When Bob Sima (pronounced sEYE-ma) opens his mouth to sing what comes out is far beyond the human sounds of a warm and soulful voice. Beyond the songs, beyond the voice, beyond the stories. Yes...there’s more. A lesson, a nudge, a reminder, of the simple splendor of this place and these experiences we all share. The unique beauty is his presentation of these ancient messages - the conversations he has with the master teachers of the universe - in music that lives and breathes across generations. Bob has been called “Eckhart Tolle with a guitar” and his music truly heals and expands the heart. What draws you in is his ability to share these insights in a way that grabs your listening ear, inspires your beating heart, awakens your inner spirit, and transforms your most intimate desires. He is a poet, observer, scribe, and healer - all divinely bundled as a singing, songwriting transformative energy. His gift of music is a magnifying glass to the soul, each song sincere and worth repeating for a lifetime. The seemingly casual fashion that Bob makes his guitar speak is not coincidentally right in rhythm with all of the toes tapping, tears dripping, and hands clapping in the room. Bob truly moves his audiences - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Bob is a different kind of musician and songwriter, with distinctive dreams and aspirations for his audience. Bob is more influenced by the likes of Rumi and Gandhi than he is by Dylan and Springsteen.
Bob is a nationally touring singer-songwriter based in Annapolis, Maryland. He burst onto the singer-songwriter circuit by playing in coffee houses, listening rooms, living rooms, and music festivals and by winning slots to perform in major songwriting contests like Kerrville Folk Festival, Mountain Stage, Wildflower, and Falcon Ridge. He has won the hearts of many judges, including a first prize honor at Wildflower from over 500 entries. Starting out as an opener for acts such as Ellis Paul, David Wilcox, Vance Gilbert, and Jesse Harris, Bob quickly built his headlining capability with his incredibly moving and transformative live performance.
He then focused his soulful energy, sharing music at spiritual centers, positive music festivals, and other events that promote personal growth and transformation. This led him on stage at events designed to deliver an intentional message. In March 2012 he performed his song “Be The Change” at the Be The Change National Conference and shared the stage with NY Times best-selling author and peace activist Marianne Williamson, who invited him to her event Sister Giant in November 2012. He has also shared the stage with British author Peter Russell and several other luminaries.
There is no way to encapsulate his records Pour It On, Periphery, and Thin Little Veil other than his tagline “Songs from the Bright Side”. There is true spirit in these records, one that will make anyone glow straight from the heart.