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Bob Bennett

Updated: Mar 17

Bob Bennett (born March 21, 1955) is an American contemporary Christian music singer, guitarist and songwriter from Downey, California. Bennett is known for his distinctive baritone voice, Christian lyrics and folk-inspired guitar playing.

Bennett picked up his first guitar at age nine and formed a rock 'n' roll band in high school. In the late seventies he converted to Christianity and his songwriting began to reflect his newfound faith. His career was launched with the release of his 1979 folk-style debut recording First Things First. Three years later, Matters of the Heart, a recording CCM Magazine selected as 1982's "Album of the Year" and in 2001, was named as one of the 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.

Soon after the release of his next recording, Non-Fiction, he served as the opening act on Amy Grant's Unguarded tour. Lord of the Past: A Compilation followed, which peaked at 30th position on Billboard magazine's Top Christian Albums chart in 1990. The album's title song reached number one on the Christian radio charts in early 1990 and a Top 10 hit with "Yours Alone." Later in 1990, Bob joined Christian singer - songwriter Michael Card on his Way of Wisdom tour, performing in front of sold-out audiences across the country. Bob credits his tour with Michael Card as being the only reason he had a career in 1990 and 1991.

More albums followed: Songs from Bright Avenue was released in 1991, a collection of songs he wrote while struggling with the dissolution of his first marriage, followed by Small Graces, The View From Here, Christmastide and Joy Deep As Sorrow. As of 2024, Bennett still records and tours and has even done some livestream concerts that viewers can watch on their computer or TV screens in their living room.

More information on Bob Bennett at Wikipedia:


Songs from Bright Avenue (1991)

Small Graces (1997)

The View from Here (2002)

Christmastide (2009)

Joy Deep As Sorrow (2012)

Live at Judson University (2016)

Collaboration albums

Return of the Killer B's (2002) (live album with Bruce Carroll and Billy Sprague)

Six String Prayers (2007) (with John Standefer)

Songs for Israel (2010) (with Phil Keaggy, Randy Stonehill and Buck Storm)

One Sunday in Salem (2023) (live album with Roby Duke and Steve Hopkins)

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