The Brothers Bogaardt

The Brothers Bogaardt

 Penticton, British Columbia, CAN

Adult Contemporary/Easy Listening/Light Rock. Rich harmonies/Four brothers with their rich, vocally-driven, well-produced original songs. Contact: Bill Bogaardt


The Brothers Bogaardt's story, is a story of survival. Ben & Bill survived the Japanese concentration camps during the Japanese occupation on the Island of Java, Indonesia. While many thousands of children died around them, they survived, although barely. Eventhough the musical creations came much later, the family bond has always influenced their abilities to stick together through thick and thin.

Their music reaches deep from within, and reflects current happenings, from love stories, personal tragedies to up-beat, "let's-get-it-on" music that will keep your toes tappin'. Early influences are from island songs, original folk music to pop/rock songs.

Artists and groups which influenced them are the Beatles, BeeGees, the Eagles, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, Dooby Bros., Huey Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Platters, Frank Sinatra, Jim Reeves and the list goes on and on.

Their musical paths have crossed with such legends as Louis Armstrong, Gordon Lightfoot, Will Millar and the Irish Rovers, Jeff Beck, Marty Robbins, Bobby Curtola and Ian & Sylvia Tyson.

"Influences from other Artists give you the motivation to create from within, but eventhough we've acknowledged influences from other artists, we've always created our own unique style of music. Now with the Digital Revolution, a singer/songwriter can truly take charge creatively, and independently, and add a further dimension as an arranger to your own material and shape an original song to your own vision, which is what each brother has contributed to the original songs in this album".

The Brothers Bogaardt have travelled extensively across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and have performed in numerous venues, nightclubs, concerts, National TV Shows(CBC-TV) and radio shows, and their performances have always received excellent responses everywhere, from club owners, producers, and from their fans.

Part of their accreditations include an achievement for their original songs for the Canadian Documentary, 'Alberta, on the Northside", which they recorded in Nashville, Tennessee. This Documentary, competing against 600 entries from around the world, won the Gold Camera Award in Chicago, Illinois. "Their music attributed to the success of the movie", stated one of the Producers.
Their most recent performance, on Aug. 15th,2005, at the invitation of the "Aug. 15 - 1945 Foundation", commemorated the 60th anniversary by the survivors, who were Prisoners of War (POW's) during the Japanese occupation of Indonesia. The commemoration celebrated the end of the Japanese War and was held in White Rock, B.C. The Brothers Bogaardt's performance drew a standing ovation.

With the release of their first CD, under their own creative control, the Brothers Bogaardt, will seek to release this album across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. They will only perform for meaningful events or concerts.

They are now back in the studio to write and produce more original music.


The Essence of You

Written By: W.A.(Bill) Bogaardt

The Essence of You
If you're wondering who you are
When you're feeling down and out
remember..there's no doubt
how truly great you are
Yes you are the love
the love of my mind

You cause the sun to shine
and the rains now taste like wine
I will walk a thousand miles
to feel the magic of your smile
your essence fills my mind
and I know I'll never find
a love true as you
'cause there's no one quite like you

If you're wondering who you are
when you're feeling down and out
remember...there's no doubt
how truly great you are

Yes you are the love
the Love of my mind

I know we've touched the clouds
when our love has taken flight
there's never been a doubt
when our lovin's been right
in the circles of my soul
you're the essence of my life
just come and walk with me
to share the rest of my life

just come and walk with me
to share the rest of my life

Words & Music by: W.A.(Bill) Bogaardt


A Current CD of the Brothers Bogaardt's first album, was released in Feb/05, and features the following original songs:
Soulmate (3:03) up-tempo
One Word, One Song (4:16) Med tempo, catchy
The Essence of You-(3:53) Lovesong-Med slow
Second Chance (3:36) Tearjerker - Med fast
Is it Right? (4:08) Catchy,Soulful-Lovesong-Med
Just A Day without you (2:52) reminiscing love-Slow
What if (4:43) Asking Forgiveness- Med slow
Forever Baby Blues (3:12) First moment of love Med
It's Nine Eleven (3:05) Tragedy of 9/11 -Med
It's Over (2:24) Hard drivin Trucker's song- Fast

Set List

Currently the Brothers Bogaardt set list includes:
Listen to the Music - Doobie Bros.
City of New Orleans- Arlo Guthrie
Pretty Woman-Roy Orbison
Unchained Melody-Righteous Bros.
Peaceful Easy Feelin'-Eagles
Stuck on You-Lionel Ritchie
My Way- Frank Sinatra
My Sweet Lord-Beatles
Only You-Platters
Ghostriders in the Sky-Vaughan Munroe
The Heart of Rock 'n Roll-Huey Lewis
Love Story-Andy Williams
Goin' Away-
Terang Boelan/Bengawan Solo/Ketjil (Indonesian Island Songs)
Second Chance - Original from Bros. Bogaardt CD
The Essence of You- Original from Bros Bogaardt CD
... and many more
Sets are typically 45 minutes long, although, concert appearances will be longer. There are typically 3 or 4 - 45 minute sets available for an evening's performance, depending on the venue, and the prices negotiated for the performance.