Bobby Jo Valentine is a nationally touring singer/songwriter who grew up on the seaside of Northern California. HIs songs are both earthbound and mystical, and speak of the gentle, everyday spiritual awakenings of an openhearted life. He has been awarded Song of the Year three times at the West Coast Songwriter’s Association, and has earned a growing following of listeners and supporters with music and storytelling that is compelling and poetic. His most recent collections, “Fox Eyes, Whale Heart” and “Maybe Stars,” are available everywhere music is offered online.
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 “grow deeper and deeper with each further listen”, as the music publication Soundtrack to My Day describes. The poetic nature of his stories and songs has resulted in many notable awards and a growing, supportive, loyal following. Bobby seeks to write music that means something good, and speaks to the beautiful, sacred, terrifying, mesmerizing world that we live in.
Hope-folk, soul-pop, poetic rock…Bobby Jo Valentine’s music exists outside the lines of any genre. The music’s thoughtful lyrics and catchy melodies reach listeners on all paths of life, and 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, and Song of the Year in 2017. He’s sold 18,000 albums and performed more than 700 concerts, conferences, and festivals —all without a record label—and all because of devoted groups of fans and friends who grow in number after every concert.
On any given weekend, you can find Bobby performing at a festival, in a house concert, at a gay men’s retreat, or at a spiritual community. Bobby’s music has appeared on radio and television, including a commercial for the recent Ford Fusion ©, ABC’s morning television show 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, mystical nature of the world. Faith has come to mean something much deeper, wider, and less cut-and-dried than when he started. Bobby now finds that he has just as much to learn from the people who believe differently than he does as the ones that do. Along with theatres, house concerts, and many other venues, spiritual communities around the nation frequently invite Bobby to offer his stories and songs, challenging them to question why humans believe what they do and, most importantly, how that helps them be better to the world around them. He has been invited to perform for The Wild Goose Festival, the national GCN conference, the international 2016 Emerge conference, the Kinship Festival, General Synod, and the recent Annual 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.
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, and justice-oriented non-profits, including the National Safe Place Network and Family Promise.
When he isn’t touring the nation singing his songs, Bobby lives on the windy coastline of Northern California. His new albums “Fox Eyes, Whale Heart” and “Maybe Stars” are available worldwide on Spotify, iTunes, etc, and on his website.
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