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Robert Owens

voc, bvoc, *1961 US, Chicago
Singer / Songwriter / Producer of Dance
A.k.a. Robert James Owens Kheral Musical Directions Tayus

Owns the label Musical Directions Though electronica has always been a producer's medium (and the few vocalists keeping their head above water are usually women), 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 ("A Path", "Mystery Of Love", "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".

     
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Backing Vocals
  • Bass guitar
Genres
  • Dance
  • Electronic
  • R&B/Soul
  • Rock
Popular Tracks   
If You Want It - Original Mix on If You Want It by Lempo & Robert Owens
I'll Be Your Friend - Original Mix (2011 Remastered Version) on I'll Be Your Friend by Robert Owens
Set Free - Edit on Set Free by AndMe & Bastian & Robert Owens
Be Ready on Be Ready by Robert Owens & Pepper Gomez
Be Your Own Hero - John Gazoo White Shoe Remix on Compost Black Label #78 by Robert Owens
I'll Be Your Friend - Glamourous Mix on Dance Vault Mixes - I'll Be Your Friend by Robert Owens
Always (ft robert owens) - Trackheadz Vocal Mix on Always by Robert Owens
I'll Be Your Friend - DEF Mix on Dance Vault Mixes - I'll Be Your Friend by Robert Owens
Set Fire To It - Franck Roger Remix on Set Fire To It by Momento (AU), Robert Owens & Franck Roger
Take Me - Fear E's Juno What Mix on Take Me by Queer On Acid & Robert Owens

