Singer, Guitar & Sax player - plays a wide variety of music styles... Jazz, R&B, Pop, Blues, Country, Folk... Deep silky smooth vocals are his signature... but every now and then he throws in a gritty blues song or an uptempo country song or a silly novelty song just to break things up and keep it interesting.
Wedding Singer / Band
Robert was a delightful man. Did a beautiful job of creating ambiance at our event
Thank you Robert and Marg for taking time out of your weekend on June 24th to be available to play at our wedding. Our music helped make our day even more amazing, from song choices to your smiling faces, we were ecstatic to have you apart of our day.
Steph and Todd
People who attended the Seniors Tea at the 2016 Sooke Fine Arts Show loved Robert K's "Call the Tunes" We received comments like, "Thanks for Robert K. What a beautiful voice he has. The sax was played beautifully, as well." We'll ask him to perform again at the Show
Robert K is a gifted artist. When I contacted him he quickly discussed details and booked the gig. Then he spent time personalizing our song list and talking with me to get to know us. He even wrote us our own song and made a wall placard which is so perfect.
Robert K was the perfect addition to our special day, you can tell he truly loves what he does and embraces it with the zeal of someone passionate and kind.
Thank you Robert K!
We had the good fortune to have Robert K perform at our restaurant, The Oaks, this Valentine's Day. He really came through for us by being flawlessly professional; producing attractive posters, promoting the night to all his contacts, being easily reachable to discuss details, and being punctual the night of.
His performance really hit the right chord with all of our customers. It was a refreshing balance of entertainment without being intrusive. Being able to request their favourite songs from a list of over two-hundred was a lot of fun for our guests and did not interrupt their intimate evening. Robert has a great stage presence, as he neither commands attention, nor does he fade into the background. The audience can choose their own level of participation.
Robert is a truly talented musician with a wonderful voice - he knows what he's doing!
We hired Robert to perform at our 30Anniversary/50th Birthday Bash in August. We could not have been more happy with his performance. Robert's relaxed and friendly manner, wonderful voice, and wide range of sound and song selections did much to make the party a resounding success. Our guests were most impressed. We will definitely hire him again!
We had Robert K and his Trio play at our Christmas party. They did a wonderful job and we received numerous compliments on our choice of performers. Everyone from young children to adults to seniors enjoyed the music. It set a wonderful tone for our event and I'm certain we'll have them back.
Response from Robert K:
Thanks for the nice review. We would love to play for you again anytime.
What a super evening. Deep, rich voice....personable.....all the great songs that we all know so well. And one beautiful song that he wrote himself. If you get the chance to see this very talented performer, take it. You won't be disappointed. We were fortunate enough to see him at Evedar's in Langford. The food and ambiance and Robert K made this a truly memorable experience.
Response from Robert K:
Brian, Thank you so much for your kind words... it was a real treat to play for you. I look forward to seeing you again soon.
On July 19, 2014 - a little Ghost Town was to have its Leechtown 150 Commemoration. With a lot of work and flurry the event which was to unveil a new monument as the original and rebuilt monuments of the past were destroyed and in derelict condition, on private land and unreachable by the public many objectives were to be met. Partnering up with CRD Parks, permission was granted to erect the monument at Kapoor Park a stones throw from the original Cairn and right at the Confluence of the Sooke and Leech River. With permits and a lot of work and help the event took shape. VIPMA was honored with receiving acceptance by the Honorable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia to co-unveil the monument with Mr. Bruce Chaytor, President of VIPMA. With busloads of selected guests bused up the Galloping Goose Trail, those who are young and have the energy to walk or ride the trail, and the many who came in through CRD Water Board by pre-arrangement and special permit, witnessed the ceremony, Her Honor was suitably piped in by her Piper, escorted by Bruce Chaytor, the Sooke RCMP, a Red Serge and flags flying high. Once seated Robert K sang to the heavens above and the crowd Oh Canada and at the end of the ceremony he honored our special guest, the Queen's representative, Her Honor Judith Guichon by singing God Save the Queen. As our MC was not well, Robert K also stepped in and took over the duties of the MC. Robert K is one of the finest human beings one can find. He and his wife Margaret mingled with the crowd, and he enjoyed special moments with Her Honor Judith Guichon; and VIPMA is forever grateful for that special touch Robert K brought to this historical event. Robert K has a beautiful voice and on that day the Sooke Hills were alive with music, honoring history of the discovery of gold at the confluence of the Sooke and Leech Rivers and paying tribute to the many different livelihoods that were supported by Leechtown over the last 150 years. No other voice could have resonated through the Sooke Hills such as that of Robert K. Forever Grateful. Thank you.
