They say music can speak to you and this is precisely what happened to emerging Canadian country artist Bobby Wills. He just wasn’t sure where the voice was coming from.
The singer recently released his hot new single, ‘Show Some Respect,’ the first single from Wills’ If It Was That Easy album, set to be released in September. The song has a great message and has caught on with country fans across Canada. It is # 33 on both the Mediabase and BDS charts and climbing. Check out the video below.
Bobby was adopted as a baby and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and as a teenager he was more interested in sports than in songwriting, but everything in his life was altered when some life-changing events occurred.
It all started on a trip to Australia, when a simple bet turned into something more. “We were at an open mic night and my buddy bet me $20 that I wouldn’t get up and sing with the band, so I did,” he said. “I sang “The Dance” by Garth Brooks and there was a reaction from the crowd that I didn’t anticipate. It was amazing. I’d always poked around music but I’d never put any real effort into it, so I started to learn to play guitar while I was over there.”
After his trip down under, he received a call from the adoption registry he’d joined after turning 18 and they informed him that his biological mother had registered and they wanted to know if he wanted to make a connection. Without hesitation he did, and discovered that he had five siblings. After meeting his biological family he discovered music was in his blood.
While getting to know his blood relatives he began to pursue music more seriously. He started performing regularly at open mics and toured all over Canada in a bar band playing every honky tonk and country pub that would book them.
While getting ready to record a demo in Toronto with ‘Zero to Sixty’ singer and producer Thomas Wade, his mother called to let him know that she had found his biological father. He later met his father and realized that they were two of a kind with an ear for a great lyric and the rest is history.
Bobby began to travel regularly between Calgary and Nashville and doors started to open for him allowing him the opportunity to meet and work with some of the top names in Nashville such as songwriters Wade Kirby (George Strait, Faith Hill, Emerson Drive), Mike Pyle (Blake Shelton, Lee Ann Womack) and Walt Aldridge (Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, and Travis Tritt).
Wills has been working hard at learning his craft and recently signed a deal with On Ramp Records to release a follow up to his debut release The Man With No Past, which produced a Billboard Country Top 40 hit, ‘A Little More Time.’ His upcoming album If It Was That Easy is said to be a true reflection of Bobby Wills, the artist.
check out www.bobbywills.com for more information and to preview tracks from that album. Here’s the video to his current hit, ‘Show Some Respect.’
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