Robert began his career at the age of twelve when he started helping his older brother John Barnes move his electric piano to and from gigs and recording sessions. It was during this time that Robert negotiated his first deal, a fee for John to score the music for a television pilot (it was never made), but it sparked the fire that set Robert’s career in motion.
Soon after Robert realized a career in music was for him, he started writing songs and began his managing career by managing high school bands.
The next chapter in Robert’s career would be studying recording engineering. Working in engineering, Robert joined Total Experience Records where he worked with the likes of The Gap Band and Yarborough & Peoples before moving on to Soundcastle Recording in Hollywood. At Soundcastle, Robert worked for Buddy King and Darryl Caseine. He also got additional training from his mentor and five-time Grammy winner Bruce Swedien (engineer for Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Jennifer Lopez to name a few). But the lure of artist management never left and Robert decided to depart engineering to pursue management on a larger level.
Robert’s first management client to find success, after he facilitated their signing with Profile Records, was the rap group Atmospheric World Power (AWP). Subsequently, Robert went on to add songwriters, record producers and film composers to his roster which included: JB Eckl (Santana/Ozomatli /WAR) Robert White (Jody Watley/Robyn/ Brian Austin Green/Louchie Lou & Michie/Gangsta Boogie), L.A. JAY (The Pharcyde / The Good Girls/Brian Green), John Barnes (Michael Jackson/Lionel Richie/Chaka Khan), and Josie Aiello (QWEST Records).
In 1999, Robert’s gift for working with talent and all around knowledge of music lead to an offer to join DreamWorks Records and Music Publishing. While at DreamWorks, Robert helped sign artists and place songs on album projects, compilations, films, television programming and commercials. Among the projects he worked on, the most notable were The Isley Brothers – Contagious (Platinum), Floetry – Floetic (Gold), Jerzee Monet, JS, and Swizz Beatz – Ghetto Stories.
In 2003, Robert decided it was time to revitalize his management company reuniting with many of his past clients and signing some new ones. It was during this time Robert had the opportunity to work with Michael Jackson along with producer John Barnes on unreleased material. Most recently, Robert negotiated a deal for composer Greg Ives to score an independent film currently titled, “Mud Man” and negotiated a record deal for Josie Aiello with Breath of Life Records. New clients include: Mick Guzauski (Grammy winning recording engineer and mix engineer), Yasmine Amari (Australian singer – songwriter), Rose Emanuel (actress, writer, & producer) and Juan Acevedo (Graphic artist & designer, graffiti artist).