Chicago Bob

Songwriter Music and Producer

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Award winning 5 star creator of original music with a unique ability to create music that matches the intent and feeling of the lyrics/vocals. Bob creates great melodies and provide instrumentals tracks that can include a piano, drum, bass, guitar and a string/pad/lead instrument and will work with the vocalists to put a great whole song together

The typical feedback Bob gets is that his songs and productions capture the intent of the project and are reflective, contemplative and beautiful. He tends to be more of a country/pop/indie/worship/rock ballad mid-tempo writer but also enjoy creating chill, EDM , New Age and music that can work on orchestra soundtracks, meditation, corporate and other sync projects.

Early during the developmental process Bob will send a draft version to make sure you are on the same path and/or adjust accordingly to insure complete client satisfaction. Bob use some amazing voice synthesizer AI technology that will help create a vocal demo of a melody idea (for no additional cost) to use with your final singer of choice.

If you need lyrics Chicago Bob can provide that service too, If you need production of the entire song Bob can hire the singer, final mixer and any other services you may need to complete your song project.

Bob has always worked on the music side, in studios, of the songwriting continuum and has used this site for some amazing collaboration on his original songs--you can listen to the latest song More of Me below as one example of a song with a lot of commercial success.

For those new to the music business Bob also provides coaching and help in getting your songs distributed and played.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

26 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Mario C.
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    Bob, you have been more than helpful to me. You’re clearly very knowledgeable of the industry and are very talented as well. I’m very grateful for you taking a lot of your own time to provide me with tips and resources to get started in the industry. I look forward to working together.

  2. Review by Lynn H.
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    Chicago Bob is an exceptional artist and great to partner with. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome for my song. He created instrumentals so beautiful that a well-known singer told me how much she likes the melody/music. In the end, after vocals were added, he polished my song off and made it more beautiful. He is dedicated to putting together sounds that capture meaning and feeling.

  3. Review by Rahine F.
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    Working with Chicago Bob has been a great experience. He was patient, communicative creative.
    He tried couple styles on my songs and sent to me for my input. He had no issues changing or reviewing his concepts until I was satisfied. I was not in a rush for my project so I made him understand that. He was encouraging and had offered to give me some tips that will be important to my career growth as a musician.

    Would definitely work with him again.

  4. Review by Lynn H.
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    I trusted Bob with my song and was rewarded with beautiful music that enhances the lyrics.  The rhythm moves me to take some words to new places.  I couldn't have asked for a better outcome.    
    It was a joy working with Bob---we were able to support each other's creativity.  Communication was clear throughout.  It was a pleasant experience  with zero stress.  I hope he continues doing this work because I have more songs in the works that will need music.

  5. Review by Xtina Louise
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    It is always a pleasure working with Bob. He is extremely talented at his part and is very thorough and encouraging as I complete mine.

  6. Review by Ashish P.
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    Chicago Bob is an amazing songwriter . I needed lyrics to my edm dance track and he wrote an amazing song that fit the vibe I was looking for. He also sent me a reference vocal track. He has taken my track to the next level with his creative song writing experience and even recommended a vocalist that fits the sound of my track. Will definitely be working with Bob again for my projects

  7. Review by David B Sellers Sr
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    Bob is a master at his craft. His gift and vision always enhances and teases the music around my simple words as a Lyricist. Without that kind of quality, my lyrics would merely be words that rhyme and wouldn't have the sense of fullness that resonate and creates beauty in songs.

  8. Review by Grace J.
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    Chicago Bob is not only a talent at his craft, but he is also a very professional and likeable person. His diligence and interactions on my project were commendable, and I appreciate his efforts on many levels. His correspondence during the entire process was exceptional, and he delivered some lovely music for my song. Thank you Chicago.

  9. Review by David B Sellers Sr
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    Bob is a master at his craft. He has great insight for the songs he composes for me and always exceeds my expectations. He is patient and a delight to work with.

  10. Review by David B Sellers Sr
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    Bob has never let me down and his music gives wings to my words. His vision is amazing and paints the song in a way that you can see and feel it like you were there. A rare talent, indeed.

  11. Review by David B Sellers Sr
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    Chicago Bob is a marvel at creating music from just a glimpse of a whispered melody. He has great vision and is eager to help breathe life into your project. Working with him is always a wonder.

  12. Review by David B Sellers Sr
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    Bob is so talented with his gifts of music, I feel like I'm stealing from. His knowledge and experience make his work appear to come out of thin air and manifest into the most beautiful sounds that bring tears of joy. His music is always spot on. I feel honored to have him as my composer.

  13. Review by Elliot James Mulhern Mastering
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    Bob is supremely talented, an absolutely pleasure to work on this project together, such a great communicator, super professional! Always a big plus!!!! Don’t hesitate is you have the opportunity to collaborate with Chicago Bob, you won’t regret it! Trust me!

  14. Review by David B Sellers Sr
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    Bob is a true master of his craft. His creativity and talent turned my melody and lyrics into a worthy song worth listening to over and over again. His gifted vision brought my project far beyond my expectations.

  15. Review by David B Sellers Sr
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    Bob is a gifted composer, professional and a delight to work with.

