Robert McCarther is a singer/songwriter whose smooth vocals and ability to “swing” is bound to set anybody’s stage on fire. A native of Detroit, Robert has performed in clubs and private venues throughout Michigan, Florida, Louisiana, Canada and Illinois. This man is no newcomer to the stage. His credits include leading roles in Ron Milner’s off Broadway acapella musical. “Seasons Reasons”, Dee Dee McNeil’s 1999 musical play “After Hours: Great Music”, a jazz play, also written by Dee Dee McNeil, and directed by Edward G Smith. “Swinging with the Spirits”, (a tribute to the historic jazz voice of Ed Love) and the 2003 Odellic group production, “Trouble In Paradise Valley”.
Robert’s father, Louis Barnett was a popular saxophonist. For a time, Robert toured as lead vocalist with his father’s sextet throughout Michigan and in Canada. He was also part of the well-respected vocalese group, “The Broadnax Voices”, who sang much of the original music of founder/songwriter Morris Broadnax.
Robert is an active member of his church, choir and praise team and a harmonic studio background vocalist. He has worked with Sonny Stitt and has been a featured vocalist with such greats as Marcus Belgrave, Ken Cox, Teddy Harris, Dwight Adams, Donald Walden, Buddy Budson, Marion Hayden, Dick Cisto, Kamau Kenyetta and a host of other well-known musicians. In August 2018, Robert was the featured vocalist at a Jazz festival honoring Lionel Hampton in Louisville, Kentucky. He also performs as a solo act vocalizing in many Michigan clubs. Robert’s most recent appearances include the Steinway Gallery, Bakers Keyboard Lounge, Jazz in Paradise (A Private annual event), Cliff Bells, to name a few.
After many years of selfless sacrifice for his family and a victorious fight with stage 4 cancer, Robert McCarther has released his 2nd highly anticipated, newly released CD “Stranger In Town”.
Here is more evidence that Detroit is one of America’s great jazz cities – and it’s not just a historical fact – it’s living proof in vocalist Robert McCarther. McCarther’s band including Kamau Kenyatta, Vincent Bowens, Curtis Taylor, Dwight Adams, Alex Rogowski, Marion Hayden and Thaddeus Dixon are more confirmation of Detroit’s living and lively jazz power. McCarther has integrated painful and joyous life lessons into his music, his voice and most of all, his phrasing. If you are looking for a singer to take the place of Leon Thomas or Bill Henderson for your programming, look to Detroit’s Robert McCarther. And, if you’re looking for a CD with well-balanced and well-played acoustic arrangements, “Stranger In Town” is for you, your station and your listeners.
Linda Yohn, WEMU 89.1
Buddy Budson – Keyboards
Marion Hayden- Bass
Brandon Williams- Drums
Dwight Adams – Trumpet