The sound of the southwest and that magnetic smile draw crowds from around
the globe. Bobby Marquez has a refreshing tongue-in-cheek, while heartfelt,
honky-tonk style that generates a good time, with audiences singing and
“I think one of the coolest things I’ve seen up on stage to date was when I
played a festival in Australia and a crowd from Japan, who barely spoke
English, started singing along,” recalls Bobby.
His simple melodies and catchy lyrics have also caught the ear of some notable
country music singers from Alan Jackson and Ty Herndon to George Strait who
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. “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 and at the Canberra Country Music Festival in Australia.
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. 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.