Bobby Bishop resides in Lynn, Massachusetts. He was second runner-up in an artist showcase in 1999, which allowed him to work with Deftone, a producer who was just starting ReServed Records. Three projects followed - the ReServed Project in 2000, where Bobby's track featured KJ-52, his first full length album "The hip-hop alternative (community's call)" got released in 2002 and "The community music EP" in 2004. Most notably, "A song for Amy" from the 2002 release received extensive media exposure, because of the sensitive issue it adressed which is rape.
He later on began submitting music to Tod Collins, who had started a label called Beatmart Recordings. Two songs "One hit wonder" and "Lunchroom freestyle" landed on Collins's project Best of the submissions, which led to a deal with Beatmart in 2004. His first record for this label came out in 2005 and is called "Government Name".
Song for Amy part II
Amy's Song, a track on the 2005 album Government name, is about a a young woman from his youth ministry in Lynn, Massachusetts. At the time he was a youth pastor and she told him that she had been violated at her school on several occasions. The perpetrators went to jail, but this didn't change Amy's reality. Bobby : "I wrote the song alongside her, and she came to the studio with me to record, "coaching" me along the way. This 2005 version was necessary because this song has become a staple to my ministry."
In 2006 Bobby Bishop announced he had become a spokesperson for Compassion International. Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. The charity organization is founded by Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952.
In 2006 the album "Government Name" is re-released, because of better distribution through the Sony/Provident network. This Special Edition contains an EP entitled One Shot. Bobby Bishop refers to this 5 track EP as a "hip-hopera", an urban story of redemption and hope.
On October 6th, 2007 the MC announces he has signed to Chosen Records in Philadelphia and is working on a new album "Everyday Man." The project was first titled "Launch." Bobby Bishop was one of the first artists to be signed to Beatmart Recordings. He got signed in 2004. As the MC states: "I left on positive terms, just needed to turn my focus back to my family and community, and get off the road so much."
Sources: MySpace Blog: Chosen Records, October 6th, 2007.
Bobby Bishop is a Christian rapper from Lynn, Massachusetts.