Response from Robert K:
Thank you for this lovely review... It's much appreciated.
When you have lived a life, and reconnect with another and decide at the age of 60 to get married, you usually elope and do it. It didn't go that way for us, the community wanted a party a big wedding, and so we had by today's standards a decent wedding, held in a local hall, decorated to the T - but one thing was missing : I need a wedding song. There are all kinds of wedding songs, but I wanted one that truly spoke of our love and how it happened, and no other song would do but "It Was Over When You Said Hello" and did Robert K ever do this beautifully on his own with guitar. Even where I fouled up as I was so nervous to get to where my beloved was; Robert K just finished the song when we signed the documents. I had also the pleasure of Robert K. entertaining with strumming his guitar and humming songs to entertain the guests before the wedding. After the dinner, the dance was on, and the selection of tunes was phenomenal. I know I danced the night away, and loved the performance, as did many of the guests, who did comment on Robert K and the performance. What I found about Robert K is he gets into your groove, he just knows what works.
We have had the pleasure of bringing Robert-K in to entertain our customers at Evedar's Bistro in Langford on many occasions and bring him in regularly because our customers thoroughly enjoy his music and let us know they enjoy his silky voice and his choice of 'popular' songs. I appreciate how he engages the audience, encouraging them to select their favourite songs, while not infringing on the intimacy of their dining experience. Personally, as an owner and a server I love knowing he will be performing because I know that not only will the customers be entertained, I will too! On behalf of our entire team and I know I speak for our customers - We highly recommend Robert-K!
Response from Robert K:
Thank you so much for this wonderful review - Evedar's is like a second home to me. I love playing there, really enjoy the staff & even though I don't eat when I play I know how much my wife (and your customers) enjoy the great food. Evedar's really is one of Langford's hidden treasures.
What to Expect
Equally comfortable in a concert setting or in a lounge, Robert K's silky smooth voice, affable personality, sense of humour and personal warmth make him an immediate fan favourite.
In a concert environment his wit, humour and wonderful story telling, as well as disarming conversation with the audience draws people in and makes everyone feel like they are with a friend.
In a lounge environment his easy listening style and broad appeal sets a soothing, intimate mood. It's easy to carry on a quiet conversation with friends or just sit and listen. His sound is very resistant to listener fatigue and always leaves patrons smiling.
For over 40 years Robert K (aka Bob Nelson) has been entertaining audiences on Southern Vancouver Island. He started his musical journey as the guitarist/vocalist in the Brigham Bros. Band, a top 40 trio that did the Legion circuit in the 70’s.
His next project was as the bass player/vocalist in “Vintage Rock & Roll Band,” Victoria’s top show band in the late 70’s & 80’s. Bob, better known to many as “The Big Bopper” made the transition from being the bass player to being the band’s Tenor Sax player. His energy, humour and rich vocals made him a fan favourite.
Then came a 14 year stint as the Bass singer in the well known local A’capella (Rock-a-pella) group, Cornerstone. His unmistakable bass voice, sense of humour, and abilities as a composer and arranger provided the foundation for the group’s sound.
In more recent years Robert K. has applied his talents to recording… first recording his own album, “Just Me” (under the name “Bob Nelson”) and then producing and engineering albums for other local artists. He has more recently been seen as the drummer/vocalist in the The Blue Moon Band.
This multi-talented musician has now embarked on another project.
