Did you know?
• Robin was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
• She is a Pisces – born February 21.
• When she was one year old, her family moved to British Columbia, Canada.
• She has one older sister.
• Her family says Robin sang before she could talk and she learned to read and write at age 4.
• She was introduced to Kiss’s music at an early age. She cites them, as well as Pat Benatar as her earliest influences.
• She always wrote stories and poetry, so it was only natural she write her first song at age 11.
• Keith Olsen produced one of Robin’s all time favourite Pat Benatar albums, “Precious Time”.
• Her favourite artists: Kiss, Avenged Sevenfold, Def Leppard, Metallica, and fellow Canadians The Tea Party and Tal Bachman.
• Robin owns every Kiss album and has an autographed Paul Stanley picture on the wall in her purple writing room. Her newest addition is a 6’4″ cardboard cutout of Paul Stanley who she calls: Cardboard Paul
• She lies about her height. She says 5’0” (we say 4’11 ½”). But she claims she’s taller since she got her hip replaced.
• A month after Robin’s 15th birthday, a local rock band heard her perform a solo in the school choir. They promptly asked if she would be their lead singer – their first performance with her was two days later. She was so nervous she forgot the words to the second verse of their first song. They stayed together about two years, playing covers for dances, concerts, parties and local bars. The band was called Live Wire.
• None of the members of Live Wire were old enough to be in the bar legally. They began performing some original material, with Robin writing the lyrics. Despite the bumpy first live performance with the band, Robin knew she was meant to be a singer/performer.
• When Robin graduated, she decided to pursue a music career. Her parents supported her fully, so she moved to Calgary to work in a studio and learn about the music business. The studio went broke.
• Robin was President of her graduating class.
• She graduated with honours.
• She recorded demos of her own music and eventually met co-writers John Capek and Danny Jacob through an agent who was shopping her demos to record labels.
• Danny Jacob has played guitar for Cher, Sheena Easton, George Michael, and Bette Midler. He played on Robin’s first album, “Blame It On Rock andRoll”, co-wrote Naked on “Hidden Power” and played guitar on Monsters.
• John Capek wrote Rod Stewart’s hits “Rhythm Of My Heart” and “This”.
• After years of “We love it, but…” and “It’s not what we’re looking for at this time, please send more material.” and other various form letters from many record companies, Robin and John Capek put together Blame It On Rock and Roll. Pre-production was done in L.A. and the album was recorded in Vancouver, B.C in Little Mountain Sound’s sister studio.
• John Capek played keyboards on BIOR&R. Other musicians include: drummer Jorn Andersen and bass player Steve Webster, who at one time toured with Alannah Myles. John programmed and played keyboards on all the songs on Monsters.
• Robin vows one day to wallpaper her walls with all the rejection letters she has gotten over the years.
• Robin and John used to write songs through fax and mail. Monsters was the first time they actually wrote in the same room together.
• The last track on BIOR&R – Drowning – took 15 minutes to write the lyrics. 7 Pieces on Monsters took three years
• “Just a Fantasy” was inspired by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons in an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show.
• Other jobs Robin has had: Waitress, Carnival Game Attendant, House Cleaner, Infocentre Guide, Shake Block Cutter, Logger’s helper and for B.C.’s Wildfire Management Branch as an Operations Assistant.
• She collects crystals and polished stones.
• Robin was cast as a nurse in a student film called “Echoes of Silence”.
• Her first two videos were aired on local T.V. Video shows. Her third, for “She’s Outta Control”, was shown on Much Music’s Indy Spotlight – it aired right after Def Leppard.
• Robin represented Canada when she performed at the Golden Stag Festival in Brazov, Romania. The audiences each night were in excess of 5,000 people, as well as broadcast to hundreds of thousands across the country. Tom Jones, Coolio, and La Bouche were headliners. Robin and her fellow artists were led onto the stage by armed guards.
• “Rockin’ On The Airwaves”, from BIOR&R, won 1st place in the Rock Category at the South Pacific International Song contest. She performed her song at the Arts Center in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia. John Capek was co-writer.
• She met American songwriter Alan Roy Scott in Australia. They got together in L.A. to write in May 2000. They wrote 3 songs in approximately 12 hours. Two of the songs are on Hidden Power.
• Robin met Producer Keith Olsen at a conference in Durango, Colorado.
• BIOR&R was released on her own label in Canada, in 1995.
• She signed a worldwide record deal with U.K. label A2 Records, in 1999.
• She met Randy Bachman of The Guess Who, and BTO (Bachman Turner Overdrive) at a TAXI music seminar in L.A. They got together a year later and wrote three songs in one day. All three songs are on Hidden Power.
• Robin fired a bass player because he wouldn’t bathe. Rumor has it he didn’t learn his lesson.
• The lyrics to “In This Skin” from Hidden Power were written at a Downhill Mountain Bike race. Her boyfriend was racing.
• When she’s home, she loves to ride to keep her lungs in shape as well as for stress release. She says: “I love the focus you’ve gotta have, and the adrenalin that comes with it”. “Whether I’m riding fast downhill, or crashing into trees, it’s a beautiful thing to be so at one with Mother Nature.” “It’s very inspiring.”
• Her hobbies, besides riding her bikes, are writing romance novels, reading new age books, and drinking coffee.
• The pre-production for Hidden Power was done with Keith Olsen and Tim Pierce at Keith’s house in Seattle.
• After BIOR&R, Robin developed a writer’s block. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron helped her dissolve it.
• She owns four bicycles: an Intense Tazer, and a Kona Lisa Four X Country bikes, a Norco VPS Six Downhill bike and a Giant Road Bike.
• Hidden Power was recorded at Goodnight L.A., produced by Keith Olsen. James Kottak of the Scorpions was on drums, Jeff Pilson from Dokken/Foreigner played bass, and Tim Pierce who is on almost every album she owns, played guitar. Randy Bachman did a guest spot.
• In 2010 Robin had her hip replaced. Along with that and the hardware from a mountain bike crash in her ankle, she is now bionic.
• In 2011 Robin opened the Sturgis North Motorcycle Ralley in Salmon Arm, BC.
• 7 Pieces was inspired by her Mountain Bike Crash; her ankle was literally broken in 7 Pieces. She was back on her bike the day after she got her cast off.
• She’s seen Kiss 6 times (first row, sixth row, second row respectively), Metallica 2x (first row last show), Def Leppard 4x, Heart 2x, Bryan Adams 2x, The Tea Party 3x.
• She opened for fellow Canadians Barney Bentall and Rymes With Orange
• Robin drew the Monsters cover.
• She is a Reiki Master Practitioner.
• Only recently learned how to play guitar.
• Monsters was recorded in Toronto, at John Capek’s studio. Rik Emmett played guitar on Power It Through and Two Words.
• Robin carries a guitar pick from Paul Stanley in her wallet.
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