Solo-Robyn Harris- Vocals and acoustic guitar.
With band-Varying percussionists and bass players.
Robyn Harris has been gathering stories all her life.
Her sweet, engaging voice and versatile guitar playing are thoughtfully blended into passionate and charming songs. Hard to categorize, Robyn's songs blur the lines between folk, blues and pop to create an expressive hybrid. Her sound has drawn comparisons to Aimee Mann, Jack Johnson and Lisa Loeb.
Robyn's self-confident stage presence and comedic talent make her a natural performer. A knack for telling the stories she has gathered give her live show a musical and conceptual cohesiveness.
"When Robyn is on stage she has an impressive appearance and self -confidence which draws the audience in. Her quirkiness and ability to make the audience laugh makes her live show engaging, entertaining and fun." Kol Ha'Ir (an Israeli Hebrew-language weekly newspaper.)
A native of Northern California, Robyn discovered her love for creating music in her early 20's on the campus of UC San Diego.
Playing guitar, experimenting with sound and songwriting, became a social and spiritual quest for Robyn. Teaching herself to sing and play was a way to find a natural balance between the rigors of academic life and the need for laughter and song. Unlike many young singer/songwriters though, Harris adds a surprising degree of worldliness to her music.
"I started writing because the music moved me. It moved me from reflection to expression. It drove me from a single note to a song and transformed me from a simple girl to a completely committed
Robyn left the comforts of home in search of great inspiration in the form of a year-long trek around the globe. With backpack and guitar, she traveled five continents before finally returning home. The songs written during her time abroad reflect the struggles and triumphs she encountered. Her song "Without Being Known" was the result, one of six tracks on her independently released debut EP, "Two Red Doors."
"I met the most amazing people, they were so welcoming and friendly but the language and cultural barriers made it impossible for them to truly get to know me."
The more she traveled, the more the songs kept unfolding becoming some of her most personal work to date. Critics and fans alike embraced 'Two Red Doors' calling the CD "...a perfect balance between upbeat tunes and chill-out songs... you'll find a track on this CD to fit whatever mood you're in." (www.cdbaby.com/robynharris)
With the globe-trotting trek behind her, Robyn set her sights on the lush musical landscape of the East Coast, in particular, the city of brotherly love - Philadelphia. The idea of living and working in a city full of musical talent was, and continues to be, thrilling to Robyn and she has quickly made a name for herself on the local scene. Robyn has had the distinct honor of being invited to play alongside such artists as John Cale and Philadelphia's own soul-folk phenomenon, Amos Lee. As a regular invited performer to World Café Live! Series (an ever-changing menu of live music presented at the WXPN Radio studio complex) Robyn's name is gathering recognition.
"Robyn Harris is one of the Philly acts that is working for her career. With an outgoing stage presence and a top-notch work ethic, she has positioned herself for success." - Jesse Lundy, Talent Buyer, The Point, Bryn Mawr, PA
"Saratoga-born Robyn Harris always loved music, but thought she had a terrible voice. However, with a little hard work and determination, she has turned herself into a successful singer-songwriter who tours the country."
- Jennifer McBride, Entertainment Editor, Saratoga News, Saratoga, CA
For 2005 Harris is focusing her attention on gigging to support the release of her first full length CD 'Pocket My Pride' (available Aug-23, 2005) and she continues to perform with unbridled enthusiasm. Playing folk coffeehouses and trendy listening rooms ranging from the The Point, to The Tin Angel to The Bitter End, Robyn and her guitar continue to carve a path up and down the North East corridor.
Robyn's charismatic style and energy make her one of today's most promising young singer/songwriters. She has a fresh and genuine approach, which is sure to stay with her audiences long after the last chord has been strummed.
CD Sampler, selections from the debut CD
release 'Pocket My Pride':
* Lately: a feel-good upbeat song, expressing excitement about a new relationship. File under: pop
* Two Red Doors: mid-tempo blues groove song about living alone but craving company. File under: blues/pop
* Take Me Away: mid-tempo tune about escaping from reality and bringing someone along. File under: folk/pop
Robyn Harris -EP- Two Red Doors
Robyn Harris 3-song CD sampler
Pocket My Pride - debut full length CD release