Rob's first single from his new, post-Idol music career is expected to be released in July, 2007.
On May 9, 2007, Rob participated in McHappy Day, working in the kitchen at the McCowan & Finch McDonald's in Toronto, to help various charities.
Rob is very proud of himself for returning to university as a mature student, after thinking that such an accomplishment was out of his reach.
As part of the duo "McMaster & James", Rob both sang and played the piano.
Rob's favourite song is Higher Ground, by Stevie Wonder.
Rob was unable to try out for Canadian Idol prior to 2006 due to contractual obligations that were part of the "McMaster & James" record deal.
Rob feels that Pearl Jam's Alive is the song title that best describes him.
As part of "McMaster & James", Rob has played venues as small as high school cafeterias and as large as sold out stadiums.
Rob made it to the Top 7 in the 2006 season of Canadian Idol, and was voted off on August 8th, 2006.
If Rob could talk to one person, living or dead, he'd choose reggae legend Bob Marley, and discuss politics and philosophies of life.
Rob's favourite book is The DaVinci Code.
Rob's favourite movie is The Shawshank Redemption.
In his free time, Rob likes to play basketball, tennis, soccer and golf.
As of 2006, Rob was in his second year of university at the University of Manitoba.
Musically, Rob identifies with Randy Bachman, of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
One of the songs that Rob composed was used on previous Canadian Idol winner Ryan Malcolm's album. According to Rob, this is one of his biggest accomplishments.
According to Rob, his nicknames are "Gobstopper," "Knobert," or "Mini-Vin".
As lead singer for the band "McMaster & James", Rob opened for such acts as Christina Aguilera, Monica and 'N Sync.
(about Canadian Idol)
Rob: This competition tests you on all levels... physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It brings out any weakness you may have and shines the spotlight on it for all to see.
(about being on Canadian Idol)
Rob: The schedule is hectic and the hours are long, but I'm loving it!
(about his father, whom Rob counts as an inspiration)
Rob: He's a very solid, honourable man. He has always had faith in me, even when I let him down.