Bob Gentry

Bob Gentry

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Singer/Songwriter/Piano/ Guitar Player that fits into the pop/rock genre with hooky radio-ready tunes. A modern day Elton/Billy Joel/Joe Jackson/ Beatles.

Biography

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A native of Detroit, Michigan, Bob Gentry proved to be an incredible musician at a young age, learning to play both piano and guitar on his own and amassing a repertoire of over 50 songs by age seventeen.

In his teen years, Bob found some success with the all-original rock band Moisture. Touring the Detroit club scene, Moisture attracted a dedicated following and was nominated for Best Rock Band at the Motor City Music Awards. The group was also asked to perform at Chicago’s Independent Label Festival; the first track of the Festival’s compilation CD was Moisture’s.

"I was very introverted when I was young. I was writing songs for myself with meanings that I thought no one would get. But, people found the lyrics resonated with their own lives and it helped me to realize that we all share some common experiences. By the time I was playing with Moisture I thought I had to be loud and hard-edged—that getting it in your face was the only way to get people to listen, but eventually I realized that I didn’t need to do that."

After recreating Moisture with new members in Los Angeles, the band performed on the USA Network and Canada’s MUCH Music Network, and was immediately offered a recording contract by FarmClub, then a label under Interscope Records.

Now a solo artist, Bob writes and performs with Grammy winning artists including poet/singer/songwriter Rod McKuen, best known for songs such as "Seasons In the Sun," "If You Go Away," and the Oscar nominated "Jean," and David Tyson, writer of the hit "Black Velvet" performed by Alannah Myles.

His first self-titled, self-produced album has recently earned him a spot in the top 5 Male Singer Songwriter (2006) category from the JPF Awards while the first single from the album, "Upside Down," earned him the LA Music Award for Rock Singer Songwriter of the Year (2006). The single has also found its way to regular rotation on Adam Curry’s podcast and was voted as one of the top ten PodSafe songs by associated podcasters. Several of his other songs and original score work can be heard on various films and television programs including Fox's "Bones," and the upcoming film "Anderson's Cross" as well as on NBC's StarTomorrow music competition where he reached the Top 5 of 100 acts chosen to participate.

Bob is currently in the studio working on his next project. Tony DeFranco of the famous DeFranco Family and James Lee Stanley (known to many as the 5th Monkey) appear on the album singing back-up vocal tracks.

"As I have grown musically, I think I have found a middle ground. My lyrics often still have double and triple meanings but now they’re not such a puzzle. Nothing is made up, it’s all from life experiences, and I think people can hear that and really identify with the music because of it."

A prolific and dedicated writer and musician with over 500 songs in his repertoire, Bob continues to write new songs, perform, and produce albums for other artists. He currently resides in Hollywood, California.

Bob is endorsed by Yamaha and proudly plays and records exclusively with Yamaha instruments. For more information on Bob Gentry, check out BobGentry.com.

Lyrics

The Easy Way (Jealous Boy)

Written By: Robert Dwight Gentry

What you used to be I’ve not forgot
But you’ll bounce back with any luck
I’ll see that same ol’ girl I used to know
And so you’ve been around the block
Slept your way right to the top
Of all you ever wanted in your world

You’re taking the easy way
Forgive me if I’m not overjoyed
Some things’ll never change
I’m still that jealous boy
Wishing it’d be the same
Still your jealous boy

Who you used to be I can’t forget
She’s still inside, there’s nothing left
How could you hate the one you were
And so you fantasize a lot
Became the girl I know you’re not
Looks like you made it to that world

You’re taking the easy way
Forgive me if I’m not overjoyed
Some things’ll never change
I’m still that jealous boy
Wishing it’d be the same
Still your jealous boy

I guess I’m ordinary to want you for my own
Boy, I’m just not used to sharing everyone I’ve known

You’re taking the easy way
Forgive me if I’m not overjoyed
Some things’ll never change
I’m still that jealous boy
You’re taking the easy way
Forgive me if I’m not overjoyed
Some things’ll never change
I’m still that jealous boy
Wishing it’d be the same
Still your jealous boy
Know that I’ll never change
Still your jealous boy

My Door

Written By: Robert Dwight Gentry

My door, it only opens from the right
Nothing left to hold there inside
Do you think I've lost the twinkle in my eye?
My door, it just don’t open when you try
You can knock all day if you like
Ain't nothing gonna change the way I feel inside
The fire I was feeling has died

Please turn out the light and let it go
I never really wanted you to know my true inside
Tangled in my life with no control
And if you really love me let me go
No strings, no ties
Now you know my feelings died
Now you know my feelings died

My door, with no key to let you back inside
With no bell that's ringing in my mind
Won’t you let me off this roller coaster ride
My door, I didn’t mean to keep you there outside
And my welcome mat just says goodbye

Please turn out the light and let it go
I never really wanted you to know my true inside
Tangled in my life with no control
And if you really love me let me go
No strings, no ties
Now you know my feelings died
Now you know my feelings died

Upside Down

Written By: Robert Dwight Gentry

I’ve been talking in my sleep
When I’m waking up, well my tongue is tired
I’ve been thinking I should leave
Instead of waiting for when the time is right
I’ve packed the bags under my eyes
Well I’ve seen enough to know what it’s like
It’s turning me upside down
Tell me what I’ve done wrong now
All I can do is try
When everything’s breaking me down
Looking at the inside out
Well those rules got changed somehow
Maybe it’s suicide
To stay here and just stick around
I was able to hide every bruise on my body ‘til now… ‘til now
I’ve been walking in my sleep
When I’m waking up, well my legs are tired
I’ve been thinking I should breathe
Put the window up, and get some air tonight
I’ve been dreaming I could fly
Well I’m free enough, but I’m still weighed down
It’s turning me upside down
Tell me what I’ve done wrong now
All I can do is try
When everything’s breaking me down
Looking at the inside out
Well those rules got changed somehow
Maybe it’s suicide
To stay here and just stick around
I was able to hide every bruise on my body ‘til now… ‘til now
I’ve been afraid to just walk out
Ain’t no way to stop me now
It’s turning me upside down
Tell me what I’ve done wrong now
All I can do is try
When everything’s breaking me down
Looking at the inside out
Well those rules got changed somehow
Maybe it’s suicide
To stay here and just stick around
I was able to hide every bruise on my body ‘til now… Oh, ‘til now
Upside down
Tell me what I’ve done wrong now
Upside down
Well those rules got changed somehow
I was able to hide every bruise on my body ‘til now… Oh, ‘til now

Discography

"Bob Gentry: Bob Gentry"
"Moisture: Moisture"
"Bastard: Moisture"

Set List

1. Upside Down
2. The Easy Way (Jealous Boy)
3. Babe
4. Still in Love
5. Don't Touch Me
6. My Door
7. Goldie Hawn
8. But I Do
9. Somebody New
10. Saltwater Clouds

30-45 minutes

[set depending on venue]