Bobbi Humphrey: Still going strong

CYRIL JOSH BARKER Amsterdam News Staff | 7/12/2012, 3:07 p.m.

Along with creating music, Humphrey told the AmNews she recently completed a book that features affirmation poetry and nature photos she has taken. The book will also include a single. Humphrey is also working on several music projects, including her first gospel album. However, she says the art of creating things starts when she wakes up each day.

"I play my flute every morning on my porch. The birds respond to rhythmic patterns," she said. "I try to create something every day."

A strong advocate for artistic copyright law, she educates and mentors up-and-coming artists and gives lectures on intellectual property. While several hip-hop artists have legally used Humphrey's music, she said she has been a victim of artists using her music unlawfully and not compensating her for it. She's also savvy on the music business, always willing to give advice to those who want to enter it.

"The smartest businessperson surrounds themselves with people smarter than themselves," she said. "It's always important for any artists to have a publicist, a lawyer and an agent."

Humphrey has several upcoming performance dates, including at the New Rochelle Jazz Festival on July 15 and at Harlem's Red Rooster in August. She is also producing a jazz segment for City Councilman James Sanders. More tour dates and information can be found at www.bobbihumprey.net.