Bobby Jo Valentine
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Bobby Jo Valentine

San Francisco, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

San Francisco, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Solo Pop Singer/Songwriter




"10 out of 10 stars - a world-class singer/songwriter"

The CD kicks things off with melodic “Real Love” a passionate piano/guitar driven intro groove with methodical musical build, hooky chorus and emotionally charged vocal delivery from Valentine. Track 2 “Come Back to bed” serves up another hooky groove, with melodic musical flow coupled with hooky harmonies and impressive guitar ambience. Track 3 “Hand to Hold” shifts gears with its warm ukulele intro eventually lending itself into a upbeat pop ballad meshed with an infectious melody and thought provoking lyrical content that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of John Maher, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson and Counting Crows. Right from the start you will notice Valentine feel quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back. The overall musical vibe has a nice, melodic poppy, hooky feel to it. The guitar playing is rock solid across the board as Valentine and company dish out impressive guitar licks, rock solid rhythm guitar playing, impressive Piano, accordion, mandolin, pedal steel, xylophone, piano, ukulele, and string movements and well placed keyboard accents. Valentine’s got solid vocal timber and is full of passion and recklessness abandon. He’s got good vocal instincts within each movement he displays an impressive falsetto and inviting timber throughout. His vocal style reminds me of a cross between Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) and John Maher. The musicianship from all the other members in the band has everything you would expect from a standard 4 piece rock band. The songs themselves are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair and signature groove. The production quality is rock solid with crystal clear high end clarity and solid low end punch. From warm and inviting “Warm is the Light” and “By My Side” to heartfelt “Home” and Vernal Falls” to melodic “Between the Lines” to upbeat “Spark” to hypnotic “Gunshot” this 13 track CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 13 “Save What You Can” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

In close Home is an impressive, passionate, poppy, hooky 13 song release from Bobby Jo Valentine. If he has a slam dunk live presentation then that would be a deadly combination no doubt. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate and highly entertaining – and clearly prove BJV is on to something special. At the end of the Bobby Jo Valentine is a world-class singer/songwriter possessing an infectious pop personality clearly worthy of worldwide recognition. One would be wise to keep a watchful on him over the years to come.

Cyrus Rhodes, Indie Music Digest - Indie Music Digest

"Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, and Regina combined - 5 out of 5!"

If Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, and Regina Spektor were to combine forces, you would have Bobby Jo Valentine. As a young boy, Valentine picked up a guitar on a California beach, and, well, the rest is history. His album, A Place To Belong, shows just how much has happened and how far he’s come since that day on the beach. Soulful and uplifting, soothing and calming, Valentine’s music is the perfect blend of indie and modern pop/rock.

“Drowning” kicks off A Place To Belong with full force, opening with an upbeat ukulele line before Valentine’s calm and passionate vocals chime in. The reggae vibe gives an intriguing contrast to the modern day pop feel, as the lyrics speak of one looking back on a love that will not die. “Our love is too wonderful just to let it die. We can’t be drowning tonight.” Valentine tells the story with confidence, as his vocals literally do all the talking. Following “Drowning” is “A Place To Belong,” which immediately takes a different direction. The drums set a solid tone with sixteenth note rhythms and the guitar line compliments the general tone, while Valentine speaks of the brokenness he is feeling and how he doesn’t feel like he belongs. There’s a pure honesty here, as he is not just a master in the craft of singing, but in the art of story telling as well. As the coda comes about his voice is even more passionate, nearly yelling on how he hasn’t found a place to belong just yet.

Stand out tracks include “Be Mine” and “Until The Last Leaf Falls.” “Be Mine” is your standard adorable love song that any girl would love to be serenaded to, with lyrics like “We go together like strings and guitars. We go together like a couple of stars in the sky, shining in the deep, dark midnight.” A simple, complimentary guitar line and a pair of bongos suit the song perfectly. Part way through, a key solo chimes in, adding a unique feel to the song, and is followed up by full force vocals from Valentine. “Be Mine” is bound to be a fan favorite.

