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I am singer, musician, artist, and entertainer Bobby J -- born, raised, and educated in New Orleans, Louisiana where I currently reside. I came from humble beginnings. My family had always been part of the gospel music world...my mother and father both singers. This apple didn't fall far from the tree. Early on I had the determination to become a professional drummer, never realizing my vocal talent. I was self-taught, and I practiced until I was skilled. I loved music so much that I'd sacrifice everything to be a part of New Orleans' finest, oftentimes wheeling my drums in a grocery cart to the nearby gig with Cyril Neville at Benny's. I performed with the best local r&b and jazz bands and "homeboys" like Branford Marsalis and Michael "Patches" Sewart (Al Jarreau). I played drums for the church, community choirs, and accompanied nationally known Billy Preston at a Gospel Music Workshop. But the pivotal point in my music career came when I was drummimg and singing with a New Orleans band called Cool Enterprise. That night on a gig at a local club, the owner, who doubled as the house band manager, tore down my drums, gave me a lead vocal microphone, directed me to center stage, and the rest is history.
Once my true instrument was revealed -my raspy tenor voice- I garnered more popularity in the city and region as the “singing drummer”, often compared to Jeffrey Osborne (LTD). While with Cool Enterprise Band I was recruited to sing with the all male review called Louisiana Purchase Band, who shadowed the original Temptations (in fact, our band accompanied the Temps). Our travels across the US and Canada consisted of many 6-week tours, performing alongside numerous acclaimed artists. The Purchase recorded albums, of which added to my portfolio are vinyl credits that include commercial releases (covers) Every Time You Go Away, Ain't No Woman Like My Baby, and Baby Come Back, with me on lead vocals.
By 1990, I established himself as an independent vocal artist, forming R&B band Stuff Like That to accompany me. And with untiring efforts, I musically gratified social as well as corporate audiences across the US, thereby becoming a household name.
Adding to my global base, the Bobby J & Stuff Life Band serviced high-end events for countless corporations (i.e. Coca Cola, BET Network, House of Blues, American Gas Association) and family, social, and fundraising events. In concert, I performed before, after, or alongside acclaimed artists Ali Ollie Woodson, Ashford and Simpson, Kool & the Gang, Usher, Pieces of a Dream, the Pointer Sisters, Gladys Knight, Billy Preston, Peabo Bryson, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Air Supply, and Larry Graham, to name a few.
In 2001, I received the Jazz Foundation of America's Gospel is Alive Award for my dedication and contribution to Gospel music. In 2005, by request of Quint Davis, the Bobby J & Stuff Like That Band performed on the R&B stage at the Jazz & Heritage Festival. In 2014, I was a nominated and selected participant to Deluxe Corporation's Small Business Revolution of America Documentary Series for tenacity and leadership in the music community. Today, still unrivaled, as many say, I am recognized as one of the most diverse, dynamic and elite entertainers across America so prepare to relive a lifetime of music.