HE was the voice of David Jones, an opening act for Whitney Houston and a Crown Casino favourite – now, Bobby Valentine is tackling his own music.
The larger than life personality with a soulful voice has recorded his first album, Writing My Book Again, a reflection on his intrepid journey through the world.
“It’s about me, my experiences and it’s very much written from the point of view of a guy getting into the later part of his life and looking back,” Valentine said.
“It’s all about looking back on my life and thinking about what I might have changed or what I’d like to leave the same.”
His single Too Many Beers which features on the album speaks to his many experiences in country pubs.
“I think a lot of musos that hear it identify with the story of sitting in the corner, getting drunk and getting out alive,” he said.
Valentine is launching his album at Welders Dog on July 13, smack bang in the middle of Hats Off to Country.
It was the perfect opportunity to establish himself as a country artist, a genre he said spoke to his experiences.
“I haven’t settled on country so much as it’s settled on me, it found its way into my life and I’ve always loved it,” Valentine said.
“I think it just laid dormant in my soul for a while and when I got serious about writing the country genre just fit best with what I was trying to say.”
His process isn’t methodical so much as it is mercurial, Valentine said he doesn’t remember writing most of the songs – they seem to largely fall into his lap.
“Writers talk about songs falling on them from the blue and most of these songs have done that,” he said.
“It can be a lyric, a thought, a riff, the important thing is when you have an idea to write it down or record it on your phone.
“If I’m out on a Saturday night I can tell how drunk I’ve gotten by the song ideas I record into my phone – it starts out good and ends totally indecipherable.”
Valentine plans on recording a second album in the future, with a number of original works he’s written over the years. He hopes to return to Tamworth for the Country Music Festival to have his second crack at the song writing competition.
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