Friday, June 13, 2008

Robert Brookins

Robert Brookins (born Robert F. Brookins Jr. on October 7, 1962 in Sacramento, California) was an R&B singer\songwriter/producer from the 80s.

He began singing when he was 4 years old, playing the drums at 5 years old and playing keyboards by the time he was 9 years old.

As a teenager, Robert performed in front of Ronald Reagan at the White House in Washington, D.C. In 1974, he won the Motown Records Soul Search competition with his music group, Little Robert and the Fondeles.
In 1981, he joined music group, Afterbach with his brother, Michael (who played guitars) and sang lead vocals on the album, "Matinee." In 1986, Robert was a featured singer on George Duke's self-titled album. He later signed to MCA Records.
During that same year, he released his debut album, "In the Night" which didn't appear to make the Billboard album charts.
The first single, "Our Lives" peaked at #95 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
The follow-up singles, "Come to Me" and "If You Only Knew" were released, but didn't chart. Stephanie Mills appeared on the album on the track, "In the Night (Making Love)."

Robert has written & produced songs for artists such as Bobby Brown, Jackie Jackson, the Reddings, Deniece Williams, the Whispers, and Jeffrey Osborne. He also played keyboards for George Howard, Ramsey Lewis, Nancy Wilson, Roy Ayers, and Stanley Clarke.
In 1989, Robert released his sophomore album, "Let it Be Me" which peaked at #37 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, a cover version of Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway's hit song, "Where is the Love" with Stephanie Mills, peaked at #18 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Don't Tease Me" peaked at #39 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. During the 90s, Robert kept a low profile from the music business.
In 2002, he released the album, "Something You Can Make Love To." It's unknown how or if the album was successful. He even toured with Earth, Wind & Fire as the musical director.

Sadly on April 15, 2009, Robert passed away of a heart attack at the age of 46. His last musical project, "Sweet Dreams" was completed before his death.

Robert Brookins was a talented musician and will not be forgotten.

To see a fan-made video for "Our Lives," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Come to Me," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "If You Only Knew," go to:

To see the music video for "Where is the Love" with Stephanie Mills, go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Don't Tease Me," go to:

[updated on 02/23/13]

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