A native of New York, Robin Lerner graduated from NYU film school and headed West to pursue careers in both screenwriting and songwriting. Merging her love of musical theater and film, she created animated musical features for Disney, Amblin, and Warner Brothers, working with composers Galt MacDermot , Frank Wildhorn , George Stiles and Antony Drew, and producers, Steven Spielberg, and Cameron Mackintosh.
As her songs found success in the pop world with Sheena Easton, Chaka Khan, Patti
LaBelle, Jermaine Jackson, Luther Vandross, and the Backstreet Boys, Lerner signed with Maverick Music in 1996 and started traveling back and forth to Nashville.
Over the past 15 years, Lerner’s songs have been recorded by great country artists such as Randy Travis (“Out Of My Bones”, #1), Tim McGraw (“She’s My Kind Of Rain”, #1) and Faith Hill (“This Kiss”, #1) . In 1999, “This Kiss” was awarded single of the year at the 1999 Academy of Country Music Awards, and was named ASCAP Song Of The Year. “This Kiss” was also nominated for a Grammy and went on to win Song of the Year at the 2000 CMA’s.
In 2002 Lerner returned to her film roots penning the screenplay “Princess of Thieves”, which aired on ABC’s “Wonderful World of Disney” and starred Keira Knightly. Since then she has collaborated with numerous Nashville and international recording artists on their respective albums and projects. To her great delight, Bette Midler performed her song “September” every night during her infamous “Kiss My Brass” tour, “(a ballad which reflects on the actions of 9/11) and hopes to include it on her next album.
Lerner is currently writing two musicals for the stage. “Officer and a Gentleman”, with composer Ken Hirsch and Simon Phillips (“Priscilla Queen of the Desert”) directing is slated to open in April of 2012 in Sydney, and “Tears of Heaven”, with composer Frank Wildhorn and Gabriel Barre directing, which just enjoyed it’s world premiere in Seoul in February of 2011.
Robin has her own publishing company, Massabielle Music, and is represented by Whitney Daane at Kobalt Music in Nashville and LA.