lights. Robby began writing and performing songs with a band of his best friends, several of whom continue to contribute to his musical endeavors to this day.

After graduation, he moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University, where he would continue to write songs, and eventually record his own music. He released two projects independently, Back to Life (2011) and Lifted (2012) with the help of childhood friend and producer Mark Campbell. In 2014, Robby was signed to Capitol Records with whom he recorded a full length album and an EP while touring the U.S. 

Robby's life has changed quite a bit since then, including a move to Little Rock, AR where he now lives with his wife and their pup, Samwise the Brave. Through all of the shifts of recent years, Robby continues to write songs thoughtfully characterized by themes of hope, fear, freedom, and longing. His forthcoming record, entitled Heartland, is perhaps his most personal and sincere release to date. Heartland, which is slated for release in Fall 2016, finds Robby processing the restlessness that comes with asking big questions without the expectation of clear answers. 

It’s been a long time since Robby’s nursing home performance, but, in some ways, nothing has changed. He's still just singing what he believes, hoping there's someone out there listening who believes it too.

 

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