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Name: Robert Owens
Music Style: Soulful House
Outlar-Listed Events: 1
Outlar Cross-references: Frankie Knuckles, Larry Heard, Photek, Luke Solomon, Onionz, Mutiny, Pete Heller, Atjazz, D Ramirez, Thomas Tuft, The Real House Martins, Giles Smith
Robert Owens Intro:
Though electronica has always been a producer's medium (and the few vocalists keeping their head above water are usually woman), Robert Owens
became one of the figures most associated with the late-'80s golden era of Chicago house. Born in Ohio in 1961, he grew up singing in the church, but was working as a DJ when he met pioneering Chicago producer Larry Heard
in 1985. The pair formed Fingers Inc. with Ron Wilson, and released a few excellent singles ("You're Mine," "It's Over") and the 1988 full-length Another Side.The group dissolved soon after, though, as Heard's burgeoning solo-production career (as Mr. Fingers) took over.
Owens had already released tracks on his own - "Bring Down the Walls" and "I'm Strong" for Alleviated, with production from Heard - and he signed a solo contract with 4th & Broadway. His 1990 LP Rhythms in Me was a solid effort, though it soon disappeared within the quickly disintegrating Chicago house scene. (One of his best-known features of the late '80s, the epic house moment "Tears," appeared under the names of Frankie Knuckles
and producer Satoshi Tomiie.)
Owens had basically retired from music by the early '90s, preferring instead to run his own Christian bookstore. By 1996, he'd returned to dance music with Ordinary People, a two-part EP for Musical Directions. He teamed up with Tomiie and Cevin Fisher for a track from Tomiie's Full Lick LP in 1999, and one year later Owens appeared on the Photek
smash "Mine to Give."
Past Robert Owens Events ( 1 Listed )
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