The Independent Artist of the Year….the latest honor awarded to Bobby Marquez by the CMA of Texas. The Texas-born singer/songwriter is reaching crowds far and wide…now a member of the Wheeling, West Virginia Jamboree. Appearances on national television and Australian country music award nominations validate his love of country music is shared by many.
Bobby Marquez’s magnetic smile and refreshing tongue-in-cheek, but heartfelt,honky-tonk style stirs an energy with audiences singing and dancing along. “I think one of the coolest things I’ve seen up on stage, to date, was when Iplayed a festival in Australia and a crowd from Japan, who barely spoke English, started singing along. Goes to show that music is a universal language.” recalls Bobby.
His simple melodies and catchy lyrics have also caught the ear of some notable country music singers. Alan Jackson, Johnny Rodriguez and Ty Herndon recorded his songs. George Strait recorded a waltz written by Marquez in 2010.
For Bobby Marquez, the songwriting and performing are about connecting with the crowd, including a booming Hispanic population for whom he has become somewhat of a groundbreaker.
Marquez was quite shy as a child and music seemed to be the outlet to get his feelings out in the open. “I wrote one song called ‘That’s Life’ about my grandmother after she died. It was a way for my family to move on and celebrate her life. I’ve been really blessed to have so many people tell me that song helped them when they played it at a loved one’s funeral. What an honor,” remarks Bobby.
Growing up in the small, Texas town of Freer also prepped Bobby Marquez as an entertainer. “We knew everyone and what they were up to, so I take an interest in the people who pay good money to come see our show or buy a CD. I am never too busy to sit and have a conversation or shake a hand and that is what I do every show… and always will,” states Bobby.
Bobby Marquez’s sound is also found in those roots. Marquez remembers, “My dad loved Ernest Tubb and Faron Young. Vern Gosdin was a household voice. But my dad loved the Tex-Mex too. Freddy Fender and Johnny Rodriguez just added a mellow romance to the twang of country that I like to throw into my songs.”
Bobby Marquez’s self-titled, debut album was not only chosen as the album of the year in European ‘Country Music People” magazine, but it was also a topseller across the UK. His overseas success led to a nomination in 2011 for International Performer of the Year at the Canberra Country Music Awards.
Success at home includes three Texas Chart and Music Row Chart hits. Bobby hosted the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree. He also appeared on the nationally televised ‘Larry’s Country Diner’ and ‘Better Nashville.’ Appearances on 650AM WSM, the Grand Ole Opry station, along with airplay on iHeart Radio and the XM/Sirius satellite network add to his credits. Bobby has shared the stage with Ray Price, Mel Tillis, Johnny Rodriguez, Martina McBride, Easton Corbin, Janie Fricke, Johnny Lee and Lonestar… just to name a few.
And several online and magazine articles, including ‘The Nashville Music Guide’ all praise Bobby Marquez as the real deal and someone for music row big hitters to watch out for..
BOBBY MARQUEZ HIGHLIGHTS
*2014/2015 CMA of Texas “Independent Artist of the Year”
*Video, “Whisper,” airing nationally on Heartland and Zuus
* Host/Founder “Country With Heart” Show for St. Jude Kids
* Host “On The Marquee” Radio Show with Bobby Marquez (WWOV FM) Wheeling, West Virginia
*Artist Member of the “West Virginia Wheeling Jamboree”
*2013 Australian Country Music Awards nomination (International Entertainer of the Year)
*3 Top Ten Texas Music Chart Hits 2010
*Top 50 Songs of The Year Texas Chart #43 Year 2008
*3 Music Row Chart Hits 2010
*2 Indie Chart Songs 2010
*#1 Single in Germany 2010
*Top-Five Best Selling Album in UK 2010/2011
*Most Downloaded Honky Tonk And Traditional Song on CD Baby
*Best Album of 2009 in Country Music People Magazine
*Heard Around the Globe on Radio and the Internet
*Heard on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio “Willie’s Roadhouse”
*Songs recorded by George Strait, Alan Jackson, Ty Herndon & Johnny Rodriguez
*Featured on Nashville.com, Telemundo, Country Weekly Magazine, Digital Rodeo, Nashville Music Guide, Freer Press, Today’s Country Magazine and Country Music People Magazine
*Performances on the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree and Opry Star Spotlight heard on 650AM WSM (Home Of The Grand Ole Opry)
*Yearly performances at CMA Music Fest in Nashville, TN
*Performed shows with John Michael Montgomery, Martina McBride, Rick Trevino, Ray Price, Neal McCoy, Michael Peterson, Lonestar, Clay Walker, Roger Creager, Johnny Rodriguez, Aaron
Watson, Stoney LaRue, Asleep At The Wheel, Mel Tillis, Andy Griggs, Darryl Worley, Mickey Gilley, David Ball, Stella Parton, Brad Paisley and many more
(Beyond the music….continued)
BOBBY MARQUEZ TV/FILM APPEARANCES
*Featured Extra (George Strait’s) “Pure Country II”
*Featured Extra (Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta) “The Identical”
*Character on (Billy Ray Cyrus sitcom) CMT’s “Still the King”
*Guest On The RFD Hit TV Talk/Music Show “Larry’s Country Diner”
*Guest On The TV Talk Show “Late Night Nashville”
*Guest On The Midday Show “Better Nashville” NBC
*Guest On The Midday Show “SA Live” KSAT 12 San Antonio
*Guest On The Morning Show “Live Memphis” WREG Fox Channel 9 Memphis, TN
*Featured on Cheyenne Country Tv