Niles Discovery Church is pleased to welcome singer-songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine in concert on Sunday, February 2 at 4:00 p.m., as part of a celebration of our Open and Affirming identity. Tickets are a sliding scale of $10-$50, and no one will be turned away.
Bobby Jo 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.
His 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. 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 Gay Christian Network 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.
This is a great way to introduce your friends, neighbors, and family to Niles Discovery Church! Listen to Bobby Jo’s latest album on Spotify or Apple Music; watch his TEDx talk; and be sure to share our Facebook event (j.mp/bjvfeb2) with your friends and family.