Somewhere deep in the heart of everything lies a melody. It speaks to our truest selves, binds us together with the ones we love, and brings out the best part of who we are. Bobby Jo Valentine is a singer/songwriter who chases after this particular kind of music. He writes songs that travel light, but that “grow deeper and deeper with each further listen”, the music publication Soundtrack to My Day describes. The poetic nature and focus of his stories and songs is something that, along with notable awards, has resulted in an incredibly loyal following of true patrons to his art, supporting Bobby in every way as he seeks to write more music that means something good, and sounds like the beautiful, terrifying world that we live in.
Hope-folk. Soul-pop. Poetic rock. Bobby Jo Valentine’s music exists outside the lines of any genre, but the music’s thoughtful lyrics and catchy melodies reach listeners on all paths of life. The authentic, universal, uncanny nature of his songs have won him Songwriter of the Year at West Coast Songwriter’s Association twice – in 2011 and 2015. He’s sold 16,000 albums and performed more than 500 concerts—all without a record label—and all because of devoted groups of fans and friends who grow in number after every concert.
His wide range of expression has made it hard for the industry to package, but it’s the same reason his songs are gaining a loyal following around the nation. A few songs have broken through the static. Bobby’s music has appeared on radio and television, including a commercial for the recent Ford Fusion ©, ABC’s The Morning Blend, and the award winning film The Groom’s Cake. His music has received airplay from KGO, KRSH, and other radio stations nationwide.
Born into a Baptist church of strict lines and sharp edges, and coming out of that culture to discover who he really is, Bobby is now a believer of a different sort: a believer in the wild, strange, beautiful nature of the world. Faith has come to mean something much deeper, wider, and less cut-and-dried than when he started. Now, Bobby finds that he often has just as much to learn from the people who don’t believe as he does than from those who do. Along with theatres, house concerts, and many other venues, churches around the nation frequently invite Bobby to offer his stories and songs, challenging us to question why we believe what we do and, most importantly, how that helps us be better to the world around us. Among others, he has been invited to perform for The Wild Goose Festival, the national GCN conference, the international 2016 Emerge conference, the Kinship Festival, and the 2016 UCC Gathering in Southern California. He is ecstatic any time he can discuss the big questions, challenge the easy answers, and inspire people to move closer to love.
Speaking of love, Bobby loves a good love song, and is in great demand as a performer for weddings gay and straight, all over the country. He was recently named “Best of weddings” for ceremony music by The Knot, and has received more than 35 five-star reviews for his romantic, soulful singing on a couple’s big day.
Bobby is a proud supporter of equal rights for all people. He believes that we’re all in this together; that “the arc of the universe is long, but bends toward justice”; and that real justice means justice for everyone. Bobby has been invited to perform for many equal rights organizations, Pride festivals, child protection, child homelessness, and domestic violence prevention non-profits, including the national Safe Place Network.
When he isn’t touring the nation singing his songs for everyone who will listen, Bobby lives on the windy coastline of Northern California. His new album “Fox Eyes, Whale Heart” is available worldwide on iTunes and on his website.
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