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Let Me Help YouThe Groovin Beats Ensemble Ft Robert Owens2019Album
Warehouse EPRoberto & Jamie Anderson feat. Robert Owens2019Album
Looking For YouPixel 82 Feat. Robert Owens2018Album
I Come To You E.P.Robert Owens & Ale Castro Feat. Stephanos2018Album
Everything / SunshineNhan Solo & Robert Owens / Mat.Joe2018Album
Slipping Into Darkness / As You Are EPAndrew Soul Ft. Robert Owens2018Album
The Feelings FactoryCatz N' Dogz Feat. Robert Owens & Joseph Ashworth2018Album
24-7Daniel Haaksman Ft. Robert Owens + K.Zia2018Album
This TimeOurra Feat. Robert Owens2017Album
The Other ManJanne Tavi Feat. Robert Owens2017Album
Pass Me ByPete Herbert & Martin Denev Feat. Robert Owens2017Album
Pass Me ByPete Herbert & Martin Denev Feat. Robert Owens2017Album
A Better MeAnt LaRock Featuring Robert Owens2017Single
DowntownK-Alexi Feat. Robert Owens2017Album
Back (Kölsch Remix)Harry "Choo Choo" Romero Feat. Robert Owens2016Single
This Is What It Feels LikeD-Compost, Leandro Silva Feat. Robert Owens2016Album
Holding OnRobert Owens2016Album
I Came 2 JackNerdjack Ft. Robert Owens2015Album
Love / ReleaseRobert Owens2015Album
Good DayCompost Allstars Featuring Robert Owens2015Album
I Wanna Fixation EPLeftwing & Kody Feat Robert Owens2015Album
Never Get It TwistedAlex Flatner & Blue Amazon Feat. Robert Owens2015Album
A Day's RealityFelix Dickinson Feat. Robert Owens2015Album
MistySoul Clap Featuring Robert Owens2015Album
Good DayCompost Allstars Featuring Robert Owens2015Album
Give It To MePunks Jump Up Feat. Josh Caffe & Robert Owens2015Album
House PartyCN Williams Feat. Robert Owens2015Single
Believe In YouDeep88 Ft Robert Owens2014Album
Back 2 Me - The RemixesRobert Owens2014Album
Brighter DayHorixon Feat. Robert Owens2014Album
To BeRobert Owens2014Album
SlideRoy Davis Jr. Feat. Robert Owens2014Album
Some PeopleSimoncino Feat. Robert Owens2014Album
InvisibleCircle Of Funk Featuring Robert Owens2013Album
What Love Sees/Watching Over MeRobert Owens, Rui Da Silva2013Album
Fly FreeRalf Gum Feat. MPO2012Album
Midst Of The Moment / I'll Be Your Friend (Soul Clap & Gadi Mizrahi Remix)Mike Gill feat. Robert Owens2012Album
Tomorrow Can WaitLuca C & Brigante Featuring Robert Owens2012Album
Say The WordJet Project & Robert Owens2012Album
Sacrifice (Kai Alcé Distinctive Remixes)Robert Owens2012Album
Keep The FaithBCee Ft. Robert Owens2012Album
Candlelight EPMercury Feat. Robert Owens2012Album
Our House RemixesOrgue Electronique Featuring Robert Owens2012Album
Pushin EPJakkin Rabbit Ft. Robert Owens2012Album
Slipknot RemixesTube & Berger Feat. Robert Owens2012Album
Trusting MeKris Menace Featuring Robert Owens2012Album
Show MeTodd Terry Vs. Robert Owens2012Album
One ThingStrip Steve Ft. Robert Owens2012Album
CelebrationTJ Kong & Russ Gabriel featuring Robert Owens2011Album
One TearRobert Owens2011Album
RA.EX030 Robert OwensRobert Owens2011Single
ClaritySnuff Crew Featuring Robert Owens2011Album
You AreHugo Barritt Ft. Robert Owens2011Album
Art Remixes EP 1Robert Owens2011Single
One Body - Interpretations E.P.Robert Owens2011Album
ArtRobert Owens2010Album
Deep Down ( Chocolate Puma Remixes)Robert Owens2010Single
Where Were YouTJ Kong & Nuno Dos Santos feat. Robert Owens2010Album
Deep DownRobert Owens2010Album
Right NowFreaks Vs Robert Owens2010Album
Greater Love (2010 Remixes)DJ Spen & Robert Owens2010Album
Loosen UpThe Jinks Feat. Robert Owens2009Album
SilenceFunky Soldiers & Robert Owens2009Album
Gone Too FarKarol XVII & MB Valence Feat. Robert Owens2009Album
Twilite PeopleGene Hunt ft. Robert Owens2008Album
Night-time StoriesRobert Owens2008Album
ReflectionsDan Berkson & James What Feat. Robert Owens2008Album
Keep OnDan Berkson & James What Feat. Robert Owens2008Album
Inside My WorldRobert Owens2008Album
UntitledRobert Owens2008Compil.
Happy / Never Give Up (Remixes)Robert Owens2008Album
Black ManGianluca Pighi Feat. Robert Owens2008Single
Deep DownRon Trent Featuring Robert Owens2008Album
FallingKid Massive & Robert Owens2008Album
Come TogetherUnknown Artist Feat Robert Owens2007Album
MergingTJ Kong & Nuno Dos Santos Featuring Robert Owens2007Album
Escape From The MadnessRob Pearson vs. C-Soul Feat. Robert Owens2007Album
Movin' OnRobert Owens & Ron Trent2007Album
A Greater LoveRobert Owens & DJ Spen2007Album
Keep It Real / A Tale Of Two CitiesDan Berkson Feat. Robert Owens / Sasoto2007Album
Love Someone (Original And Slope Mixes)Atjazz Featuring Robert Owens2007Album
The Energy (Goes Round & Round)Robert Owens vs. Rob Mello2006Album
I Need (The Remixes)Marc Romboy vs. Robert Owens2006Album
Walk A Mile In My ShoesColdcut Featuring Robert Owens2006Album
You Can't Fight ItEast River Rituals Featuring Robert Owens2005Album
Just Won't DoSandy Rivera Meets Robert Owens2005Album
AlwaysQuentin Harris & Robert Owens2005Album
LongingRandom House Project & Robert Owens2004Album
Take Me BackKoma & Bones Featuring Robert Owens2004Album
I Go BackHarry "Choo Choo" Romero Featuring Robert Owens2003Album
Living A LifeThe Ks Featuring Robert Owens2003Album
Different Drum (Remixes)London Elektricity & Robert Owens2003Album
Last Night A DJ Blew My MindFab For Feat. Robert Owens2003Single
Inside Your LoveHarley & Muscle Featuring Robert Owens2003Album
Only In Your EyesUschi Classen With Robert Owens2002Album
Never Too LateRobert Owens2002Album
Things That Make You Feel GoodRobert Owens2002Album
Love Will Find Its Way (The Best Of)Robert Owens2002Compil.
RemixesPanjabi MC / Fab For Feat. Robert Owens2002Album
Dream Girl / Bringing Down The WallsPierre's Pfantasy Club / Robert Owens2001Album
Can't StopBlock 16 With Robert Owens2001Album
So Into YouRobert Owens2001Album
My Dreams (Remixed By Total Science & High Contrast)London Elektricity Versus Robert Owens2001Album
My DreamsLondon Elektricity Versus Robert Owens2001Album
BrightRobert Owens2000Album
Low LifeLayo & Bushwacka! feat. Robert Owens2000Album
A Thing Called LoveMr. C & Robert Owens1998Album
DarknessSatoshi Tomiie Feat. Robert Owens & Cevin Fisher1998Single
Bring Down The Walls / Your Only FriendRobert Owens / Phuture1997Compil.
Love Will Find Its WayRobert Owens1997Album
High HopesRobert Owens1997Album
The JourneyRobert Owens1996Album
Ordinary People (Promo One)Robert Owens1996Album
Album SamplerRobert Owens / Mystic Bill / Jackmaster Dick1996Album
Come TogetherMichael Watford & Robert Owens1995Album
Joint Venture E.P.Sensory Elements / Dope Fiends / Robert Owens1995Album
The StatementRobert Owens1994Album
All Night LongRobert Owens1994Album
Up & AwayDavid Guetta Featuring Robert Owens1994Album
Was I Here Before?Robert Owens1993Album
Last TimeRobert Owens Presents Fayleine Brown1992Album
Too Much For MeRobert Owens1992Album
Gotta WorkRobert Owens1992Album
I'll Be Your FriendRobert Owens1991Album
I'll Be Your FriendRobert Owens1991Album
I'll Be Your FriendRobert Owens1991Album
Rhythms In MeRobert Owens1990Album
Far Away / HappyRobert Owens1990Album
VisionsRobert Owens1990Album
I'm StrongRobert Owens1987Album
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