Robbie Madison is a gospel and jazz singer and multi-instrumentalist. He was born and raised in the Lowcountry and now works as a music director and worship leader with Seacoast Church. He also frequently performs with other local artists at bars and restaurants around town.
Q: What made you want to plant your roots in the Lowcountry?
A: Growing up in Charleston, I studied music at the Charleston School of the Arts and so I was always surrounded by artists, dancers, actors, pianists, etc.
I grew a deep hunger for creativity and expression, and coincidentally it became the norm for all of us who were nurtured and raised in this arts program.
The city became a special place for me as I was able to enjoy professional performances at the Gaillard Auditorium, the Sottile Theatre, Charleston Music Hall, to name a few among the many musical venues.
Q: Have you been working on a project that you’re excited about?
A: I have been working with Seacoast Church ... worship leaders on a CD that will be released this fall. We did a live worship concert where I had the privilege of leading a song called “You Are With Me” by Martin Chalk and Brandon Lake.
Q: What’s your signature style?
A: I would say that I have two signature styles: jazz and gospel. Jazz has seemed to fuse with my other styles of music, it has been something very natural.
I have been drawn to, and working towards, the preservation of scat singing, or vocal improvisation.
Q: What encourages you to keep doing what you do?
A: Performing gives such a unique satisfaction that cannot be simulated through anything else, but even greater than the performance for me is connecting with people through art.
There is literally nothing like it. I have lived in South America for quite some time. Before I learned to communicate in Spanish, I had an immediate connection that went beyond words. This connection always is my encouragement to continue producing and expressing my heart with others.