“For as long as I can remember, this has always been my dream,” Rob said. “I would make my way all over town singing anywhere I could, sleep in my car, and shower at Opryland Theme park where I once worked.”
It didn’t take long for Rob to start gaining attention, and some key songwriting friends. All that led to the recording studio, where Rob cut his own songs, as well as songs written by hit songwriters Tommy Barnes, Rich Fagan, John Phillips, Rick Tiger and a host of others. Taking time to “study the business” and find his sound, Rob began performing regularly in the honky tonks of lower Broadway, building a fan base and gaining the attention of several record labels.
In 2011 Rob began working with the independent record-label/promotional company Twang Thang Music, and a few weeks ago, released his first song “Walkin’ Over Me To Get To You,” a Tommy Barnes song, which recently jumped from No. 17 to No. 6 on the independent charts.
“Rob is a unique vocalist and fine musician, said Randy Hayford, owner of Twang Thang music. “What sets him apart, however, is the ability to connect with his audiences. Rob is a true entertainer and wherever he performs, he makes his fans feel like they are an important part of his show. The ability to entertain and hold an audience’s attention is what real country music is all about, and Rob certainly understands and displays that talent.”
“Rob is one of the nicest and hardest working guys in Nashville,” former Ray Price guitarist David Langley added. “Great singer and entertainer, and great with his audience, He knows how to get a crowd going
and keep them going. He gets in done like it should be done.”
2012 has already started off big for Rob, as he’s already booked for shows on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, and a 10-day tour in Italy. Matteo Brero from US Entertainment, an event planning company based out of Italy, saw two of Rob’s shows and offered him a chance to play in Italy in September.
In February, Rob began working with Rawhide, an artist management company based out of Oakdale, Calif. States owner Stephanie Medlen-Fulgieri, “The style Rob delivers to his audience has the essence of setting you in the scenery. His voice will set your heart and soul in line so you can truly feel.” She sits back and giggles, “To be quite honest I like his music because it takes me back to a time when you defined an artist by their own ‘twang,’ and loved them for performing honky-tonk music with their own charisma, which is exactly what Rob delivers.”
Music is not the only thing Rob has found success in. Rob was offered and accepted the role of Lacey in the Christian feature film, “Redemption Ride,” a film that was nominated for several awards at the San Antonio Independent Film Festival. The movie also includes Rob singing “If You Open Your Heart To Jesus,” a self-penned song.
Rob has come a long way, from sleeping in his car and entertaining crowds in Nashville’s busiest honky-tonks to booking his first international tour. With a top ten single on the independent charts, a promotion and management team in place, and a live show that is creating a buzz around Nashville, look for Rob to have his biggest year yet.
You can find information on show dates and locations along with his music at www.robskaggsmusic.com
Story By: Summer Rison