Robby Scharf has been involved with music since he was a young boy. In fact, you could say it’s in his blood. His grandfather, Harry Scharf, played live percussion for silent films in Newark, NJ. His father, Eddie Scharf, played drums in the Catskills, and Robby started playing bass in bands when he was 14. One of his first bands was Longfellow, which featured a young Shaun Cassidy on lead vocals. Robby went on to study music at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Robby was signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1979 with the Santa Barbara band, D.B. Cooper, and has since played bass for many great artists including: Jim Messina, Jan & Dean, The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Mark Lindsay, Mickey Dolenz, Leslie Gore, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Bobby Rydell, Tommy Sands, Eddie Holman, The Cowsills, The Pranks, and The Wild Honey Orchestra.
Along with Robby’s creative side, he also has a passion for the business of music. As Manager of A&R at the artist management firm Patrick Rains & Associates, his clients included: Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Aimee Mann, Marcus Miller, Joe Sample, The Crusaders, Wendy & Lisa, Breakfast Club, Gino Vannelli, Vonda Shepard, Charm Farm, & Jon Brion.
As President of Music at Hemdale Communications, and then with his own company Runaway Productions, Robby reversioned foreign animation for the American market, which involves stripping the audio track from existing animation and rebuilding it from scratch.
All the while, Robby was composing and supervising music for films, including 14 documentaries for Cancervive, a non-profit organization helping survivors of cancer.
Robby’s been involved in the Pro Audio/Music Industry business for the past 20 years, spending the last 12 years as a Key Account Manager at Sennheiser/Neumann.
Robby’s in his 34th year of being a Coach with Special Olympics, and is always looking to make a difference in people’s lives.
Robby and his wife Treva, are the creators and hosts of the podcast, “Done Being Single”, (https://donebeingsingle.podbean.com), with over 200,000 listeners worldwide.