Robert Barnett was born in the mid sixties and grew up in a large music loving family. His earliest musical memories are of his older sisters playing Hey Jude by The Beatles. Throughout childhood, Robert was exposed to a wide variety of music ranging from Classical, Country, Rock, and Folk to Electronic, Indie, Punk, and Jazz.
As a child, Robert was memorized by music. His mother said any time she played music on her Magnavox console stereo, he would drop everything and sit transfixed in front of it. Not only did the music pique his interest, the machine reproducing it fascinated him. In exploration on what made the music “happen” Robert kept pulling the needles out of his mother’s coveted Magnavox. To keep him away from it, his mother bought him a little kiddie record player. Robert found a screw driver and took it apart. He just had to see how it worked. Over time, and after several dismantled record players, Robert figured out how to put them back together.
When Robert was 19, he acquired a used keyboard, drum machine and four-track recorder. For several years, he made experimental recordings but dreamed of writing and recording his own pop songs. At 25, Robert joined a local LA band called November as their keyboardist. They played several gigs around the LA area including The Roxy and Luna Park. In 1995, Robert quit November and left LA for Chicago where he studied Visual Communications/Multimedia. Once in Chicago, Robert set up a full home Digital Audio Workstation with the intent to write and record his own songs. Over the years, he made several demos but life and work always got in the way of completing them. In 2004, Robert moved to rural Arizona. He set up a new studio in his home and spent the next several years writing and recording half-baked demos.
In 2017, after noodling around with the guitar for a few years, Robert wrote his first release. He was determined to finally get his music out there. After 8 months of writing and recording, Hello Mister Kerr was released on April 8, 2018.
Robert describes his music style as, “unapologetic pop“. His style is upbeat, melodic, and full of harmony. He is currently working on his next release and plans to keep on making music.