Musical Influences – Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band, Grateful Dead, Jackson Browne, The Eagles, Charles Mingus, Ron Carter, Steely Dan, Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Bob Seger, James Taylor, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Third Day, Mercy Me, Matt Redman and the Davis Crowder Band.
Every note that Robbie plays is filled with passion and conviction. He has astounding versatility demonstrated in his ability to play so many styles of music. The most unique aspect of his playing is how he chases the melody in each song and compliments the lead vocals. Robbie’s improvisation on the bass gives the Paul Paoli Band its distinct sound. His creative input can be heard in each of the band’s original songs.
Robbie started out playing the guitar at the age of 8 and continued playing into his early teenage years. He ended up picking up the bass guitar out of a desire to have a different sound. At a church right next door to where he lived in Flushing, the Music Director planted the seeds of playing in music ministry. Robbie heard God’s call and answered it. This began what would turn into many years of serving the Lord playing at church services and coffee houses around the Queens neighborhoods. He was taken back by the spirited singing of the people and his personal faith in Jesus Christ began to grow. Some years later his neighbor on Long island (also a gifted musician) invited Robbie to play bass at a Christmas concert. The flame was rekindled and since then Robbie has been playing bass in his home church since 1998. In addition to playing in the worship band, he accompanies the 60 plus member choir and orchestra.
Robbie also played in secular bands throughout the years which honed his skills and helped develop his signature style and sound. His uncle was a recording engineer with RCA Victor Records. Years ago Robbie was blessed to record in the same studio as the Jefferson Airplane and the king of Rock ‘n Roll himself, Elvis Presley. Robbie has drawn on the many musical influences of his past ( players such as Berry Oakley, Tommy Caldwell, Phil Lesh, Chris Squire and others) to take the Christian music he is playing today to a different level.
Robbie’s passion and enthusiasm inspire the other members of the band to serve the Lord with joy. Robbie is especially thankful for his wife and two children. Thinking back to when he first met his wife, Robbie recalls, “to find a woman who was in tune with all I loved was truly a blessing from God!” Today, music is still Robbie’s deepest focus in his service of God. He is passionate about getting the “Good News” out to as many people as possible.