Music: Robin McKelle

After smooth chanteuse Robin McKelle was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, her sales ranking on the Amazon charts went from around No. 90,000 to No. 5 in just three hours. The NPR attention also help McKelle’s Modern Antique album earn a No. 6 entry on

Gossip Girl soundtrack. Volkswagen commercial. MySpace primo placement. There are any number of ways for a new artist to get their big break these days, but the key for a Jazz artist might just be getting profiled on National Public Radio. After smooth chanteuse Robin McKelle was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, her sales ranking on the Amazon charts went from around No. 90,000 to No. 5 in just three hours. The NPR attention also help McKelle’s Modern Antique album earn a No. 6 entry on Billboard’s national Jazz charts. Already a smash in Europe (where she has performed at several major festivals), Modern Antique has helped raise the profile of McKelle’s crafty, velvety Jazz sound (which includes remakes of Steve Miller’s “Abracadabra” and Nina Simone’s “Go To Hell”) considerably. McKelle makes her first Cincinnati appearance this Sunday at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are just $10.

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