Robbie Montgomery has had an extraordinary life: in music, in cooking, in restaurant ventures, in television and in the St. Louis community, which she still calls her own. Robbie began her career in the 1960s as an Ikette, the backing group for Ike & Tina Turner. After an illness and when she could no longer sing, Robbie took her mother’s soul food recipes, and created “Sweetie Pie’s” and recently ended a 100 episodes run of the award-winning reality television show Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, which aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network. In the past two years, she’s closed one restaurant (Sweetie Pie’s at the Mangrove), opened another (Sweetie Pie’s Hamburger Heaven) and with Sweetie Pie’s locations still open in Ferguson and Grand Center, she remains an icon of both soul food and soul music. With improved health, Robbie has returned to performing and to recording, with Miss Robbie Is What They Call Me, her first substantial release in 40 years. “I’m hoping all my years as a singer, singing with all these different groups, I can make this work,” she says. “I tell everyone that music is my first love and the kitchen is my second. I’m just doing my best to put on a great show.”
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