In his own words: “Finally, now that I have the freedom, it’s time to get serious about the thing I love the most… my music!” Robert K has always been known for his bass voice as part of a group but has recently been working hard to polish his unique style as a lead vocalist. From the enthusiastic response he’s receiving from his fans he’s got the right idea. This singer, and multi instrumentalist, is also an accomplished song writer and usually mixes an original song or two into each of his sets.
When fans are asked who Robert K sounds like, the consensus has been: “a combination of the deep soulful voice of Barry White, combined with the richness of Roger Whittaker and the smooth sound of Nat King Cole.” Add to his smooth vocals some tasty tenor sax solos, versatile guitar playing and his engaging and friendly personality, Robert K’s music provides variety, that always leaves his audiences feeling good!
Additional Booking Notes
Technical requirements are minimal. Robert K usually travels with his own PA for gigs up to 300 people. For larger gigs he needs at least 4 channels in the PA with a good reverb and digital delay to warm up the sound. (more channels when playing with a keyboard player or a band)
Only basic lighting is required.
Past Booked Events
|November 16, 2017 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|June 03, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 01, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
Here's a partial Song List:
1. 18 Year Old Birthday Blues (original)
2. 59th St. Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy)
3. Ain’t Misbehavin’
4. Ain’t No Sunshine
5. All I Have To Do Is Dream
6. Another Saturday Night
7. At Last
8. Autumn Leaves
9. Behind Closed Doors
10. Big Yellow Taxi
11. Black Orpheus
13. Blue Moon
14. Blueberry Hill
15. Bring It On Home To Me
16. Change is Gonna Come
17. Crazy Love
19. Deep Purple
21. Dock of the Bay
22. Feed Jake
23. Fire & Rain
24. Five Senses (original… Jazz)
25. Fly Me To The Moon
26. Folsom Prison Blues
27. For What It’s Worth
28. Funny How Time Slips Away
29. Gambler, The
30. Garden Party
31. Georgia On My Mind
32. Ghost Riders In The Sky
33. Girl From Ipanema
34. Give Me One Reason to Stay Here
35. Golden Earrings
38. Harlem Nocturne
39. He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother
40. Hello Again
42. Home From The Forest
43. Hotel California
44. I Believe in Music
45. I Got Rhythm
46. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
47. I Only Have Eyes For You
48. It’s Impossible
49. Joined Together At The Heart (original)
50. Joy to the World (3 Dog Night)
51. Kansas City
52. Keeper of the Stars
53. King of the Road
54. Last Farewell, The
55. Leader of the Band
56. Leaving On A Jet Plane
57. Lessons In Love (original)
58. Lord Mr. Ford
59. Love Me Tender
60. Love Potion #9
61. Mac The Knife
62. Midnight Hour
64. Mohair Sam
65. Moon Dance
66. Moon River
67. Moon Shadow
68. Mr. Bo Jangles
69. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
70. Oh Darling
71. Ol’ Man River
72. Over The Rainbow (Somewhere)
73. Quiet Nights & Quiet Stars
74. People Get Ready
75. Poison Ivy
76. Rainy Night In Georgia
77. Rumba Man
78. Satin Doll
79. Scarborough Fair
80. Scotch & Soda
81. Six Days On The Road
82. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
84. Stand By Me
87. Superman Song
88. Sweet Home Alabama
89. Swingin’ Shepherd Blues
90. Take Five
91. Take the A Train
92. The Great Pretender
93. The Letter
94. The Rose
95. The Weight
96. To Make You Feel My Love
97. Two Sleepy People
98. Up On The Roof
99. Walk Don’t Run (Duo w/Roger)
100. Walking On A Country Road
101. The Way You Look Tonight
102. We Played Heart & Soul (original)
103. What a Wonderful World
104. What Are You Doing New Years
105. You Had Me From Hello
106. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
Influences & Inspiration
Nat King Cole, James Taylor, Sam Cooke, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Barry White, Roger Whittaker, Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies)
Usually bring my own gear...
Bose L1 speakers
SoundCraft EFX8 mixer
I always bring my own mics