Bobby Jo Valentine

Bobby Jo Valentine is a multi-faceted and sought-after speaker, songwriter and storyteller who grew up on the windy seaside of Northern California. He’s been called a hopeful, realist poet and a philosopher for the people. His songs are both earthbound and mystical, and speak to the gentle, everyday awakenings of an openhearted life. Bobby has given a Ted Talk, has been awarded Song of the Year three times from West Coast Songwriter’s Association, is an out gay advocate for equal rights for all, and has performed thousands of events around the globe. His compelling, poetic storytelling and songs have built a growing following of listeners and supporters, and 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 hope into the beautiful, sacred, terrifying, mesmerizing world that we live in. Tedx Speaker. Hopeful realist poet. Storyteller. Bobby Jo Valentine’s artistry crosses the lines of many genres, but his thoughtful lyrics and catchy melodies reach listeners on all paths of life. The authentic, heartfelt nature of his songs have won him Songwriter of the Year at both the West Coast Songwriter’s Association and the SoCo Songwriter Competition, the Nashville Next Level Songwriter award, and more. He’s sold over 20,000 albums and performed more than 1500 concerts, all without a record label, with the support of devoted groups of fans and friends who grow in number after every performance.
On any given weekend, you can find Bobby performing at a wild spread of venues…a festival, a house concert, a gay men’s retreat, or a spiritual community. Bobby’s music has appeared on radio and television, including a commercial for the recent Ford Fusion ©, ABC’s morning show The Morning Blend, and the award winning film The Groom’s Cake. His songs have 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 in a larger sense, in the wild, strange, mystical nature of the world and the beauty that can be found underneath almost any tragedy. Faith has come to mean something much deeper and more generous than where he started. Along with theaters, house concerts, and many other venues, spiritual faith communities around the nation frequently invite Bobby to perform. He has performed for The Wild Goose Festival, the national GCN conference, the international Emerge conference, Tedx, the Kinship Festival, and UCC General Synod, among many others, and is ecstatic any time he can invite big questions, challenge easy answers, and inspire people closer to love. Bobby is a proud supporter of equal rights and opportunities 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 is often invited to perform benefit concerts 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, and at his online store. Also, he releases new music every month on Patreon.

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