b. Robert F. Brookins Jnr., 7th October 1962, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.
d. 15th April 2009, Elk Grove, California, U.S.A.
Robert Brookins was a respected singer, songwriter and producer.
Born in Sacramento, California, Robert began singing at the age of four.
At five years old, he was playing drums and by the time he was nine he was playing keyboards.
By the Eighties he had learned to play the bass, guitars, along with various horn instruments.
In 1974, he won the Motown Records Soul Search competition with his group Little Robert and the Fondeles.
afterbach 'matinee' - 1981 / in the night - 1986
Robert then joined the group Afterbach, in 1981, along with his brother Michael (guitars), and sang lead vocals on the ARC Columbia album 'Matinee'.
The album was produced by Maurice and Verdine White of Earth Wind And Fire.
As a teenager Robert performed in front of Ronald Reagan at the White House in Washington prior to becoming a prominent producer on both the West and East Coast of America during the mid '80's.
In 1986 he was the featured singer on the George Duke album 'George Duke', following which he signed to MCA as a solo artist where his debut solo album 'In The Night' (1986), included 'Come To Me' and the Stephanie Mills duet 'In The Night (Making Love)'.
let it be me - 1988 / something you can make love to - 2002
'Let It Be Me' followed in 1988, including another Stephanie Mills duet 'Where Is The Love'.
As a writer and / or producer he has worked with The Reddings, Bobby Brown ('Seventeen'), Jackie Jackson, Stephanie Mills, Deniece Williams ('Blind Dating'), Jeffrey Osborne ('All Because Of You') and The Whispers ('Innocent').
Robert kept a low artistic profile throughout the Nineties, but released a further album in 2002, entitled 'Something You Can Make Love To'.
Robert Brookins passed away from a heart attack on the 15th of April 2009. He was 46.
In The Night (MCA Records 1987)
Let It Be Me (MCA Records 1988)
Something You Can Make Love To (MusicSoft Works Records 2002)