Those endeared towards the golden age of Chicago House will no doubt be familiar with the work of Robert Owens.
With more than twenty years experience as a vocalist, songwriter, producer and DJ behind him, Robert has not so much contributed to the scene as helped define it. Born in Ohio in 1961, Robert grew up singing gospel in the church. However, it was at block parties and club nights that Robert started to make a name for himself as a DJ, and this led him to meet pioneering Chicago producer Larry Heard in 1985.
Along with Ron Wilson, Robert and Larry formed Fingers Inc, and soon released a series of tracks including "Mystery Of Love" and the seminal production "Can You Feel It". This cooperation also culminated in one of house music’s first full-length albums, Another Side released by Jack Trax in 1988 and remastered and reissued on Heard’s Alleviated label last year.
After releasing Another Side, the group disbanded to pursue solo careers. By this point, Robert had already released a handful of tracks on his own and signed a solo contract with 4th & Broadway, and soon released tracks including ‘Bring Down the Walls’ and ‘I'm Strong’ for Alleviated, with production from Heard.
In 2000, Robert Owens appeared on the Photek hit "Mine to Give.” He has also collaborated with Coldcut on their album Sound Mirrors and Rob Pearson on the single "Escape from the Madness" released on Plastic City in 2007. Remaining true to his roots, Robert spends most of his time playing out across the globe. If you haven’t had a chance to see him perform yet, make sure you’re down at Ministry of Sound to witness the full force of his impassioned vocals for yourself.