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Hamilton Magazine Cover
Robyn was on the front cover of the Hamilton Magazine in the Fall 2003
was feature on local jazz artists modeling Hamilton fashion.
CD Release Party
*Robyn had her first CD Release Party on Friday, July 4, 2003 at Hamilton
Place Studio Theatre. The night was a great success. There was over
180 people in attendance who loved Robyn's performance. She sold many
CDs that night and more importantly expanded her fan base. Robyn would
like to thank everyone who supported her on July 4, for the celebration
of Robyn's first Jazz and Blues CD.
songs are produced and arranged by Robyn herself and recorded at Reaction
Studio in Toronto. This CD is NOW available.
FOR MY BABY
the last ten years I have had the pleasure of performing with many singers
that cover a broad range of styles and influences. Robyn Pauhl is without
a doubt the most talented young singer I have had the opportunity to
work with. She exhibits a great level of maturity as well as a depth
of expression that is rare in many vocalists, even twice her age. She
already has a strong personal style and I'm looking forward to hearing
her and working with her in the years to come.
Robyn is one of the most talented people I have seen in my
many years of playing. As a teacher and a friend of Robyns, I
have seen first hand her persistence and her developing maturity as
a singer and a musician. I know that Robyn is ready for the world and
the world is ready for her!
"Robyn's dynamic voice can warm you like hot chamomile with
a spoonful of wild honey. Her instrument can effortlessly stir you...
fast or slow. Spice? of course... whether you like it hot, cool and
refreshing, sweet or spicy, Robyn quenches all thirsts with her sultry
delivery, diverse musicality and impeccable technique."
"Robyn's voice, versatility and professionalism are all way beyond
her years. I'm so excited to be working with her at this early stage
in her career; and can hardly wait to see the adventure that lies ahead
of this very talented young artist!"
Ive been listening to Robyn with the Hamilton All Star
Jazz Band over the last few years and have heard her improve steadily
from the beginning. Shes handled these sessions with professionalism
that belies her youth. Its been a pleasure to work with her and
this great young rhythm section on this recording.
Robyn is listening! Whether we are playing music or talking
about it she is all ears. A musician who is not afraid to do things
her own way. Very driven and focused both in performance and growth.
Hamilton's Robyn Pauhl
Does It Her Way On New CD
By Graham Rockingham- The Hamilton Spectator
Robyn Pauhl is just 19 and she's already learned that if you want something
done right, you've got to do it yourself.
So when she decided
it was time to record her first album, Pauhl took it upon herself to
pull together a band of top-notch musicians, select the songs, arrange,
and produce them. The Hamilton teen, who will be showing off her work
at Hamilton Place Studio Theatre Friday night, has done it all like
a seasoned pro.
"It's all me,"
Pauhl says about the nine songs of traditional jazz and blues standards
on One for My Baby. "I figured that to get something happening,
it had to be done myself. People don't just walk up to you and offer
you things. It's just the way I wanted it done and it came out perfectly.
Pauhl sings with
the power, range and poise of a much more experienced performer, whether
to the sultry Latin rhythm of Duke Ellington's Caravan, the rollicking
barrelhouse blues of Little by Little, or the sentimental Judy Garland
favourite Over the Rainbow.
The title track,
Harold Arien's One For My Baby, ties it all together into a package,
songs about relationships, some good, some bad, and hope the next one
will be that works.
It helps, of course,
to get an early start. Pauhl started her singing career at the age of
11, winning top honours at local singing competitions, including the
Ontario Country Music Association's Rising Star Award, and the Canadian
National Exhibition's Country Singing Contest. She has opened shows
for George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Michelle Wright, Prairie Oyster and
Pauhl's also attending
Humber College in Toronto full time, entering her second year of a three-year
diploma program in jazz vocals this September. She commutes from her
mother's home in Hamilton. While other students flip hamburgers to help
out with expenses, Pauhl plays jazz gigs and records CDs.
Although she started
out as a child country singer, Pauhl caught the jazz bug while at Westmount
Secondary under the tutelage of Russ Weil, founder and director of the
Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band, quickly climbing to the position of lead
vocalist before leaving the band for Humber College.
In February, she
went into Toronto's Reaction Studio with six hand-picked musicians from
the local scene for three six-hour sessions. Pauhl made the decision
to record live from the floor.
"In a lot of
rock and pop songs, the band records their bed track and then the singer
overdubs after them," she explains. "I wanted it to have more
of a live feel so I recorded in a separate booth while the band was
playing. We recorded a couple of takes of each song and that was it.
I wanted to play off each other. It's jazz."
The recording technique
allowed for plenty of room for creativity. Some of the soloing is superb.
Adrean Farrugia is another graduate of the All-Stars whose contribution
on piano is outstanding, especially on the opening track Midnight Sun
and the closer One For My Baby. Mike Malone, who teaches jazz at Mohawk
College, commands a trumpet that complements but never crowds Pauhl's
piercing voice. Darren LaChance's guitar brings the band down to earth
for the bluesy Someone Else is Steppin' In. Mark Inneo, on drums, and
Mark McIntyre, on bass, keep the package as one. The power of Dee Kaye's
voice on the duet Little By Little helps push Pauhl out of the traditional
Pauhl has never
been a follower of fashion. While her junior high school chums were
following the latest TV-created pop star, she was chasing Patsy Cline.
As her peers graduated to alternative rock, Pauhl was listening to Ella
Fitzgerald and Chet Baker. She now admits to a secret love of classic
rock, Steve Miller, the Eagles, that sort of thing.
"In five years
time, I could change to something else," she says of her varied
musical tastes. "It's just like being an actor, you don't have
to be a comedian for your entire career. I've done country. I've done
jazz, blues, Latin funk ... at my shows at bars I play rock and blues,
so I do everything. I don't want to be restricted doing just one style."
Robyn Pauhl's single recording "I Saw Him Standing There"
is a remarkable cover of a legendary Beatles song. At nineteen years
old, she has left an incredible impression on the music industry. Lee
Pincus from GPS Music Group; New York (Publisher of many legendary artists
such as Patsy Cline and the Beatles) had this
to say after hearing Robyn sing 'I Saw Him Standing There':
"I think the
question is not whether Robyn Pauhl is as good a singer as Lee Ann Rimes,
but whether Lee Ann Rimes is as good a singer as Robyn Pauhl."
states that Robyn will be " Canada 's Next Star" and Bruce
Guthro raved about her "great pipes". Cliff Dumas states "what
a great Canadian talent -- look out for Robyn Pauhl."