Bobby Woods spent most of his childhood surrounded by the enchanting sounds of Gospel, Soul, Blues and R&B music. From a very young age Bobby listened to the radio, where he heard the sounds of Stax and Atlantic, heard all the stars and wanted to be like them.
Singing Gospel at Church is where it all started. His mother sang in the local Gospel Choir whilst his father was a very popular Sax player. In his teens he started putting singing groups and bands together. The style of music was always heavily influenced by the likes of Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklyn, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles.
Bobby has since toured the world as a Singer/Songwriter and Bandleader, performing at many of the top Jazz Festivals across Europe including Montreux. He has won many musical accolades in Jazz, Soul, Blues and R&B as a singer including ‘Best Male Soul Singer’ at the Hummingbird Black Music Awards (forerunner to the MOBOs) in 1987 and 1988. Bobby has also worked with and met many of his musical heroes including Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Eddie Grant, Bunny Ruggs (Third World Band), Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker…
Now a regular performer at the Birmingham International Jazz Festival, the festival’s organiser, Jim Simpson, said of Bobby that he "has an unusual, somewhat surprising talent for a UK-based singer. His knowledge of, and ability to perform the great American songbook is, in this country, unequalled. Adept and comfortable in the styles from Soul to Blues to Jazz, Bobby has the voice, capability and capacity to enthral that is essential in a professional performer."
To do a just little namedropping Bobby has performed one-offs for celebrities such as Martine McCutcheon, John Prescott, Demond Tutu, Rolf Harris, Jasper Carrott, Kenny Lynch, Michael Parkinson and Laurie Holloway. He has also performed for the BBC Controllers, Directors and the Board of Governors.
One prestige occasion where Bobby was deemed the must-have performer for the event was the launch of the Jaguar XF in Sutton Coldfield where he put on a show with top Jazz Saxophonist and former member of Wizard, Mike Burney. Society magazine Totally, which reported the event, says of Bobby: "His superb voice, attractive style and wide range of songs from classic standards through to Motown, Jazz and Soul make him a much sought after entertainer. He has a quality that shines through the spotlight with every performance and is a must have musical attraction."
3 piece, which includes keyboards and saxophonist
full band to include - male and female vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, sax and percussion to give that truly big band feel!
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Raised in Chicago, Bobby Woods spent his youth surrounded by the enchanting sounds of Stax, Atlantic and Motown. He heard all the stars and wanted to be like them. As a professional singer he has since gone on to work with many of his musical heroes including Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder.
Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding, What's Going On - Marvin Gaye, Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder, Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett, So Amazing - Luther Vandross, Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye, Fa Fa Fa Song - Otis Redding, Lovely Day - Bill Withers, Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding, Tracks Of My Tears - Smokey Robinson, Nightshift - Commodores, Just The Way You Are - Barry White, Stuck On You - Lionel Richie, I'm So Tired Of Being Alone - Al green, See The Trouble With Me - Barry White, Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd, Never Too Much - Luther Vandross, Respect - Aretha Franklin, You To Me Are Everything - Real Thing, Feel Like Making Love - George Benson, Mr Pitiful - Otis Redding, For Once In my Life - Stevie Wonder, Stand By Me - Ben E King, My Girl - Otis Redding, Lets Stay Together - Al Green, Just The Two Of Us - Bill Withers, Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder, You've got a friend - James Taylor, Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder, You've got a friend - James Taylor, Me and Mrs Jones - Billy Paul, If you don't know me by now - Teddy Pendergrass, How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You - Marvin Gaye, Give Me The Night - George Benson, 6,3,4,5,7,8,9 - Eddie Floyd, Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett, Killing Me Softly- Roberta Flack, Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers, Superstition - Stevie Wonder, Ain't No Stopping Us Now - Mc Fadden & Whitehead.
The name Chicago is synonymous with Jazz and Blues. Now Chicago born and raised Bobby Woods brings you his own genuine tribute to the legends of Jazz, Blues and Swing.
Hallelujah, I Love Her So - Ray Charles, Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra, Let's Fall In Love - Louis Armstrong, It Had To Be You - Tony Bennett, Bring It On Home - Sam Cook, Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles, My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone, Let There Be Love - Nat King Cole, Beyond The Sea (La Mere) - Bobby Darin, What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong, You Don't Know Me - Ray Charles, God Bless The Child - Billy Holliday, Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra, Everyday I get The Blues - Ella Fitzgerald, It Should Have Been Me - Yvonne Fair, As Time Goes By - Casablanca, Stormy Weather - Lena Horne, Kansas City - B B King, Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino, Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin, You Give Me Fever - Peggy Lee, Drowning In My Own Tears - Ray Charles, You Make Me feel So Young - Frank Sinatra, Girl From Ipanema - Astrud Gilberto, Ain't Misbehaving- Fats Waller, Just The Way You Look Tonight - Michael Buble, My Funny Valentine - Nat King Cole, Summertime - George Gershwin, I Wish I Knew - Nina Simone, I Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra, Mr Bojangles - Sammy Davis Junior.