Robert Mizzell’s Nashville Songbook
Robert Mizzell has made Ireland his home for over 25 years. He served his apprenticeship in Country Music since he first arrived here. The father and husband is now one of the top Country Music Artists in Ireland, enjoying huge success all around the country. He has released 15 solo studio albums and 2 full length DVD’s
to date and is constantly touring Ireland and the UK with his band. Robert was voted ‘Ireland’s Favourite Country Music Singer’ in a poll conducted by RSVP magazine.
Robert was born in Louisiana, the Bayou State and raised on the shores of Lake Bistineau near Shreveport. His early musical influences came from his parents, whom both performed in a Church Gospel group. At the age of 17, Robert moved to Connecticut where he worked with his father in the painting and decorating business. He then joined the US Army where he served for a number of years. After his military service he moved to Ireland with dreams of a career in country music.
‘Kick Ass Country’ was Robert’s first major hit, but it was the song ‘Say You Love Me’ that made him a household name in Ireland. More of his hit songs include ‘Mama Courtney’, Two Rooms and a Kitchen, The Farmer,, ‘John Deer Beer’, ‘Louisiana Saturday Night’ and Say You Love Me to name a few…
Robert has recorded many songs in his career, but two of the highlights were in 2010 when he released a very personal, original song, written for him by Henry McMahon namely ‘Mama Courtney’. This tells the story of his upbringing in Shreveport by his Foster Mother. He also recorded a cover of ‘Murder on Music Row’ with top American Country Artist, Collin Raye. Both singles reached the number one position on the European Country music charts during 2010 and remained in the charts for twenty weeks.
Saturday, the 29th of October 2011 was a very special day for Robert Mizzell. He was inducted into Shreveport’s ‘Walk of Stars’ in recognition of his achievements in the world of Country Music. This date is now known as ‘Robert Mizzell Day’ in Shreveport. This was a huge honour to receive, given he is a native son of Louisiana and it is the highest accolade his own home city can bestow on him. Some other people who are inductees are; Elvis Presley (posthumously), Merle Kilgore (who co-wrote ‘Ring of Fire’ with June Carter Cash) and Hank Williams Snr. and Jnr.