“Until The Last Leaf Falls” has listeners clapping along to the beat as soon as the intro drops in. The Jason Mraz/Jack Johnson influence is unmistakable here, but not so much that Valentine’s unique stamp is obscured. Lyrically, Valentine is trying to convince a love to stay. “And I wouldn’t trade a million dollars for the moments we shared, because our lives are getting smaller by the tick, tick tock of the clock.” The rasp in his voice as the track finishes is a nice touch.

Closing the album is “Worthy Is The Lamb,” and is a surprising departure from the boldly uplifting tone of the previous tracks. This piece is mellow, deep, and dark, showing an unexpected and intriguing side of Valentine right at the end. Rather than being off-putting, this last-minute curveball is a welcome expression of Valentine’s talent.

Often times it is quite difficult to switch from genre to genre or to switch styles and tones, but Bobby Jo Valentine does so with ease. His voice is passionate and beautiful, using his soothing ways to demonstrate his musicality and versatility. Valentine won’t be just another Jason Mraz or Jack Johnson clone. His versatility and musicality separates himself from any other artist out there presently, and A Place To Belong is the proof.

Review by Alexa Spieler
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5) - Alexa Spieler, A-List Music Promotions

"5 out of 5 stars. Sweetness and Honesty!"

Bobby Jo writes and performs songs with an honesty and sweetness seldom heard in acoustic pop music. These are songs in search of joy, the giving and the getting. Many speak of love and longing, but so few speak from compassion and with such hope. There is no Americana affectations here, no twang in the voice, no desire to fit into a style at the club or on the radio. Simple and beautiful. - Brian Lucey, The Black Key's mastering engineer


Bobby Jo Valentine has sold over 10,000 copies of his album independently. The releases are as follows:

A Place to Belong, February 2011, Full Album

"Be Mine," the first single from the album, has received regular airplay on radio stations around the nation.

"Fly," another song on the album, has won 3 "Best Song" awards from the West Coast Songwriter's Association and also received radio play.

"A Place to Belong" was accepted into a licensing company and now receives plays in JCPenny, Staples, Office Depot, etc.

'Home', Bobby Jo Valentine's new album, has released October of 2012 and has dozens of 5-star reviews on blogs, publications, and iTunes.

In February of 2014, Bobby released a live album with upright bassist David Sachs accompanying. He is currently working on a brand new album, estimated release of fall 2014/spring 2015.



"10 out of 10...a world class songwriter," Indie Music Digest.

“Witty lyrics and catchy melodies…the nicest guy ever to pick up an acoustic guitar!” –LA Weekly

“5 out of 5 stars. Bobby Jo writes with a sweetness and honesty seldom heard in acoustic pop music.” –Brian Lucey, mastering engineer for The Black Keys, The Shins, and Sigur Ros

“It’s really lovely.” –Judah Dadone, Freelance Whales

Bobby Jo Valentine is an award-winning singer/songwriter from the windy, rocky cliffs the San Francisco Bay Area. His first album ‘A Place to Belong’ released to favorable reviews and his single “Be Mine” had radio airplay even before the album’s release. His warm, accessible melodies and often-profound lyrics have developed a following around the nation. In August of 2011, a song from the album, “Fly” won Song of the Year at West Coast Songwriter’s Association. Most recently, he was filmed in a commercial for the new 2013 Ford Fusion.

His latest album "Home" attacks matters of the heart with catchy choruses and a wonderful team of musicians behind him. Calvin Turnbull is at the producing helm, who has worked with Sheryl Crow, Five for Fighting, and other greats; David Hayes, known best for his work with Blondie and Van Morrison, brings his timeless sound to the bass tracks; and Dave Tweedie, one of the biggest drummers in the pop industry today, adds melodic, catchy rhythms to the light-hearted melodies that echo Bobby's surprising lyrical depth for a 29-year old growing up on the coasts of Northern California.

Bursting with energy at times and filled with uplifting, honest messages about hope and life’s struggles, Bobby continues to gather new listeners with every show. “Armed with just a guitar and ukulele, Bobby aims straight for the heart.” -Bruce Kaplan, Folk Unlimited

Bobby is also an advocate for LGBT and child advocacy causes, having played the main stage of many of the largest Pride events around the nation, and promotes pure, powerful love of all shapes and sizes.

Bobby Jo Valentine is currently touring the nation and sometimes farther, developing a strong, loyal following with warm, inviting melodies and lyrics filled with depth and hope.

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