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"... Robert Sims ... stunning, dazzling, and sublime.”

Chicago Tribune

"Baritone Robert Sims, who made his Carnegie Hall debut in the Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall on Sunday afternoon, has made it his mission to keep alive the African American folk music tradition. As a performer, Sims displayed a warm, beautifully schooled lyric baritone voice, impeccable musicianship, attractive stage presence and fine interpretive skills. He knows how to meet the special stylistic requirements of this material. Sims gave us an afternoon to remember."

The New York Amsterdam News

"Sims performed with intelligence, dramatic intensity, purity of tone, impeccable stage presence, warm resonance and voice quality, instantly reminiscent of the young William Warfield."

The Chicago Crusader

"Baritone Robert Sims is a robust, poised performer with style to burn. He has a notable ability to float a limpid falsetto. Sims is at his best in African-American songs of praise. You May Run On, Little Boy and Is There Anybody Here Who Loves My Jesus were electrifying, authentic and poignantly moving. Sims' faultless diction and career-quality musicality make him an impressive performer." [Enmark American Traditions Competition]

The Island Packet

"Sims is an exceptional musician whose voice is brilliant, and he penetrates into the abyss of his lower register with a rich, luxuriant tone and soars into the heights of his high tones with ease. His projection of his florid passages is dexterously wonderful."

Chicago Defender

"Baritone Robert Sims made "Ol Man River" his own, no mean feat with this famous showstopper. By devoting close attention to the lyrics, rather than trying to plumb the song's sonorous depths, Sims captured a rippling forward movement. Sims may have pulled the long straw of the night with "Pick Yourself Up." As Michael Morgan reminded the audience, President Obama is fond of quoting the song's advice about dusting yourself off and starting all over again. With his face and voice aglow, Sims was unmistakably thrilled to perform what has become, 73 years after it was written for "Swing Time," a 2009 presidential theme song."

San Francisco Chronicle

"Robert Sims definitely has the range and power that “Ol’ Man River” requires…..the audience went wild over him."

San Francisco Classical Voice

"... Sims' swaggering A Woman is a Sometime Thing and jaunty I Got Plenty O' Nuttin showed plenty of vocal and interpretive power."

The Richmond Times

“Sims caressed the audience with high notes that seemed to hang endlessly in the air. When Sims wants to wow, all you can do is sit back, stare dumbly and shake your head in disbelief.”

Savannah Morning News

"Duke Ellington's My People ... exceptionally well sung by Robert Sims."

Chicago Tribune


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