Writer, Vocalist, Recording Artist, Percussionist Robert IMtume Owens leaves no tables unturned as he vocally wows you and musically reflects a time of his early R&B, Jazz, and Soul influences. It Makes You Reminisce and say… I Wanna Go Back!
From the 1980’s to approximately 2000, I had explored singing in every form possible — jingles, background vocals for other artists, stage and theatrical plays, and studio sessions.
While attending and studying jazz percussion at Kansas University, I began to work with different bands. I then formed my own fusion jazz band called Group Therapy and was the lead singer for a pop band called Kokomo from 1984-1994. I continued singing competitively and won the Budweiser Showdown two years in a row. That’s when I met Mr. Max Groove – a contemporary jazz artist from Kansas City and recorded the title cut for his new CD Midnight Rain, which reached the top 10 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz charts.
I then released the single “In Your Lifetime” in the UK produced by Crayge Lindesay. This led to my working or in the studio with Gerald Albright, Freddie Jackson, Najee, Alex Bugnon, Eric Gable, Ashford and Simpson, and Grover Washington Jr., just to name a few.
In 1995, I was signed to record the single “Sex Zone” for the album Organized Kaos on Hyped International/Bellmark Records.
In 2004 and in 2005, I recorded the contemporary gospel single “Talk to Me” (written by V Michael McKay) with the Las Vegas mass choir. Additionally, in 2009, I recorded my own contemporary Gospel CD, So Much Better by Newday Christian.
Moreover, in 2014, I began venturing back into R&B and Jazz. With the new music came a change in scenery as I relocated to Chicago, which I still call home.