Robert Bannon has been seen on stage and screen for the past few decades. Robert is a graduate of William Esper Conservatory for Acting. He studied with Barbra Marchant and also a student of Juilliard Prep at Lincoln Center with Bertin Rowser. He has been a principal on “Saturday Night Live” throughout for the past 3 seasons. He has performed in various musicals such as “Rent,” “We Will Rock You,” “My Way,” “My Big Gay Italian Wedding,” and more!
Robert has performed at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and performed with Patti LaBelle, George Benson, Whoopi Goldberg, and more. His one man show “Unfinished Business” has been performed around the United States including New York’s 54 Below. The show is the telling of his journey being a Juilliard student who gave up music to be a teacher and finding his way back to performing years later.
This year, he has co-hosted the Virtual Sensation “Quarantine, Cabaret, and Cocktails” with Lee Lessack. They have hosted the best of Broadway and Music on Facebook Live and YouTube.
Robert’s Debut album will be out in 2021 distributed by LML Music. Robert is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA & Actor’s Equity.
Where are you based?
How long have you been making music?
I have been making music for over 20 years!
What genre would you consider your music to be?
Pop/ Adult Contemporary/Standards
What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
Ever since I was a kid, all I wanted to do is eat , sleep, and dream about music. It’s been a driving passion. No matter how I’ve tried to run from it out of fear or nerves, I always end up back to my first love! It’s always been about connecting with people through song.
What are your biggest musical influences?
I love the standards. I love singers who arrange and make the lyric and music come together in a magical way. No one is better than Whitney, Patti, Luther! I love Manilow! The most underrated vocalist and arranger. His arrangements are why I wanted to sing!
Are you signed to a label or are you an independent artist?
My album is coming out on LML Music. It is self financed and independent with them as my label and distributor. I am very grateful to Lee Lessack and the team at LML!
What have been the biggest challenges in your music career?
It is such a vulnerable place. Music and art is literally a piece of you. It’s pretty raw. So the intimidation is a huge influence. Yet, it is what makes it so rewarding. Of course, getting people to listen is the number one reason we do it! That is always a fun challenge.
How many songs or albums have you released to date?
We have an album on its way. Early 2021 we will be releasing my debut full album entitled “Unfinished Business.”
Can you tell us a few things about your latest release?
The new video is a cover of “From A Distance” the Bette Midler song written by Julie Gold. This song just jumped out at me since we recorded all remotely “from a distance!”
Any plans for new music or upcoming projects we should know about?
We sure have a lot of new music coming out all year! I have a super secret duet planned. I have music with amazing arrangers and musicians coming out all year! Thanks so much for your time. Follow me on the socials and make sure you stop by and say hey! Be safe! Much love and Happy New Year!