When Retha Robinson was a teenager, her parents bought a piano for the family. Retha's love of music was so prevalent, they put it in her room. Retha Robinson is a quiet spirit who is secure in her own talent. Her musical talent speaks volumes even though she has not worked to raise the volume on how really talented she is. When asked about music, she simply says that she developed an interest in music. Pressed further she admitted that she plays four instruments including piano, flute, acoustic guitar and violin, as well as composes and sings. At Muir she performed as part of the show choir and was a member of the school band.
Singing in the choir at First AME Church Pasadena has been the primary outlet for her music for the past ten years. In 2009, the producers of the NAACP Image Awards discovered the young social worker's talent and she was part of the televised performance choir. On Friday, November 20, 2009 she will join Jazz Gospel artist Ron Brown to perform as part of The Journal's 20th Anniversary Celebration.
Robinson graduated from John Muir High School and went on to earn a Bachelors from Cal State University at Los Angeles in Social Work. She followed that by earning a Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University. She is a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) with over 10 years, working for the Federal government counseling veterans. Her interest in Social Work comes from her family's tradition of being caretakers for those in need. As long as she can remember her mother and father were helping others. She also helped the family business while she was in school. The family continues to operate Robinson Manor, a group Home for developmentally disabled adults.
Retha prays that her future will allow her to continue to pursue her two passions of music and being a caretaker for those in need. She dreams of a transitional housing program for young mothers. Her love of music and people are apparent in the soulful sounds of her vocal abilities. That talent will be on display at the intimate setting of the Tournament House in November as The Journal celebrates 20 years on the 20th of November. The theme is: "Lifting All The Voices."
In addition to Retha Robinson and Ron Brown, Blues entertainer, Brother Yusef, will perform. The Journal Anniversary event will be held at the Tournament of Roses Mansion known as the Tournament House and The Journal will highlight its twenty years of service to the Pasadena Altadena area and say thanks to those supporters over the past twenty years.
Tickets are limited. For tickets and more information, please call The Journal office at (626) 798-3972.