Bobby J is a singer-entertainer and bandleader based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He planted the seed for a music career in his preteen years, as a drummer, but destiny dictated otherwise. While on a gig, the club owner - who doubled as the band's manager - disassembled Bobby's drums, handed him a lead vocal microphone, and the rest is history.
It's an honor to describe the multi-talents of entertainer Bobby J. He's wholesome, genuine, loves people, and has a passion for entertaining. When he takes the stage, his melodious, raspy tenor voice soars, and immediately, captures your heart.
He's been referred to as 'a real artist with deep New Orleans roots and soul'; but MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS probably says it best:
"Bobby J is a one-man show with a talented group of musicians and singers to play up his talents, creating a memorable entertainment experience."
He's timeless. A visionary. A funk and soul master on vocals who commands any stage with his upbeat yet convincingly romantic stage presence. He truly owns his craft.
Challenged by a musical family to pursue his interests, 'Bobby J' Jordan started his music career at the tender age of 12 as a New Orleans' based gospel and secular drummer. But, it was the 70's Jack the Rapper Convention and the NACA (National Association of Campus Activities) College Tour that served as stepping-stones to showcasing his vocal talent. After years of engaging gigs on percussion instruments with local bands and playing for various churches and community choirs, while playing with a local band called Cool Enterprise, someone noticed his vocal talent, pulled him to center stage, and the rest is history.
By the early 80's, he joined the Louisiana Purchase Band, making his contribution on lead vocals to commercially released re-make recordings Every Time You Go Away, Baby Come Back, and Ain't No Woman Like My Baby. The pivotal point in his career dates back to the summer of 1990 when he founded and formed the Bobby J & Stuff Like That Band, named in honor of musical genius and hybrid Quincy Jones...one of Bobby J's influences.
After taking the stage for the first time as a solo artist, Bobby J's incomparable talent created a high demand for his services. Subsequent successes include recipient to the Gospel is Alive Award from the Jazz and Heritage Foundation (2001) for 'dedication and contribution to Gospel music'; a performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (2005) by request of Quint Davis; a nomination and selection to the national documentary series - A Small Business Revolution - that achieved national media attention upon release and publication of his resulting video documentary.
Bobby J has appeared on stage with many acclaimed artists: Ali Ollie Woodson, Peabo Bryson, Michael Henderson, D. J. Rogers, Chuck Mangione, Patti Labelle, Aaron Neville, Ashford and Simpson, Kool and the Gang, the Drifters, the Dixie Cups, Usher, Raheem DeVaughn, Larry Graham, Air Supply, the Pointer Sisters, Gladys Knight, Billy Preston, Rockin' Dopsie Jr., and Irma Thomas, to name a few. Bobby J appeared in concert for BET Network with Pieces of A Dream, and alongside Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. for the 2014 NBA All Star Show.
Bobby J is a refreshing burst of energy and talent that warms even the chilliest of souls.
BARKLEY AND CHRISTOPHER TIDMORE (THE NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE)
"How one couple chose the music for their big day in New Orleans" BY SUE STRACHAN | email@example.com DEC 12, 2018 - 8:30 PM
When it came to choosing songs and performers for their October wedding ceremony and reception, Barkley Rafferty and Christopher Tidmore didn’t know what they wanted right away.
Some big shoes to fill!
A phenomenal show...the best I've ever seen. You outdid yourselves!
Enjoyed you guys last night. Great job!
Last night was awesome; You deserved every bit of that. Congratulations!
Good Morning Bobby! Last night was magical!!!!! Not only did it showcase your talent, but it revealed how you affect an audience. From the day I started working with you years ago until last night, you have been a great friend. In other words, love you boy!!!!!
So proud of you!!! Love you!
The show was awesome...an impeccable performance; I was speechless!
I've been listening to Bobby J since I was 16 years old. He's better than ever. Performance was just as entertaining as the first time I heard him. It was perfect!
Really wonderful and full of heart!
My music quest began at age 12 in New Orleans, Louisiana, playing drums with top local bands and various churches, but by late summer 1990, I organized Stuff Like That, my vision of an old school funk cover band. Now featured on lead vocals, it wasn’t long before the Bobby J & Stuff Like That Band became a household name in cover and dance entertainment.
Between 2001 and 2014, I received the Gospel is Alive Award from the Jazz and Heritage Foundation for 'dedication and contribution to Gospel music'; performed on the r&b stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; and, was subsequently nominated and selected, respectively, to Deluxe Corporation's 2015 Small Business Revolution Series (with a nationally publicized mini video documentary) for tenacity in the music industry.
I worked alongside numerous acclaimed artists: Ali Ollie Woodson, Peabo Bryson, Michael Henderson, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, D. J. Rogers, Chuck Mangione, Patti Labelle, Margie Joseph, Ashford and Simpson, Kool and the Gang, the Drifters, the Dixie Cups, Pieces of a Dream, Usher, Raheem DeVaughn, Larry Graham, Air Supply, the Pointer Sisters, Gladys Knight, Billy Preston, Irma Thomas, Branford Marsalis, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. and Aaron Neville and the Neville Brothers.
Many say I’ve beaten industry odds as an unrivaled leader in the industry; I simply say God blessed me to do what I love. Currently, I perform for weddings, corporate and social events, and more. I support multiple charitable events by donating my time in service.
I am proud to be recognized as one of the most diverse, dynamic and elite live entertainment service providers across America. I live by the words of Emma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'”.
Listen to commercially released re-make recordings Every Time You Go Away, Baby Come Back, and Ain't No Woman Like My Baby.
Bobby J is a New Orleans based soul master on vocals and percussion.
While on a drumming gig at a local tavern, the club owner recognized Bobby's true instrument - his melodious, raspy tenor voice - pulled him to center stage, and the rest is history.
'Bobby J' Jordan is best known for his lead vocal contribution (with former band Louisiana Purchase) on commercially released re-make recordings Every Time You Go Away, Ain't No Woman Like My Baby, and Baby Come Back. He's recognized for his 2005 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival performance; as sole music-related participant in the 2014-2015 Small Business Revolution of America campaign; and, for numerous onstage performances with internationally acclaimed artists.
Since 1990 as a solo artist with his Stuff Like That Band, Bobby sets the trend in cover entertainment. His soulful sound, image and style keeps him on the forefront, servicing communities of folk nationwide that care about music.
I am Singer and Band Leader Bobby J, based in New Orleans, Louisiana. I service communities of folk that enjoy singing, swinging, and dancing alongside high quality entertainment. Genres covered include r&b, soul, funk, jazz, pop, standards, Motown, top 40, inspirational, gospel, to traditional New Orleans or any musical challenge.
2015, the Small Business Revolution of America Video Series filmed and published Bobby J's themed documentary about perseverance in a small business, giving him national exposure. He tapped into untouched markets through Offbeat Magazine (rear cover), Pandora, on Billboards, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Notes on New Orleans, BIZ New Orleans, Fundera Ledger and more.