Kenny “Keys”Robinson was born on December 1st, 1959 in Queens General Hospital in Queens New York. His father the late Reverend B.T. Robinson pastored the Church of Christ Holiness in Harlem NYC The youngest of ten children, Kenny followed in the footsteps of his older brother Rev. David I. Robinson (pastor of the SHAW AMEZ CHURCH in Amityville L.I. NY, who led a very successful regional contemporary gospel group called “The Robinson Ensemble”. Learning keyboard under his older brother’s tutelage, Kenny began playing in church by age 11. The Gateway 2nd C.O.G.I.G. in Queens NY is where Kenny would spend his formative years as the church’s musician and choir director. Deciding early on to pursue music as a profession, Kenny began taking formal music lessons at age 13.
• Private Piano Lessons with Prof. Ben Marty/ Laura Leon (Queens College)/Yvonne Brown (Colombia University)/Steven Lee (Brooklyn Conservatory of Music)
• Organ Studies with Marian L. Parker (Calvary AME Church)
• Bachelor of Music Program at Queens College – with a concentration in composition and arranging
• The Julliard School (Extension Division) – classes in theory, ear training and composition.
Bethal AME, Rev Woodard, Far Rockaway, NY
Pilgrim Catheral Church, Dr. Roy E. Brown, Brooklyn NY (Keyboardist for the Church’s 17 piece band)
Greater 2nd Baptist Church Rev. E.M. Mallette, Freeport NY
Walker Memorial Baptist Church, Pastor J.A. Bush, MD, Bronx NY
Friendship Baptist Church, Pastor Hilton, New Port News. VA
Queens Street Baptist Church, Pastor Dr. Peter M. Wherry. Norfolk, VA
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Pastor C.V. Russell Jr., Norfolk, VA
New Hope Baptist Church, Pastor Dr. E. Ray Cox, Va Beach, VA
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor I. Joesph Williams, Norfolk, VA
Total Life Christian Center, Pastor Dr. Mark S. Churn, Va Beach, VA
First Baptist South Hill, Pastor Dr. Michael Toliver, Deep Creek, Chesapeake VA