by Steena Hymes
A year since moving to Nashville to pursue a music career, Angelica Robinson is well on her way to making her dream a reality with the release of her first album titled, “Where I’m From.”
Though she is making her big city dreams come true, Robinson, a Fayetteville native, hasn’t forgot her roots. With her first EP, she is bringing a piece of Fayette County to Music City with a collection of songs dedicated her hometown.
Robinson wrote each song on the album and said she wanted to create a picture of growing up in a small town.
“I just wanted to show people what it’s like here and just how simple it is,” she said.
Those familiar with Fayetteville will connect with songs like “Friday Night Lights” – about the Whitewater High School football team – and “Down that Dirt Road” – about Rowland Road in Brooks.
Robinson said, with each of her songs, she puts her heart on the table and tell stories that people can relate to.
“I just write really honest songs,” she said. “It’s just vivid, real stories about my life.”
Robinson, a Whitewater High School graduate, moved to Nashville a year ago and in a year’s time has managed to write and record her first album – a feat which takes many others years to accomplish.
Upon visiting the city one summer, Robinson said she was determined to raise enough money to get there.
“It just felt right,” she said.
Robinson said she literally sold everything she owned, took the money and moved Nashville to get to work on her music career.
Thanks to the popular fundraising website, Kickstarter, Robinson was able to raise the money for her studio album within weeks. Her initial goal was $2,500, but, after just a month of writing and sending out support letters, she raised nearly double her goal on Kickstarter.
Robinson was able to take the money raised and put it towards voice, guitar, and song-writing lessons, in addition to funding her album at the independent record label, Black Arrow Records, who recorded her album.
Robinson considers herself as a country musician, which she said even surprises herself as she is primarily attracted to blues music.
“My heart has always been with blues, but country is in my soul,” she said.
Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, and up-and-coming artist Cam are just a few of the musicians who Robinson looks up to.
Though she has left Fayetteville, Robinson said she has made a conscious effort to not lose her values or roots in the big city. Her album dedicated to her hometown is a way to say thank you to a community who has generously supported her dream, Robinson said.
She credits Fayetteville as being the soul of her music, but being in Nashville has developed tremendous growth in her singing and writing talents she said.
“When you’re constantly around creative people all the time, it really makes you grow as a person,” she said.
Robinson came back to Fayetteville last month to host an album release party at Twisted Taco for friends and family who have supported her journey to Nashville.
Robinson said the past year has been surreal, but her mother and grandmother said they are not surprised by her recent success.
“I knew when she was six years old she’d be a singer one day,” mother Jennifer Robinson said.
Her grandmother Angela Chapman said she has been “fearless” through the entire process, showing determination and eagerness.
“I think it shows her strength and her intelligence to be able to do that,” Chapman said.
With her music career just beginning, Robinson said she isn’t concerned with becoming famous and instead just wants to make music that others will enjoy and connect with.
“I’m more proud of her character than anything else,” Jennifer Robinson said. “As far as I’m concerned, she’s already achieved what’s she’s needed to.”
“Where I’m From,” produced by Carson Creative, can be purchased on Itunes and accompanying music videos are in the works, Robinson said. In 2016, Robinson and her band will be heading out on a radio tour in the Southeast hitting five major cities in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.