  16. Review by phillipsandersmusic@gmail.com
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    Chicago Bob listened to the song and melody I was trying to accomplish, and did it perfect! What a great melody and a way to express word for people to hear. I look forward to working with Chicago Bob in the near future.

  17. Review by Elissa
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    Bob...Has a gift of just listening to your thoughts and what you want. He then creates your dreams in a matter of minutes. Very happy with my songs he helped me with.

  18. Review by Lynx L.
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    Besides being a talented musician, Bob was very easy to work with and really strived to deliver the results I was seeking. I'm happy with the results and would definitely hire Bob again.

  19. Review by Xtina Louise
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    It was a pleasure to work with Bob! He is very communicative and gives artists direction, yet also let me be creative! I hope to work together again.

  20. Review by Joseph M.
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    Bob was very communicative and attentive while he was working on music for my lyrics. He caught on to the vision I wanted and delivered a gorgeous instrumental. Hoping to work with him again soon!

Interview with Chicago Bob

  1. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  2. A: Starting songwriting and using computers with midi in 1985

  3. Q: How would you describe your style?

  4. A: Contemplative and engaging

  5. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  6. A: Let it come naturally --fine the zone of "flow".

  7. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  8. A: Country and ballads, slow rock, indi-pop and instrumentals

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: Developing pretty melody for existing lyrics or for instrumentals

  11. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  12. A: I love country, rock and pop/rock ballets, new age-chill and old school RAP/HipHop

  13. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  14. A: Two years ago I created a song for my best friend, who died just after he had a second baby. His wife was over at my house and said I miss him more, not less, since he's been gone. I thought that was a perfect song and began writing words and a melody and then a production and had it completed here with a singer and mixer. Gave it to the family for Christmas--there wasn't a dry eye in the room. This is that song https://soundcloud.com/chicagobobp/love-you-more-ft-mella

  15. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  16. A: Several original songs that I want to submit to PG Radio; I won the top 40 songwriters in 2019 and got a lot of free music tools. Would like to win again in 2020. I am also working creating music for a client that has lyrics and needs original music that fits the intent of the song.

  17. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  18. A: I have used several and recommend: Mella, Erika Rehn

  19. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  20. A: Digital --easier more mobile. Somethings like harmonica, mandolin are analog because I can't replicate it weill digitally

  21. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  22. A: 100% guarantee. If they don't like it I will fix it

  23. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  24. A: Creativity and the results a song has on the customer when they hear their song come alive

  25. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  26. A: There are two types-- one the business side about rights to the song. The other about timing to get the project done. The third is do you think you can make this song magical

  27. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  28. A: That this is easy

  29. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  30. A: Do they have a vision of what they want the song to be? What style? What is the purpose? Is there a singer? Is there a time limit for the song? When is the project due? What is important to you? How much do you want to be involved in the process?

  31. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  32. A: listen to the demo songs they provide and see if they have the style you are looking for. read their bio to see if their musical interests meets the needs of your project. Everyone wants to be hired but I wouldn't be a good choice for types of music that I don't like or listen to

  33. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  34. A: Piano, Computer with Logic Pro, Acoustic Guitar and Harmonica, any mic

  35. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  36. A: Ryan Tedder. Great songwriter and performer John Lennon Neil Young

  37. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  38. A: My music helps people visualize the song when the hear the words and listen to the tracks

  39. Q: What's your typical work process?

  40. A: If there is no lyrics to begin I start with cords, build song structure and tempo and them right melody to the chords. When I have lyrics I start with the melody and then create tempo and chords and structure. When I don't have a project I just play random chords and melody to see what happens. I am always recording to make sure I don't miss that magic when it happens

  41. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  42. A: Running several MacBook Pros and a MacMini as my computer all running logic pro --use iPad mini as a controller. Use Native Instruments and Roli keyboards with EastWest Sounds and Komplete Kontrol as my main libraries. Have several guitars, harmonicas and mandolin. Use Scarlett 2i2 as my audio device with IK Multimedia MTM iLoud monitors

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Take existing lyrics and build beautiful melody that captures the creators intent of the words., Also will develop the musical components and the tracks to make a complete song ready for a vocalist and then final mixing and mastering

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More of Me

I was the Songwriter, Composer and Producer in this production

Terms Of Service

Produce an original song that would include five instrument tracks, melody and song structure. In most cases I can complete the song in three days and will provide frequent progress check-ins.

GenresSounds Like
  • Kygo
  • Ryan Tedder
  • Chris Stapleton
Gear Highlights
  • Logic Pro X
  • Pro Tools
  • Roli Sounds and Keyboard
  • Native Instruments Sounds and Keyboards
  • Arturia Sounds
  • Keyboard
  • Spitfire
  • Eastwest Sounds
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  • New Release: More of Me (feat. Xtina Louise)Feb 07, 2022

    My latest song was released this week MORE of ME which is about a women empowered after a breakup to find herself.  Sound featured this month on Women of Substance podcast, the Sister's in Sound Radio, NVIDIA and Lyricstudio

    Check out the YouTube video More of Me Video or listen to the song on Spotify More of Me (Feat. Xtina Louise).

  • PG Music AwardDec 29, 2020

    Selected in the top 40 new song writers in 2019