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A true Canadian, B.J. ROBERTS is a living link to the age of Classic Country Music. He took to the guitar as soon as he could walk, twanging on a stick with a couple of strings attached. The Grand Ole Opry came to the family on the radio and B.J. fell in love with the music of Hank Williams, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. An accomplished musician, he was invited at the tender age of 16 to perform on The CFRA Happy Wanderers Radio Show, hosted by Papa Joe Brown of the famed Family Brown.

A tour in the army was followed by a life split between Victoria and Nashville working with various pick up country bands, fronting wannabe country singers, and singing in bars for nickels and dimes. Through tragedy and triumph, B.J. continued his musical dream. Along the way he performed with, opened for or recorded with such notables as Porter Wagoner, Ernest Tubb and his Midnight Jamboree, Charlie Walker, Miss Kitty Wells, David Allan Coe and Buck Owens’ The Buckaroos. One of the most memorable experiences was a personal command performance requested by the august Luciano Pavarotti who passed on the sage advice, “Never give your talents away, people must reward you for entertaining them”.

They say life is a circle and for B.J. ROBERTS the saying holds true. Through the years he recorded a few songs, but it never quite worked into an album of his own. Now, after 55 years of making others famous, he is doing it for himself.

Little did country singer/songwriter B.J. Roberts know that after watching a replay of the Willie Nelson interview on Larry King Live August 1st , 2010, that his comment to his wife Winnie, of Willie having sung with a lot of singers, and her response was, “Well, he sure didn’t do one with you, did he?”, was the foundation and idea for the song, “Willie, Will You Do One With Me”, he had dreamed of writing for years. At 72 years young approaching 73, Ottawa, Canada born and raised singer/songwriter B.J. is an example that following one’s dream can have great results, no matter how long one waits for that dream to come true.

The parallels between Willie Nelson's and B.J. Roberts' lives...

Willie Nelson

Birthdate: April 30, 1933

Willie in Nashville in early 60's

Willie did not impress producer with his singing voice.

Willie left Nashville for a while.

Willie continues to tour.

B. J. Roberts

Birthdate: April 30, 1938

B.J. in Nashville in early 60's

They didn't like B.J.'s voice.

In 1971, B.J. left Nashville, but never returned.

After quadruple bypass, B.J. is back to singing.

-Both Willie and B.J. have lost a son

-Both are singers, songwriters, and entertainers.

-Both play Martin guitars

-Both love to sing a good country-gospel song.

-Both love to entertain and bring peace and happiness to the world with their music.

-Family is paramount to both of these men.