Discusses Working with Erica Campbell, Robin Givens and Going Through A Relationship Experiment
Very soulful in personality and vocal ability, Keith Robinson displays his artistry in every aspect of his career. From major films to your local tv screen, he remains present in this ever-changing industry. As of late, you can catch him in the series Saints and Sinners every Sunday at 9pm EST on BounceTV. Over the years, the show’s audience expanded, along with their soap opera-style storylines. Well into the third season, the show is a leader on the network.
Robinson recently expressed his gratitude regarding the shows growth. He graciously stated, “all of us are pretty pleased with it. It seems like there’s a real fanbase developing every year. We’re happy to be in the mix.”
One of the show’s signatures is celebrity guest spots. Stars range from rapper, David Banner, to Love and Hip Hop’s Karlie Redd. When asked about his favorite guest star, Robinson immediately responded with renowned actress Robin Givens.
Givens will be reprising her role as Wilhelmina Hayworth, the seedy hospital administrator overseeing Tamara Calloway’s mental institution case. Robinson expounds on his time working with Givens, saying, “I’ve had a lot of fun working with her. She’s a legend. Her character is perfect. You’re going to see a whole other side of her character that you don’t expect this year. I’m excited to see how the fans respond to her.” Givens is working hard, also pulling double duty over at the series Riverdale as well.
Another notable Keith Robinson collaboration on the show was with Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell. The gospel superstar was a feature on Season 1 of Saints and Sinners. Her single with Keith Robinson, titled “Keep Holding On,” is included on the show’s soundtrack.
Robinson reflected on the recording process of that song, saying, “It was cool. She recorded her part before mine. Polo Da Don produced the record. It was an honor to work with her.”
Robinson emphasized how much of a priority music is in his career. He recently released his first full length album, Love Episodic. “It’s been received very well so I plan on making as much music as I possibly can.”
The album, a lively ode to early 2000s R&B, holds Robinson’s true passion and ambition. Love Episodic lacks the self-deprecation or minimalistic production of today’s R&B tunes (eg. Daniel Caesar, SZA, H.E.R.). Robinson presents an energetic art piece made of equal parts fantasy and infatuation.
The lead single, “Never Be You,” is out now and will be accompanied by a short film starring Robinson and comedian, Tony Rock. He is also co-directing the short film with director, Juice Bigfellow. Robinson excitedly provides more detail on the concept of the short film saying, “What happens when you force detachment from something you’re emotionally connected to, for good or bad?”
“I kind of derived it from a lyric in the song, the grass being greener on the other side and finding out that everyone [who] told you it was, lied. We took this journey of this young man, Keith Sings, played by Keith Robinson who is in the middle of a rocky relationship that he separates his self from while he’s working. He has an epiphany as he’s watching Coming to America. The scene where Arsenio and Eddie Murphy are interviewing girls to find his queen.”
“There will never be another person you can replace that person with. He realizes that I gotta go home to my girl. Eddie Murphy is played by me and Arsenio is played by Tony Rock.“ The film is aptly titled, The Greener Grass Experiment.
In addition to his album rollout, Robinson has a number of other films and writing projects in the works, His passion for behind the scenes production as well as acting and singing keeps Robinson motivated. He’s been a part of some major productions, including Dreamgirls and All Eyez On Me.
When asked about his many opportunities, Robinson states, “It’s necessary. In order to stay relevant and stay employed you have to be proactive as far as chasing and developing great material. Overall I just want to contribute great bodies of work. Just quality work that reflects the culture, that makes an impression on them, good or bad. I think that as artists that’s what we do. That’s what our goal is and I just want to continue to do that as much as I possibly can.”
This interview has been edited and condensed.