Real Name:
Robert James Owens
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Owns the label Musical Directions
Though electronica has always been a producer's medium (and the few vocalists keeping their head above water are usually women), Robert Owens became one of the figures most associated with the late-'80s golden era of Chicago house. Born in Ohio in 1961, he grew up singing in the church, but was working as a DJ when he met pioneering Chicago producer Larry Heard in 1985. The pair formed Fingers Inc. with Ron Wilson, and released a few excellent singles ("A Path", "Mystery Of Love", "It's Over") and the 1988 full-length "Another Side" .The group dissolved soon after, though, as Heard's burgeoning solo-production career (as Mr. Fingers) took over.

Owens had already released tracks on his own - "Bring Down the Walls" and "I'm Strong" for Alleviated, with production from Heard - and he signed a solo contract with 4th & Broadway. His 1990 LP "Rhythms in Me" was a solid effort, though it soon disappeared within the quickly disintegrating Chicago house scene. (One of his best-known features of the late '80s, the epic house moment "Tears," appeared under the names of Frankie Knuckles and producer Satoshi Tomiie.)

Owens had basically retired from music by the early '90s, preferring instead to run his own Christian bookstore. By 1996, he'd returned to dance music with "Ordinary People", a two-part EP for Musical Directions. He teamed up with Tomiie and Cevin Fisher for a track from Tomiie's "Full Lick" LP in 1999, and one year later Owens appeared on the Photek smash "Mine to Give".
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SRLM 2095 Robert Owens - Only For Dee Jays album art Various Visions Various - Only For Dee Jays(12", Promo) Ricordi SRLM 2095 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
Robert Owens - Gimme Shelter (Dance) album art Various Gimme Shelter Various - Gimme Shelter (Dance) EMI, Food UK 1993 Sell This Version
XYZ-001 Various I'll Be Your Friend Various - Happy Traxx(12", Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label XYZ-001 UK 1994 Sell This Version
DJ TRX 003 Robert Owens - House That Trax Built Vol II Album Sampler album art Various Bringing Down The Walls Various - House That Trax Built Vol II Album Sampler(12", Smplr, W/Lbl) Trax Records DJ TRX 003 UK 1996 Sell This Version
Robert Owens - Reworked album art Marascia Too Much For Me Marascia - Reworked (Comp) Illegal Gathering, Illegal Gathering UK 1996 Sell This Version
Robert Owens - Paradise Garage album art Various Last Time (DJ Pierre's Late 70's Club Mix) Various - Paradise Garage Pschent France 1997 Sell This Version
JON-2 Robert Owens - Untitled album art Various I'll Be Your Friend (10,000 Leagues Under N.Y.C.) Various - Untitled(12", W/Lbl) Not On Label JON-2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
Robert Owens - Millenium Accapellas album art Various Darkness Various - Millenium Accapellas Millenium Accapellas US 2000 Sell This Version
DMM 457 Robert Owens - Classic Mixes (Volume One) album art David Morales I'll Be Your Friend (Original Def Mix) David Morales - Classic Mixes (Volume One)(2x12", Unofficial) House Legends DMM 457 UK 2000 Sell This Version
DPU 1003 Robert Owens - Dipiu' album art Various Inside Your Love Various - Dipiu'(4x12", Promo) Dipiù DPU 1003 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
GF 004 Robert Owens - Tools Pt.4 "The Preachers Of House II" album art Various Darkness Various - Tools Pt.4 "The Preachers Of House II"(12", Unofficial) Goldfinger$ Inc. GF 004 2003 Sell This Version
SKY010 Robert Owens - Classic Mixes (Volume One) album art Frankie Knuckles Tears Frankie Knuckles - Classic Mixes (Volume One)(2x12", Unofficial) Skyline Records (19) SKY010 UK 2003 Sell This Version
SKY020 Robert Owens - Classic Mixes 2 album art David Morales Visions (Def Mix) David Morales - Classic Mixes 2(2x12", Unofficial) Skyline Records (19) SKY020 UK 2003 Sell This Version
Robert Owens - The Kings Of House album art Masters At Work I'll Be Your Friend (Perfecto Mix) and 1 more… Masters At Work - The Kings Of House (Comp) Rapster Records, BBE US 2005 Sell This Version
Various Just Won't Do (Sandy Rivera & Andy Daniell 'Back To Black' Mix) Various - Blackwiz Miami 05 Limited Sampler Blackwiz Records UK 2005 Sell This Version
HEDK048 Robert Owens - Back To Love 03.05 album art Various I'll Be Your Friend (Original Def Mix) Various - Back To Love 03.05(2xCD, Comp) Hed Kandi HEDK048 UK 2005 Sell This Version
Robert Owens - DJ-Kicks album art Henrik Schwarz Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Henrik Schwarz Remix) Henrik Schwarz - DJ-Kicks (Comp) Studio !K7 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
WSR 015 Various Never Too Late Various - Extremely Rare Accapellas (Vol. II)(12", W/Lbl) West Side Records (USA) WSR 015 US 2006 Sell This Version
MM 135B Robert Owens - Fuse Presents Shinedoe (Sampler 2) album art Shinedoe I Go Back (Wink Hypnotic Interpretation) Shinedoe - Fuse Presents Shinedoe (Sampler 2)(12", Smplr) Music Man Records MM 135B Belgium 2007 Sell This Version
ITH26CD Robert Owens - In The House album art The Shapeshifters* Tears (Classic Vocal) The Shapeshifters* - In The House(2xCD, Comp, Mixed + CD, Comp) ITH Records ITH26CD UK 2008 Sell This Version
none Robert Owens - In Other Words album art Ian Pooley Learn Ian Pooley - In Other Words(CD, Album, Promo) Ministry Of Sound none Germany 2008 Sell This Version
JOSS 015 Robert Owens - Come Together (Inc Original Robert Owens Vocals) album art One Soul Many Bodies Come Together ( Original Vox ) One Soul Many Bodies - Come Together (Inc Original Robert Owens Vocals)(12", Ltd) Joss House JOSS 015 UK 2008 Sell This Version
WHBTR 01 Robert Owens - Your Mind (Passion) album art Jackmaster Hater Your Mind (Passion) (Ron Hardy Edit) (Mix 2) and 1 more… Jackmaster Hater - Your Mind (Passion)(12", Unofficial) Warehouse Box Tracks Records WHBTR 01 US 2008 Sell This Version
WHBTR 02 Robert Owens - Your Love (Original Unreleased Version) (Female Vocals) album art Jackmaster Hater Passion (Extended Undreleased) Jackmaster Hater - Your Love (Original Unreleased Version) (Female Vocals)(12", Unofficial) Warehouse Box Tracks Records WHBTR 02 US 2009 Sell This Version
REB046 Robert Owens - Rebirth Unreleased Vol. 5 album art Various Right Now (Silver City Remix) Various - Rebirth Unreleased Vol. 5(12", Ltd, Promo) Rebirth REB046 Italy 2010 Sell This Version