Robyn Bennett, the American turned Parisian, is back with a new opus of original songs. After more than 200 concerts throughout Europe (France, Belgium, Switzerland, England, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Greece …) and still accompanied by her band, Bang Bang, she delivers a sumptuous sophomore album « The Song is You ».
The red-headed beauty, daughter of university professors grew up in Pennsylvania (USA). Music and dance have always been a big part of her life. She started jazz and ballet lessons at only 3 years old, piano lessons at 6, trumpet at 10 and she sang regularly in different choirs. Her early influences were eclectic, including Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Fleetwood Mac, Harry Connick Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Willie Nelson, Billy Holiday and Billy Joel.
Robyn’s love of music, dance and the stage led her to musicals, performing in productions of «West Side Story», «Carousel» and «South Pacific». After high school, she left her small, rural town and headed for New York University where she studied in the musical theater program for two years. Having a hard time finding balance in the big city, seeking out calm and open spaces, she then continued her studies at the prestigious Vassar College where she graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts.
Having always been attracted to France and French culture, Robyn packed her bags and went to Paris to get a Masters degree in French literature at the Sorbonne. In 2006, she settled definitively in Paris and a new adventure began. She joined the cast of the musical « Cabaret » (Dir. Sam Mendes) which played for 2 years at the famous Folies Bergères theater. Dance captain of the cast, she also played the role of Texas and understudied the lead role of Sally Bowles.
It was during this production that Robyn met the jazz trombone player, Ben Van Hille. The chemistry they had together was instantaneous. The energy and emotion they shared on stage was infectious, and they decided that they had to make music together. Robyn Bennett and Bang Bang is born !
After two self-produced albums comprised mostly of cover material (Bang Bang in 2009 and Live Until You Die in 2011), they put their songwriting skills together to create their first album of original songs. « The Wait « is released in 2013 and is a real success ! A true melting pot of the music of New Orleans today: blues, funk, country, soul and rock, with jazz as the thread tying it all together.
This year, on April 8th, the band unveils « The Song is You » a second album, more polished and open to an even wider audience. Jazz influences are still present, but the « pop » aspect becomes more important. Rock and swing, soul and funk come together for a powerful shot of musical energy ! Irresistible rhythms, melodies that stay in your head and explosive horns are all in there. Surely Robyn is the best person to speak about it :
« This album is about empowerment, about knowing who you are, about being confident in the choices you make, and not succumbing to the pressures of society or caring about what other people think. It's about being positive, open, and knowing that the answers lie within you. We are affirming a style, affirming a sound, and there is so much positive energy in knowing that you're doing the right thing. That you're living life to the fullest, the way you want to live it, and not by anyone else's rules. »
Robyn Bennett & Bang Bang is: Robyn Bennett (vocals) ; Ben van Hille (trombone) ; Max Mastella (guitar) ; David Pouradier Duteil (drums) ; Gino Chantoiseau (doublebass) ; Julien Raffin (saxophones) !