Bobby Jo Valentine to perform benefit for homeless LGBT youth

Gay singer-songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine will perform a benefit for the Thrive Youth Center on January 29. (Courtesy photo)

Gay singer-songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine will perform on Friday, January 29 in a concert to benefit the Thrive Youth Center for homeless LGBT youth. This is his third appearance in San Antonio.

Valentine has independently produced three albums: A Place to Belong, By My Side and most recently, Home. There’s a new album in the works which should be ready for distribution soon. In the meantime, Valentine released a new song, Something You Happen To, in honor of the new year.

On his website, Valentine’s music is portrayed as being “about vulnerability and courage, raw talent and hard work. With truly transcendent lyrics and a voice that touches the soul, Bobby captures the heart of audiences across the country. His songs — all based on highly personal experiences — contain nuggets of pure gold, resonating and reaching to to the listener, no matter their walk of life.”

Valentine was recognized in 2011 as Songwriter of the Year by the West Coast Songwriter’s Association. That same year, the association named a song from his album, Fly, as Song of the Year.

Valentine’s most recent album, Home, addresses matters of the heart with thoughtful stories, catchy choruses, and an impressive team of musicians and guest performers.

One music writer at LA Weekly described Valentine as “The nicest guy ever to pick up an acoustic guitar.”

Valentine says his favorite venues are intimate theaters and house concerts where he can connect with the audience. “Making music full-time has been a dream I never thought could be a reality, but with the help of my fans, that dream has become a reality,” he says on his website.

“I’m trying to figure the world out and I write songs about it, then I play shows and discover more people that are asking the same questions and, every now and then, getting a piece of a hint of an answer.”

Bobby Jo Valentine in Concert to benefit the Thrive Youth Center, Friday, January 29, 2016 at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1630 Goliad Road. Admission: A free-will offering will be taken.


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