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Crafty, heartbreakingly honest lyrics and soaring melodies make a Bobbie Townsend song a sonic journey, and it only takes a few bars before you find yourself singing along on the ride. “People who listen to my music can relate because they have experienced those same highs and lows,” said Townsend, a textbook Gemini who is energetic and upbeat, but not without her quiet, introspective side. “People find comfort knowing that others are struggling too.”
In 2006, Townsend was ready to showcase her music to the world. Teaming with co-producer Jay Weaver and Grammy award-winning engineer Charlie Pilzer, she recorded Liquid Emotion. This diverse collection of rock songs, with an occasional detour down a dusty country road, takes the listener on a musical trip to the destinations where all of us end up, at one time or another, exploring the themes of attraction, love, separation and reconciliation.
Whatever genre Townsend delves into, there is one unmistakable common thread: her music deals with the truth - or the absence of the truth. “My themes deal with the cycle of attraction, love, separation and reconciliation,” said Townsend. “Some of these songs are from personal experience, some are from my friends’ experiences and some even come from my dreams.”
To keep up with her prolific output, Townsend has her own home studio so she can write and record daily, penning songs for other artists and producers, including German hit-maker Ulli Weigel. Townsend also has three instrumentals on the Jay Kuntz film, Chasing The River, which was released in 2009.
“I love to sing, which is probably why melodies are so important to me, but there’s something strangely satisfying about writing the script and hearing how someone else plays the part,” said Townsend, a member of ASCAP. “I think that’s why I love songwriting so much. I get to set the scene, just like the playwright does for the actor. It’s an exciting collaboration.”