Anwar Robinson

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Anwar Robinson
Birth name Anwar Farid Robinson
Born (1979-04-21) April 21, 1979 (age 39)
Origin Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation(s) Singer, music teacher, actor, songwriter, pianist, producer
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2001–present

Anwar Farid Robinson (born April 21, 1979) is an American singer/songwriter/musician who was the 7th place finalist on the fourth season of American Idol.

After moving with his family from Newark to Montclair, New Jersey in 1994, Robinson attended Montclair High School.[1]

American Idol[edit]

In August 2004, Robinson successfully auditioned for season four of Idol in Washington, DC. He proceeded to the Top 12, but was voted off during the 1970s dance music week on April 20, 2005, after his performance of Earth Wind and Fire's "September".

He went on to tour with the Top 10 contestants of season four and sang for over 500,000 people in over 40 cities in the United States and Canada. He also participated in "Idols In Concert" at the newly built Rrazz Room at San Francisco's Hotel Nikko.

Performances on American Idol[edit]

Week # Theme Song choice Original artist Result
Top 24 (12 Men) Contestant's Choice "Moon River" Andy Williams Safe
Top 20 (10 Men) "What's Going On" Marvin Gaye Safe
Top 16 (8 Men) "What a Wonderful World" Louis Armstrong Safe
Top 12 1960s "A House Is Not a Home" Dionne Warwick Safe
Top 11 Billboard Number Ones "Ain't Nobody" Chaka Khan Safe
Top 10 1990s "I Believe I Can Fly" R. Kelly Bottom 2
Top 9 Classic Broadway "If Ever I Would Leave You" from Camelot Safe
Top 8 Songs from Birth Year "I'll Never Love This Way Again" Dionne Warwick Safe
Top 7 1970s Dance Music "September" Earth, Wind & Fire Eliminated


Robinson took on the role of "Collins" in the 2007–2008 national/international tour of Rent.[2] He starred as Jesus in the Syracuse Stage production of Godspell that ran from November 25 to December 28, 2008.[3]

He made his film debut in The Ski Trip 2: Friends and Lovers as "Owen".[4]

On October 19, 2009, Robinson participated in a salute to Michael Jackson in "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough: Broadway Salutes The King of Pop" at New York City's legendary Birdland.[5]

Robinson's debut album, Everything, was released on January 25, 2011.[6]

Charity work[edit]

On March 2, 2010, Robinson joined Michelle Williams, Musiq Soulchild, Lil' Mo, Tye Tribbett, Nikki Ross & Anaysha Figueroa (both of Kirk Franklin), Nancey Jackson-Johnson, and James Hall under the executive production of Kim Burrell to record "Prayer Song" for Hope for Haiti, composed by Krishnar Lewis.[7] In October 2010, he participated with Yolanda Adams in the Plainfield, New Jersey event where community leaders were trying to break the Guinness World Records for the largest gospel chorus in the world.[8]



  • Everything (2011)


  1. ^ Bruder, Jessica. "Idolatry, But In A Good Way", The New York Times, March 27, 2005. Accessed January 1, 2012. "Raised in Newark by his mother, Elaine Robinson, he began singing in third grade at the age of 8. He attended the Newark Boys Chorus School and, when the family moved in 1994, he transferred to Montclair High School as a sophomore."
  2. ^ Playbill News: "Idol" Finalists Will Join Rent Tour This Fall Archived October 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Jamal, Maurice; Rankin, John; Fleming, Daren; Cruz, Cassandra (2008-07-13), Friends & Lovers: The Ski Trip 2, retrieved 2017-04-28 
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3] Archived January 31, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-08. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
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