Bobby Strange

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Bruce Springsteen (left) and Bobby Strange (right)Bobby Strange is no stranger to soulful rhythms and folk melodies. His latest ep, "reach deeper" is chock full of more introspectively-driven songs that have earned him prominent recognition as a Jersey Shore music legend.

The album produced by the extremely talented john degrazio, features old favorites, "Find It Yourself" and "You Better Think Again", and introduces two new songs in a similar vein. With his signature gritty vocals, Strange melds intelligent lyric writing and engaging melodies that ignite his audiences.

“The new stuff is mostly about not losing faith in a world and business (the music industry) that for the most part does not seem to notice you are alive,” Strange explains. “There are also some romantic ballads inspired by the greatest blessing in my life, my new wife Joyce.”

Strange says he tried his best to capture his live sound and augment it with assistance from his favorite musicians. One song he recently completed featured backup vocals by local artists Dolores and Layonne Holmes, as well as Melissa Chill. . Amadeao Ceminese played bass, Gregg Marchese contributed on the keys and Gary Weiss kept the beat. The album is his third release on Rising Records.

A musician for more than 20 years, Strange has focused the past decade on developing his talents as a solo artist with a more simplified sound. He has shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen, Gary U.S. Bonds, Richie Havens, Charlie McIntosh, Dave Sharp (The Alarm), Sam and Dave, The Crystals and Southside Johnny. Strange has performed at New Jersey's top original venues including The Stone Pony, The Count Basie Theatre and The Saint, in addition to New York's Lone Star Road House and The Bitter End.

Strange’s wide-ranging appeal also has extended to nationally syndicated radio, where his original song “Shut Up and Sing” has been prominently featured on The Laura Ingraham Show reaching millions of listeners on hundreds of radio stations across the country.

A six-time nominee for "Best Male Solo Artist" of the prestigious Asbury Park Music Awards, Strange is well known for founding Red Bank, New Jersey’s first "open mike" at the Laughing Bean in 1992. Today the showcase continues in the Internet Cafe a stronghold in the hip Manhattanique town. He has worked with Red Bank resident, Joe Cullity, and fellow singer-songwriter Erik Balky, to establish the Red Bank Society of Songwriters. The organization continues to spotlight and nurture local talent along the New Jersey coast and hosts benefit performances as well.

Strange also contributed songs for the soundtrack of I.M. Mackey’s highly-regarded Greetings from My Hometown, a documentary about the Jersey Shore music scene. Strange's popularity will take him to the United Kingdom this spring, as he tours with Bocciagalupe and the Bad Boys. Until then, he continues to play regularly at New Jersey's best original music hubs, entertaining crowds that he is no stranger to.

Here are some audio clips from Reach Inside:
(CD quality)
(AM radio)
Find It Yourself
Without It Within
You'd Better Think Again

Bobby Strange was no 1 in the Jun 2004 Playlist and no 9 in the Jul 2004 Playlist

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