Musician Bobby Jo Valentine can relate to those who lost their homes in last fall’s Camp Fire in Butte County. The singer-songwriter lost his own home in the North Bay wildfires the year before.
That led Valentine, an artist-in-residence at Los Altos United Methodist Church, to perform a series of benefit concerts for Camp Fire victims.
“I turned out OK, and when the fires happened again, I said, ‘Well, I have my music, and I have all these people who would love to come to a concert to support the (victims),’” he said.
The Northern California native performed his sixth benefit concert Jan. 27 in San Francisco. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus was on the bill as well.
The first four concerts raised a total of $40,000, according to Valentine, who added that 100 percent of the proceeds would go to the fire victims. He is determined to exceed $50,000 through the concerts and sales of “After the Fire: Vol. 1,” a 15-song benefit album on which he appears.
Valentine – whose acoustic songs range from folk to pop and alternative – has performed all over the globe. A three-time winner of the West Coast Songwriters Association’s Song of the Year, Valentine has also given a TED Talk, titled “Finding Happiness After Loss.”
“I really love how (music) can move people,” he said, “and how it can just sound to be better versions of ourselves.”
To stream or purchase “After the Fire,” visit Spotify or iTunes.
For more information on Valentine, visit bobbyjovalentine.com.