Updated: May 12
Robert IMtume Owens, tell me a little bit about your background. Where are you from, and how did you get started in music? I’m from South Central LA. I started at the age of 7 in
the church choir.
What is your vocal range? I’m a Natural 1st tenor.
When did your professional career begin, and how did it happen? My career began in 1987 when I won the Budweiser Showdown 2 years in a row. The second year I was competing, one of the judges was a Smooth Jazz Recording artist who sighed with Optimum Records. He asked me to sing lead on the title cut of his forthcoming CD. The song Charted #14 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts … and I’ve never looked back
What challenges do having your own independent label have? Finances.
In your opinion, what does it take to “make it” in this business? Dedication, Knowledge of the game, and being able to reinvent yourself.
In your opinion, what's the best and worst part of being an independent artist? The best part is not having to sacrum to the ebb and flow of the industry; the worst part is not having global resources and marketing budgets.
Have you ever released a song that you thought would be a major success but didn’t do as well as you expected? Tell me about an experience you had like that.
Yes, My Single “ In wanna go back,” released in 2018, we felt has all the elements that we like, and to this day, it is well received, but due to the lack of real exposure, it’s still a new song.
Do you have a daytime job, or is music your full-time job? I’m a private Chef for a Client.
How important is it that your friends and family support your music by purchasing and downloading your single, and how crucial is their support for the success of your career?
This is the age of downloads, Streams, and merchandise. Our friends, family, and fan base must be involved.
How do you feel about the concept of likes and dislikes on an artist's social media music-related post? Is that an accurate assessment of the artist's talent, worth, or ability? I’m cool with it.
What have people who have heard your music say about your vocal style that sets you apart from other vocalists? Smooth, Sexy, and Sultry.
If you could speak to your fans from your heart and tell them one important thing that you want them to know about being an independent artist, what would it be? Thank you for all your support, love, and inspiration. I’m just getting started, and I’ve got many more musical stories to share.
What advice would you give to new artists entering the changing industry?
Stay true to the game and “Don’t Give Up.”
If you could speak to DJs from your heart and tell them one important thing that you want them to know about being an independent artist, what would it be? Thank you for the platform you provide for us as you play our music next to the “ major” artist. Thank you, and Keep The Music Strong.
How would you describe your music to those who have never heard it?
Real music is about life, love, joy, and pain.
Do you write and produce your own music? Yes.
What does it feel like to be an Independent Artist? Share your heart with our readers.
Freedom of expression and creativity.
How do you prepare yourself mentally for public opinion (either positive or negative) when you’re preparing for a new song release? As far as performance, mixing, and mastering is concerned, I do my best. I put it out and move on to the next creation. I don’t trip.
Have you ever felt so discouraged in this business, for whatever reason, that you just wanted to throw in the towel? Yes.
How many singles/albums do you have out presently, and what is your favorite album/song to date? I have five singles and one Gospel Cd. My favorite is a song I recorded with the las Vegas Mass choir called “ Talk To Me.”
Tell me about your latest album/ song and what was your inspiration behind it. Is it out now, and where can people buy it? My new Single is Titled “ Don’t Give Up. “It is simply about a guy who is so busy that he has neglected his lady, and another guy steps in and says, “ Don’t Give Up” on our love because he can't do the things I do.
All photos are courtesy of Robert Itume Owens
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