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Robert German: 'Well Formed Man'

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Robert German: 'Well Formed Man'

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Trading his rural upbringing for bustling city streets, Robert German moved from Oklahoma to New York City when he turned 20, shortly after teaching himself to play guitar. Now 28, German lives in Brooklyn and fuses folk, jazz and blues to create his music. Classically trained in voice, German layers his songs with vocal variations, from clicks to trumpet-sounding wahs. He goes without his guitar on "Well Formed Man," off his debut album, Sirens of Brooklyn, to showcase his voice.

German has ranked on Sirius OutQ Hot 20 radio with his songs "Open Wide" and "Marlboro Man." Along with Sirens, German released "Marlboro Man" as a single in April 2006. His influences include Ani Difranco, Tori Amos, Dar Williams, Joni Mitchell, Happy Rhodes and Louis Armstrong.

German calls Sirens a "quirky and honest" collection of songs. He says both the landscape of Brooklyn and the collapse of a five-year relationship inspired the album.