Shades of Love
Robert's musical influence started as a child, listening to his dad play country western, bluegrass and country music every Sunday morning. On Sunday afternoons his Jitterbug dancing momma played ragtime, blues, big band and jazz; with a heavy shot of church going music in between. Growing up, Robert had a liking for all types of music from Rap to Musicals, Rock to Classical and World Music. Yet, there is no denying, that Rhythm and Blues, Motown, and Soul resonates deeply with him; while, the sounds of his African/Portuguese roots in the Cape Verde Islands still are heard over a bowl of munchupa and gufongo. . He was the lead singer of one of New England's award winning bands, The Dearly Beloved. Later he formed an R&B group called the Illusions. His bands played on the same stages as Tommy Dorsie and Smoky Robinson and served as house bands at places that Mitch Ryder and the Four Seasons performed. With such influences, variety and diversity, Robert adds to his own compositions the emotions of love and fear and the feelings of joy, sorrow, ecstasy and pain of all living things creating a unique style of his own. All his songs he may not have lived, but you may have!