Robin Bramlett, born and raised in Bakersfield, CA, is a bassist, recording artist, producer, musical director, arranger, and songwriter who is primarily self-taught; however, she took music theory classes at Bakersfield College under the instruction of Dr. John Gerhold to further improve her musicianship. Her early musical experiences included the piano that was a staple in the family home to taking up the electric bass guitar, rhythm guitar, and then eventually keyboard, upright, and piccolo bass.
When she was 13 years old she began playing bass at a church where sometimes she was the only musician that showed up to play. This led to her desire to play in a church band that played the music very similar to the gospel recordings she played along with as a young child and when she was 18 years old she found that church band. Under the direction of the late Don Hicks and Donald Factory she began her growth into the musician she was always striving to be and this led to many more opportunities to play in different situations throughout her budding career.
For 10 years she served as the musical director for the all female jazz ensemble, Jazz In Pink, under founder and keyboardist Gail Jhonson which led to her performing with notable artists such as Althea Rene, Karen Briggs, Jeanette Harris, Kim Scott, Mariea Antoinette, Chelsey Green, Paula Atherton, Cindy Bradley, and many others. She has also performed with other notable artists such as Nona Hendryx, Ledisi, Maysa, Kandice Springs, Miki Howard, Chrystal Rucker, JJ Hairston, Kurt Carr, Vashawn Mitchell, Jonathan Nelson, Klymaxx featuring Cheryl Cooley, Alanis Morrisette, and many others as well. Robin has also played on notable jazz festivals such as the Playboy Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz Super Cruise, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Long Beach Jazz Festival, and many others. Robin is also the bassist for Camille Brown and Dancer's Black Girl Linguistic Play and she most recently performed with the dance group at the prestigious Joyce Theater in New York City, New York.
Influenced by the piccolo bass sounds of the late Wayman Tisdale in 2013 she released her debut project, This Is My Life, which spawned two radio singles, Square Biz (Teena Marie cover) and her own composition, Sunny Skies, which features saxophonist Darren Gholston. Robin's upcoming album, Level Up, is currently in production and is due to be released late 2023 or early 2024. The first single from that project, Inside My Love (Minnie Riperton cover), was released in October 2022 and is currently being played on many radio stations across the world. The single also stayed on Smooth Jazz Network's top 100 for a few months after its release.