Robin Barnes a.k.a. the Songbird of New Orleans splits her time between her music career and Move Ya Brass, a New Orleans-based fitness company (which will celebrate seven years this summer). This past December, Barnes added motherhood to her resume with the birth of her child, who she endearingly calls Baby Bird.
The jazz singer is clearly a natural and mixes traditional and contemporary sounds seamlessly together. Not only does she command a stage, but can be found across social media, serving as the perfect New Orleans "influencer." She's also worked with brands like Visa and GMC, and is currently a brand ambassador for Evamor Alkaline Water.
The award-winning artist can be found singing across Nola and the globe, hosting fitness events for her exercise-focused krewe, hanging with Move Ya Brass' running and walking group, participating as a celebrity food judge at festivals, and spending quality time with her family. Below a glimpse at her typical day:
After a late night performance, as a new mom, my mornings start at 1 a.m., 4 a.m., and 6 a.m. feeding my sweet baby.
7:00 a.m. I wake up and have tea. My favorites are Traditional Medicinals' Ginger and Throat Coat. I've been recently adding a Gulf Coast tea brand called Gachi—I love being able to support local wherever I can! Tea is a lifesaver after a long weekend of singing. Depending on my mood, chill or energized, I’ll put on my "Woman in Jazz" or "Soul on Fire" Spotify playlist, turn up the music, and sit out on my gazebo to watch the sunrise.
7:30 a.m. Meditation. I’ve learned a lot from my dear friend and meditation guru Summer Suleiman. Breathing and taking in all the blessings of my life, while looking forward to what’s in store for this new, beautiful day. Then I check on my music socials and reply to fans. I always love feeling connected to my Songbirds and starting my day on a positive note.
8:00 a.m. Eating some pastries from my favorite bakery Levee Baking Co—my favorite pastries are called Kouign Amann but I call them "Queenies"!! Addicted!! While enjoying my "Queenie", I start a conference call with my manager. We recap my weekend performances, discuss upcoming shows, update my website, plan new projects and collaborations. I released my new single "You Give Me" a few months ago and my 2020-2021 goal is to release more music, including my next album.
9:00 a.m. Off to Saturday’s Bounce Ya Brass class at City Park by my fitness company Move Ya Brass. It’s my time to get up and dance! I created the Move Ya Brass movement to be a fun and positive fitness experience that embraces New Orleans culture. As a musician, it’s so important to me that we use New Orleans music in our classes! We want to take people off the sideline and into the second line with us, from our running group every Monday to a variety of fitness class offerings throughout the week such as Bounce Ya Brass, Twerk Ya Brass, and Stretch Ya Brass. Our weekly community classes are free, thanks to our non-profit Make Your Move and our many supportive partners.
Move Ya Brass also offers private fitness classes for events and bachelorette parties. We love working with our clients to create a special New Orleans fitness experience, whether they be local or visiting from out of town! A portion of proceeds from private classes is given back to Make Your Move to continue funding our free community classes.
10 a.m. Back home to feed Baby Bird and relieve my amazing husband and uber talented bass player, Pat Casey. I’ll put her in my LalabuBaby shirt and we dance around the house to Irma Thomas, Ella Fitzgerald and Norah Jones. Maybe a little bit of Beyoncé too!
10:30 a.m. Wrapping my last calls and work emails. Running two businesses is no easy feat but I have an AMAZING team of people who understand my vision and support my passions. Whether playing music with my band or running groups through the park, I want to create and be a part of something that is bigger than myself. I truly believe in radiating positivity and creating experiences that make people happy—it’s what I strive to accomplish with my music and with Move Ya Brass.
11 a.m. I’ll have another show later tonight, so for the rest of the afternoon it’s all about songwriting, playing with Baby Bird, and enjoying my family.