Born and raised in California, Bob Bender started his career in 1975, working as a production runner for a local concert promoter. Over the next 30+ years, Bender went on to produce over 300 concerts and festivals in the Central California region.
Between 1983 and 1997, Bob worked in the capacity of Tour Manager for such artists that included Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band, Billy Preston, Dwight Twilley, Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam, Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, A Flock of Seagulls, Mark Lindsay (of Paul Revere & The Raiders fame), New Kids on The Block, and Gene Pitney, just to name a few. He has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico.
In 1997 Bob accepted the position of Manager of Artist Development for Curb Records. He went on to represent such label acts as Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, Jo Dee Messina, and Hank Williams Jr. By late 1999, he took the reins of the Christian retail division for the label, and helped develop it into a million-dollar division for the company. Soon after, Bender found himself as Director of Sales for Curb Records.
In 2005, country music legend Michael Martin Murphey, hired Bob to manage his label WestFest Records. During the next 3 years, under his management, Murphey re-released his 1970’s hit single “Wildfire” as a new mix with the popular country group “Lonestar”. Michael once again appeared in mainstream radio after an absence of over 20 years, with over 400 country stations playing his hit song, along with appearances on television, including CBS’s “Late Night with David Letterman”.
In 2008, Bob went on to oversee the television promotion and info-mercial marketing campaigns for various country, pop, and Christian artists. He has produced, co-produced, or marketed numerous concert DVD projects, including Tommy Cash’s “Fade to Black” concert, Eric Durrance’s “Turn It Off” video (which climbed to #17 on GAC’s “Country Countdown” charts).
Other various television credits include: the “Celebration for Young Americans” television concert special for George H. Bush’s presidential inauguration, “Billy Preston Live in Atlanta” concert, and the USO’s “Operation Homecoming” television concert special filmed aboard the USS Ranger aircraft carrier.
In 2015, Bender, along with his wife Debbie, entered a new phase by beginning production on a new television show called “Songs in the Spotlight”.
In addition to his television credits, Bob has produced seven album projects including; a live-in concert CD for the Grammy award winning artist Billy Preston, Gospel recording artist Joanne Cash (Johnny Cash’s sister) Americana act Steven L. Smith Band (earning a first round Grammy nomination for Americana Album of the Year), tween pop artist Bailey, country music singer Whitney Wattenbarger, pop group Grant My Wishes, and heavy metal band Se7en Dead.
Other accomplishments include: Serving on the CMTA Board of Directors for the Gospel Music Association from 2000 to 2004, and had the privilege of being a guest lecturer at Belmont University in Nashville, speaking on the business aspects of the music industry.
Currently, he's producing and hosting a podcast called “The Business Side of Music” recorded in Los Angeles, and Nashville.
Steven "Lips" Kudlow from the band Anvil
Travis Meadows, the writer for the hit song "Riser", performing on an episode of "Songs in the Spotlight".
Award winning music video "Don't Give Up On Me", produced by Robert Bender for the Rick Copus Band.
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