When you’re born with a singing voice as potent
and versatile as the one Clarence Dobbins possesses you mustn’t
limit it to any one genre. Equally moving singing Deep Soul to
Soulful Blues, R & B and even Adult Alternative crossover, Dobbins
has been thrilling audiences throughout “the music city”, Nashville,
Dobbins began singing at the age of seven after gaining inspiration
from the likes of Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Albert King, Bobby
“Blue” Bland and even the smoother Soul stylings of Donnie Hathaway.
After serving his country in the Marines he started performing
professionally. In 1977 he joined The Kadillacs as their lead singer
before starting his own R & B aggregate the Clarence Dobbins Revue
by 1979, opening for Nashville artists like Freddy Waters, Lavart
Allison, and Rufus Thomas, to name a few. He and his band are
currently headlining throughout The Nashville and Memphis area..
Dobbins was born in South Nashville, just a couple of blocks from
the famed “Music Row”. At an early age he was dubbed "The Little
Entertainer" by his family. He would listen to Jackie Wilson, Otis
Redding, Sam Cooke and others on the radio and records imitating
them while dancing to their music. He released his first EP “Goes
Something Like This” in 2001, which was expanded and re-cut as “Soul
Of The Man” in 2005. The album featured a staggeringly strong
set of Soul and Blues classics plus original songs, establishing
himself as a writer/arranger (let alone producer). Despite releasing
the disc on his own he’s gone on to sell well over 3,000 copies,
mostly following shows and on the Internet.
The word of mouth generated by the disc has lead to Dobbins
releasing a CD called “The Uprising” for CDS Records in 2008.
Something Like This" (Reach Hi 2001)